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10 summery Caribbean dishes to discover in Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 15 July 2019

Whether you're yet to experience the joy of Caribbean cooking or are already well acquainted with the vibrant, aromatic and tropical flavours of this wonderful cuisine, Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen will help you recreate dishes from across the sunshine islands in your own kitchen. Fresh, summery and fun, this mouth-watering collection of dishes from much-loved chef and TV personality, Ainsley Harriott, combines classic Caribbean ingredients and traditional recipes with Ainsley's clever twists, from a Bajan take on fish and chips to a rum-spiked banana tarte tatin. Want to know more about what to expect from this sun-soaked cookbook? Here are ten of our favourite recipes you'll discover when you buy Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen

From the book

Ackee and Saltfish Fritters with Red Pepper Rouille

Ainsley's interpretation of Jamaica's national dish features the classic combination of ackee fruit and salted fish in delicious fritter form. Pair with a cold beer for the ultimate snack in the sun.

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Mango, Avocado and Herb Brown Rice Salad

This vibrant salad packed with the finest Caribbean produce is one of many creative recipes in the chapter on vegan dishes. Pack into your lunchbox for a summery lunch whether you make it outside or not.

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Bajan Fish Fry

A Friday night fish supper with a Caribbean twist and much more of a chilli kick than your usual fish and chips, this fun crowd pleaser includes light and crispy battered white fish, sweet potato fries and a black bean salsa.

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Monkfish Baked in Banana Leaf

For a new way to cook fish that results in a delicate, just-right texture, follow this recipe for monkfish marinated in coconut and spices and baked in a banana leaf, which you should be able to pick up in your local Asian supermarket. 

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Caribbean Fish Curry with Spinach and Coconut

One of our favourite one-pot wonders from the book, this white fish curry uses punchy Caribbean curry powder along with fresh ginger and chillies to deliver a bowl of aromatic goodness.

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Curried Goat with Rice 'n' Peas 

Another typical Jamaican dish boasting succulent meat in a rich and complex sauce served alongside Caribbean staple, rice 'n' peas, this goat curry is a special occasion favourite in Ainsley's family.

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Ainsley's Ultimate Jerk Chicken

No Caribbean cookbook would be complete without the all-important jerk chicken recipe, and Ainsley's ultimate take on this hero dish is the only recipe you'll ever need to make this hot and spicy flavour sensation. Why not ditch your traditional roast and opt for this feisty chicken dinner instead?

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Lime-glazed Pineapple with Passion Fruit Vanilla Cream

The perfect dessert to round off a summer barbecue, this simple recipe makes griddled pineapple the star of the show with a sweet and sour glaze and a side of passion fruit and vanilla cream.

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Banana Tarte Tatin with Spiced Rum Cream

Bringing together a French classic and the ultimate flavours of the Caribbean, this clever twist on a tarte tatin is a dinner party dessert that packs a rum punch.

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