Caribbean Green Seasoning Recipe

Spring or green onions are often called scallions but these have clear bulbs developing. Their flavor will likely be stronger than true scallions.
Spring or green onions are often called scallions but these have clear bulbs developing. Their flavor will likely be stronger than true scallions. Guy Montag
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups seasoning (serves 30)
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This green seasoning recipe will impart a genuine taste of the islands to your food.

It's that certain something that comes to people's flavor memories when they think of Caribbean food. When West Indians living abroad crave a taste of home, they are usually yearning for a taste of a stew, curry, or baked poultry or meat in which green seasoning has been used.  It is very similar to sofrito but spicy.

Making your green seasoning is easy. All you need are fresh ingredients. And, these days, you can find a variety of herbs year-round.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups chopped green onions 
  • 2 cups chopped Chinese celery
  • 2 packed cups chopped cilantro, including leaves and young stems
  • 1 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 packed cups sweet basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 whole Scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup water or vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Divide the ingredients into two equal batches. Add to food processor one batch at a time. Pulse or let whirl until all the ingredients are very fine. Drizzle in just enough water to moisten the mixture. Repeat with the second batch of ingredients.
  2. Transfer to glass jars with airtight lids and store in refrigerator or, for longer storage, pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
  3. Remove frozen cubes and store in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer.

    Note: The cubes can be used directly from the freezer without thawing. If you are using it for marinades, thaw first.

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