20 Flavorful Tropical Dishes
Turn up the heat with sweet and spicy island fare.
With two types of fish and a combination of delicious spices, this dish is a seafood lover's dream and total crowd-pleaser.
- Recipe: Caribbean Fish Stew
Serve this meaty main dish (ready in 25 minutes!) with a tangy-sweet relish for a bright taste of the tropics.
- Recipe: Pineapple Pork Chops
There are as many different jerk marinades in Jamaica as there are curry powder blends in India. This fragrant version is a little lighter on the hot peppers than some, but feel free to kick it up a notch by adding more, or make it milder by substituting jalapeños.
- Recipe: Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice
Cook up the flavor of the islands by grilling chicken on skewers with pineapple, onion and bell pepper pieces, and topping with spicy lime butter.
A flavorful marinade makes this pork sandwich a winner.
- Recipe: Cuban Sandwich
This simple and beautiful salad also features creamy avocado.
Recipe: Mango-Pineapple Crab Salad
Eggs Benedict is a breakfast indulgence, but this version is so delicious you’ll make it any day. Make the crab cakes the evening before for quick work the next day. The hollandaise needs to be made just before serving, but it’s easy and takes less than 15 minutes.
- Recipe: Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
Don’t let the ingredient list fool you―this recipe is quick and full of flavor. The cool pineapple salsa blends well with the hot cooked shrimp. Try the shrimp and pineapple, topped with slices of a mild cheese, on toasted rolls for a jazzy sandwich.
The sweet-and-sour sauce tastes great on fish or white meat―try it with chicken or pork. If you can’t find guava nectar or jelly in your store, substitute apricot.
Create a tropical dessert by grilling pineapple slices tossed with a mixture of orange marmalade and fresh lime juice. The finishing touch is a scoop of coconut sorbet.
The Jamaican Jerk Rub is spicy, but sweet mango and ripe avocado buffer the heat.
Make this super-easy, super-flavorful punch your go-to drink at your next grilling party.
- Recipe: Ultimate Rum Punch
Replacing some of the milk with canned coconut milk is the secret ingredient to making this island-style French toast.
- Recipe: Coconut French Toast
We couldn’t stop eating this delicious blend of seafood and fruit. The interesting technique of salting the onions really does make a difference―they become mild enough to not overpower the fruit, but you can still taste their flavor.
Reprinted with permission from Simply Shrimp (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Copyright 2007.
It’s easy to substitute chicken, the key is using thin cutlets. If you can only find large breasts, slice in half horizontally, then pound to an even thinness.
Add Caribbean Fish Packets to your weeknight menu. With just 5 ingredients, you can have this fish dinner ready in less than 20 minutes.
- Recipe: Caribbean Fish Packets
The key to great grilled scallops is a preheated grill. The grates must be hot when the scallops are placed on them, otherwise the scallops with stick and tear. If you are not a grill pro, you can broil in the oven for similar results.
- Recipe: Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette
To make this tasty drink special, be sure to garnish it with fresh pineapple wedges, citrus slices and a cherry. Arrange the fruit on a wooden skewer, then cover with clear wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Recipe: Patio Daddy-O Planter's Punch
To keep the avocado looking fresh and green, toss the slices in the salad dressing before placing on top.
- Recipe: Avocado and Pineapple Salad
You’ll want to cut large sea scallops into pieces so they “cook” evenly in the citrus juices. If you prefer traditionally cooked seafood, blanch the scallops in boiling salted water for 1 or 2 minutes, then proceed with recipe.
- Recipe: Scallop-Papaya Seviche