newsletter sign-up


Food for the planet: Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant 

When referring to Jamaican cuisine, jerk is a way to describe a style of cooking. Jamaican jerk seasoning involves marinating vegetables, meat, or fish and cooking it over pimento wood. This cooking style originated in the 17th century from formerly enslaved individuals known as Maroons.

Jerk seasoning typically contains habanero peppers and allspice, among other ingredients such as scallions, onions, and other spices.


  • 1 large eggplant cut in 1-2″ pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil


  • 2 tablespoons Jamaician jerk seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons mirin


  • Cut one large eggplant into 1-2 inch pieces. You want the pieces to be large enough to fit on the skewer
  • Place all the marinated ingredients in a bowl and mix
  • Add the eggplant and mix it so it’s fully coated.
  • Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  • Heat the grill to 400F degrees.
  • Skewer the eggplant pieces and brush with melted coconut oil (save the extra marinade)
  • Place on the grill for 3 minutes per side, until eggplant is cooked through. 
  • Place the leftover marinade in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warm
  • Remove the skewers from the grill and serve with the extra marinade as dipping sauce.

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Please let me know if you are interested in Portage & Paddle Youth Crew. I'd love to hear from you!

Contact me to sign up for

poRtage & Paddle Youth crew


Form submitted successfully, thank you.Error submitting form, please try again.