Chefs’ Favorite Caribbean Pantry Staples You Can Order Online


f you want to cook Caribbean food at home, stock up on these chef-approved pantry staples.

Living in Toronto, you’re never very far away from amazing Caribbean food. From the eateries of Little Jamaica to newer fusion-inspired spots like Patois and Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen it’s impossible to ignore the Caribbean influence on the city’s food and culture as a whole. (Case in point: Toronto’s iconic Jamaican restaurant, The Real Jerk was chosen as the location for Drake and Rihanna’s “Work” video).

As a Torontonian, I got used to being able to find delicious Trinidadian roti, perfectly fried tostones, and freshly baked Jamaican patties whenever the craving struck.

When I moved to the west coast a few years ago, I was no longer able to find many of my favorite Caribbean food and pantry items at the local grocery store. Instead, whenever I would travel to the Caribbean (or other larger cities where there’s a Caribbean population), I’d always make sure to bring back jars of my favorite hot sauces, marinades, and sweet treats. However, with international travel currently on hold, I’ve had to get creative with my shopping.

The good news: If you’re looking to add a taste of the Caribbean to your pantry, there’s a plethora of delicious options that you can easily order online—from Jamaican marinades and Aruban hot sauces to Puerto Rican sweets and Cuban aji cachucha peppers.

Whether you yearn to recreate your favorite island comfort foods or are simply looking for ways to kick your pantry options up a notch, we polled Caribbean chefs and rounded up some of our favorite products that are available online stateside.


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