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Authentic Jamaican Patties Recipe

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This recipe yields 8 Jamaican Patties; enjoy one fresh out of the oven!

This recipe yields 8 Jamaican Patties; enjoy one fresh out of the oven!

Authentic Jamaican Patties Recipe

This is a delicious recipe for Jamaican patties; a delicious golden pastry filled with curried beef and spices.

The filling for this recipe can easily be modified if you prefer chicken or vegetable patties...the possibilities are endless!

Jamaican patties can be served alone as a tasty snack, or with rice and peas and fried plantain for a really satisfying "Caribbean-style" supper.

This recipe yields 8 patties. I usually serve a couple for supper and then freeze the rest for a quick snack anytime.

For the Pastry Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons Hot Jamaican curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup water

For the Filling

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 finely diced medium onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper (or half pepper/half Jamaica Me Crazy Seasoned Pepper)
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the dough; flour, curry powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in margarine and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the water until the mixture forms a soft dough.
  5. Handle the dough as gently as possible, and break it apart into 8 equal pieces.
  6. Using flour as necessary, shape each piece into a ball and then roll it out into an oval approximately 8 inches long and 5 inches wide. Set aside.
  7. Melt 1 tablespoon of oil or margarine in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  8. Sauté onion until soft, about 2 minutes, and then stir in ground beef.
  9. Cook until the beef is evenly brown, making sure that no pink remains. Drain off most of the fat.
  10. Stir in all the seasonings; curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  11. Mix in the beef broth and then the breadcrumbs. Simmer for a couple of minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Take off the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  12. Spoon equal amounts of the filling onto each piece of pre-rolled pastry.
  13. Wet the edges slightly, fold them over and then seal the edges neatly with a fork.
  14. Trim the patties of excess pastry around the edges, using a knife.
  15. Brush the top of each Jamaican patty with a bit of beaten egg. Using a knife, make a small slit on the top of each patty to allow the steam to escape.
  16. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until golden brown.

What to Serve With Jamaican Beef Patties

The best food to serve with Jamaican beef patties is other authentic side dishes. Some tasty examples include jerk chicken wings, plantain chips, sweet potato fries and rice and beans. For healthier options, try a radish and apple coleslaw or a crisp green salad.

For an authentic Jamaican beef patty dipping sauce, try serving a mango chutney or hot sauce on the side.

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© 2011 Louise Fiolek


poetryman6969 on December 10, 2014:

I don't usually like meat pastries but I would have to try one of these.

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 26, 2011:

LOL AA, nope this is the real meal deal. My hubby and I always say that we can enjoy these scrumptious foods as long as we keep remembering to exercise. "We Eat, We Walk". Take care!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 26, 2011:

Hi RTalloni, you can hire me to cook anytime LOL. The curry in the dough is really wonderful, and it's important not to handle to dough too much so that it stays nice and flaky. Thanks so much for your awesome comment!

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Augustine A Zavala from Texas on October 26, 2011:

BEEF PASTRIES... I thought these only existed in the movies. Mmm... Going to have to go to the gym everyday now. Just the price to pay to cook and eat all the delicious food. Thanks!

RTalloni on October 25, 2011:

These look wonderful--curry in the dough. Maybe once I got the hang of making them it wouldn't be such a big task as learning the steps, or maybe I could just move to your city and hire you! Voted up and awesome! They are beautiful!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 25, 2011:

LOL Ktrapp I just keep on going trying new ideas and won't stop until I get them just right!!! Like you, I would certainly cook more if I had the time. Mostly I'm restricted to what I can cook during the week because of time and my hubby comes home much later than me. But at the weekends we love to cook together and make a big deal of it. In fact, I have something new coming up this weekend - I'm quite excited about sharing it...

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 25, 2011:

Cloverleaf - One question, is there anything you don't cook? All your recipes look so wonderful! I just cannot seem to find the time to cook like you do, although I would love to. I bought the ingredients/yeast for your pizza recipe a month or more ago and have yet to make it. Uughh. I have got to get organized! In the meantime, you can keep posting recipes and I will bookmark them. These patties look terrific and sound full of flavor. You've got my vote up and useful!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 25, 2011:

Welcome creativelycc!

I hope you enjoy my jamaican patty recipe. I was just over reading your peppermint tea recipe and it sounds delightful. Can`t wait to read some more of your hubs now.


Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on October 24, 2011:

Thank you so much for this recipe. I love beef patties, I ate them all the time when I lived in N.Y. Cant' wait to make this recipe!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 24, 2011:

Hi Giselle, great to see you here and thanks for stopping by to read my hub :) I hope you and your children enjoy these patties, you can even make tiny ones that are great finger food too!


Giselle Maine on October 24, 2011:

I have bookmarked this recipe and plant to try it out soon. It sounds delicious! I love trying out new recipes, and we all enjoy spicy foods at our house (yes even the 1-yr old and the 3-yr old, surprisingly enough!) Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 17, 2011:

Hi Stephanie, if you like empanadas then you'll enjoy these, they are somewhat similar although I believe empanadas are deep fried. The nice thing about this patty recipe is that you can really change up the filling to whatever you like, it's very versatile. Have a great evening,


Stephanie Das from Miami, US on October 17, 2011:

Yum! These are like good! I'm bookmarking this recipe, too!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 05, 2011:

Hi there UniqueVanities!

That's a great question; if you follow the recipe "as-is" then I would rate the curry heat at about a 3 out of 5...a bit of a kick but it doesn't blow your socks off. I do use HOT jamaican curry powder, so you could always tone it down a little with a medium or mild curry powder if you were thinking about feeding a little to your beautiful daughter. I hope that helps; let me know how you get on! Thanks for the votes!

Heather from Ohio on October 05, 2011:

YUM-O. Quick question for ya... What would you rate the spice meter on this recipe. I have a 16 month old who basically will eat anything but I try not to give her anything that would bring tears to MY eyes, you know? :) Oh p.s. voted you up, useful, and awesome... and I would've voted it yummy if that would have been an option! LOL :)

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 25, 2011:

Hi Lyricallor,

Ever since we had fried plantains with our wedding dinner in Grand Cayman, I was hooked! They make an enjoyable side dish to go with these patties. Thanks for your comment!


Lorna Lorraine from Croydon on September 22, 2011:

I found it interesting that you would have it with rice and peas, and plantains. Good hub!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 16, 2011:

Hi gailalovesbijou,

It's great to see you again. I am following you in anticipation of reading many more of your hubs! I can't wait to read your recipes, I enjoyed your information about St. John very much :-)


gailalovesbijou from Wyomissing, PA on September 15, 2011:

I love to cook and plan to post many recipes. These remind me empanadas. I bookmarked this recipe and will definitely be making these. Yum!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 12, 2011:

Hi cjcarter,

It sounds as though I may have brought back some fun memories for you LOL. My husband asked me last night if I would make a batch this week so I think I know what we are having for supper tonight. When we go down to Cayman we rent a condo and actually make them down there!


Chelsea Carter-Kern from Florida on September 11, 2011:

OMG!!! I ate Patties all the time when I was in Cayman! I swear I could live off those things... I am bookmarking this hub and voting up! Thanks Cloverleaf!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on July 28, 2011:

Hi StayPos, glad you like the recipe, it's one of my favourites! Have a great day :-)

StayPos from Florida, USA on July 09, 2011:


Excellent Recipe :-)

We love Jamaican patties here in south Florida!

Thanks for sharing!

All the Best :-)

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on June 14, 2011:

Hello Denise I appreciate your great comment! If I ever happen to visit the U.P. I will be sure to check out those pasty shops. Thanks for sharing this tip :-)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 13, 2011:

I'm glad I saw this on the featured stories. I love curry in recipes and this sounds delicious. Bookmarked for easy reference and rated useful.

I used to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a large Finnish population there and the miners (iron ore) would make a similar dish that was a meat pasty. If you drive thru the U.P. there are pasty shops all around.

Welcome to Hubpages.

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on June 07, 2011:

Ah thanks Kristine! :-)

Kristine Manley from Atlanta, GA on June 06, 2011:

Cloverleaf, you have just made my day!!!!!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on May 21, 2011:

Hi Movie Master and Mel Jay, you're welcome for the recipe and I know you will enjoy them!

Mel Jay from Australia on May 21, 2011:

Mmmmm, I am so looking forward to these! Cheers,Mel

Movie Master from United Kingdom on May 21, 2011:

Hi cloverleaf, another yummy recipe of yours, thanks chef! can't wait to try this one out!

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on May 20, 2011:

Hi Seeker7, thanks for being the first to comment on this hub, I hope you enjoy making these. I made a vegetarian alternative using diced potatoes, onions, carrots, vegetable stock, and the same mix of spices...they were delicious! I am glad our "paths have crossed"!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on May 20, 2011:

OMG - these sound delicious and as you say the varieties that you can make are endless. I have friends who enjoy meat, curries and so on. But I also have friends who are vegetarian. These would be great for serving up at the same meal and satisfying all their tastes. Many thanks for sharing.

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