If you’re wondering what to serve with your Jamaican beef patties, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for Jamaican beef patties.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with Jamaican beef patties are Jamaican rice and peas, plantain chips, jerk chicken wings, or crinkle-cut fries. Try radish and apple coleslaw or a fresh green salad for healthier options. If you want a dip, try tamarind chutney or hot sauce.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Jamaican rice and peas
Continue the tropical flair of your Jamaican meal by serving it with classic Jamaican rice and peas.
It is seasoned with jerk seasoning and infused with coconut milk to help mellow everything out.
And yes the recipe does include scotch bonnets, but as long as you don’t cut them they won’t add too much spiciness (most of the heat comes from the seeds).
Canned or dried kidney beans both work.
Plantain chips are crunchy, sweet, salty, and delicious, not to mention they’re gluten-free.
They pair well with the Jamaican beef patties because the two are well-known Jamaican delicacies.
You could serve store-bought plantain chips, but I always prefer fresh ones.
Want to try them homemade?
Follow this plantain chips recipe at home – it’s super easy and will be ready in 20 minutes.
Cabbage radish and apple coleslaw
Coleslaw is a universally loved side dish, and it’s so customizable.
A classic creamy coleslaw would work well with Jamaican patties, but this cabbage, radish, and apple coleslaw takes things to the next level.
It’s crunchy and tart from the radish and the apple adds a hint of sweetness. The whole thing will brighten up your patties wonderfully.
Blackberry babe keeps it light with a vinegar-based dressing.
Tossed green salad
Sometimes you need something quick and easy (especially when you’ve left everything to the last minute).
And this tossed green salad is just that.
It’s light, fresh, and summery. And it only takes 10 minutes to put together.
Don’t forget the dressing for this tossed green salad – it brings everything together.
Jamaican beef patties are traditionally served plain without any sauce.
But if serving a beef patty without a sauce is blasphemy to you, try this tangy, sweet tamarind chutney.
The flavors will work really well with the spicy, savory beef patties.
You’ll want to slather everything you eat with this homemade tamarind chutney.
Other dip options include a jerk sauce, a hot sauce dip, or a Thai sweet chili dip.
Roasted green vegetables
Jamaican patties provide protein and carbs. All that’s missing is a side of veggies.
And my favorite way to serve vegetables is to make a delicious roasted medley.
This roasted vegetable recipe has gone with a green theme, including green beans, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
But any vegetables you have lying around will do.
Toss them in balsamic vinegar to give them a tart pop of flavors, chuck them in the oven and you’ll have a tasty side in 20 minutes.
Mexican street corn salad
Up for a slight culinary adventure?
Mix Mexican and Jamaican with this street corn salad.
First, you need to char the corn to get the signature smoky flavor, then mix it with avocado, red onion, and some fresh lime juice.
The vibrant salad will look super appetizing next to your patties, and the blend of sweet and sour flavors will contrast against the meaty patties.
Do you know why crinkle-cut fries always taste better than regular fries?
It’s because the crinkles mean there’s more surface area for the seasoning to stick to – which means loads more flavor!
You’ll need a crinkle-cutter to make these homemade crinkle-cut fries, but it’s a worthwhile investment.
If you want to stay traditional, Jamaican beef patties are normally eaten on their own with only a drink for company.
The drink has to be ice-cold so it’s nice and refreshing, but there are no restraints on what beer you go for.
Red stripe is a popular option.
And if beer isn’t your thing, you can go for a cold fruit drink instead. Orange soda would be my pick.
Another cross-culture suggestion is empanadas.
These are a similar premise to beef patties, but you can fill them with pretty much anything.
These empanadas have a shrimp filling, but other ideas include spicy beans, shredded chicken, or beef.
If you’re serving the patties at a party, empanadas are the perfect finger food to go alongside them.
Jerk chicken wings
When would anyone say no to a chicken wing (and a chicken wing with Jerk seasoning at that)?!
You can use them to whet people’s appetites for the famous patties, or just as a side to up the meatiness of the meal.
Make your own jerk seasoning with this recipe from aheadofthyme.
The best side dishes for Jamaican beef patties
- Jamaican rice and peas
- Plantain chips
- Cabbage radish and apple coleslaw
- Tossed green salad
- Tamarind chutney
- Roasted green vegetables
- Mexican street corn salad
- Crinkle-cut fries
- Ice-cold beer
- Jerk chicken wings
What To Serve With Jamaican Beef Patties
- 1 portion Jamaican beef patties
- Prepare your Jamaican beef patties according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: Jamaican rice and peas, plantain chips, cabbage radish and apple coleslaw, tossed green salad, tamarind chutney, roasted green vegetables, Mexican street corn salad, crinkle-cut fries, ice-cold beer, empanadas, and jerk chicken wings.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!