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Bajan Seasoning

June 14, 2009
bajan seasoning
Bajan seasoning is a staple in most Barbadian homes. It is used mainly in meats and fish. I rarely saw it being used in vegetable fare in the past but I do not see why not. Actually Bajan Seasoning can save sauces and bean stews or help to improve the flavour. There are always disputes to weather “X” person makes a better seasoning than “Y”. The thing is there is no perfect Bajan Seasoning recipe out there. There are some that are better than others but there is no fixed rule of what ingredients to use. Some people use parsley others cringe at using it, some people use sweet bell peppers in their seasoning. There are however a few ingredients that  shouldbe used to make a typical Bajan Seasoning. A Bajan seasoning is a wet seasoning. It can be brushed on tofu or tempeh, used in curries and bean stews or it can be used to jazz up casseroles. It can be stored in the fridge for a long time and you do not have to use too much to get a good flavour. Bajan seasoning is found  in most supermarkets in Barbados, however many people make their own at home sometimes sans a food processor. My parents use to make it just with a knife and it would have the same smooth texture as if you used a food processor. It is is 2009 and I will not slave over making seasoning like that. You can pop chopped ingredients into the food processor and in 5 mins you have homemade Bajan Seasoning. This is my version of Bajan Seasoning as I said this recipe is not fixed and you can be  very free with it. Enjoy

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  1. June 14, 2009 10:28 pm

    Love the new look!

    • latay permalink*
      June 15, 2009 8:17 am

      Thank you. You inspired me!

  2. June 15, 2009 4:57 pm

    This new blog is beautiful!!! Love the layout and the colorful photos. This Bajan seasoning sounds pretty neat. I like the idea of a wet seasoning blend…I bet this would be great in chili or soup or even spread on a sandwich!

    • latay permalink*
      June 15, 2009 6:33 pm

      Thanks Bianca. Yes Bajan seasoning can work well in soups as it gives an extra umphh” to the soups. It is a staple in my household and many Barbadians who live away from Barbados make this and have it handy in the fridge as the ingredients are easy to get overseas. I never ate it raw” per say because it is very strong plus can be salty and acidic from the vinegar. Do try it on tofu or on potatoes that you grill as it has an amazing flavour. Tay

  3. July 15, 2009 12:33 pm

    Latay,

    Thanks. I didn’t realize that you have this blog (didn’t check the earlier blog). I would rather make my own.

    We also use shallots in Indonesian cooking. I have never seen the big white or yellow onions until I move to US.

    In Indonesia, this wet hot/spicy seasoning is called sambal. We eat sambal with just about everything. But we usually put in blachan or trasi which is very gross cause it is made with fermented shrimps. Indonesians like to eat meat, chicken, fish, etc. with sambal and rice. They also put it in tofu, tempeh, vegetables, etc.

    Great to know that bajan seasoning is vegan where you are.

    I will try to make your recipe of this bajan seasoning.

    Thanks so much,

    Debbie

  4. May 22, 2010 4:55 pm

    Love it. I Usually don’t have time to make some and go with a really good brand Called Delish Bajan Seasoning, Often times when you are overseas probably the only way you can get Bajan seasoning is by making it yourself.

  5. 1luvm3 permalink
    November 9, 2010 6:25 pm

    Hey Taymer!

    It’s me again, the 2nd-gen “Bajan” that spelled Bajan only like a 2nd gen would, “Basian” =)

    I just made this seasoning and it yields about 8 cups. I followed the recipe and used 25-30 spring onions which was about 3.5 bunches. It taste peppery and I can taste a ting of the cloves and spices. Did I make it right? Is there supposed to be so much seasoning?

    Thanks,
    Jenee’
    =)

    • Taymer permalink*
      November 9, 2010 8:22 pm

      8 cups no way Maybe you used a big headed spring onion 25 spring onions gave me the one you see in that mason jar and it is far from 8 cups You are not to taste anything in the seasoning. Give it a few days to set and when you add it to your other recipes you would see. All of my testers made this with the same recipe and they did not get a lot they got the amount the book says. I can only imagine a big head spring onion would add to volume There is not right or wrong bajan seasoning once u have what I said it will be fine and again it is nothing to taste just something to flavour your food. Good luck I do suspect that it could be 2 cups if you used 30 fat spring onions but the green onions I get are very skinny so maybe that is what happened u did it right

      • 1luvm3 permalink
        November 9, 2010 9:02 pm

        Thanks Taymer! =)
        Just finished making the macaronie pie! It’s really good!

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