How To Make Jamaican Patties

Photo Credit: Ritcharnd Moskow

Jamaican patties have been a staple among Jamaicans for many years. However, today, these patties can be bought in some of the largest international markets.

In Jamaica, the patty is often eaten at lunchtime as a full meal, especially when paired with a coco bread.

The patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric.



  • 1lb flour
  • 1 Tsp of curry powder (level of hotness as per choice)
  • 1 Tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tsps thyme
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (can be replaced by 1 tablespoon curry powder/ chili sauce)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and black pepper, as per taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup water


Prepare the pastry

  1. Take a large mixing bowl and sieve the flour in it. Add the curry powder, baking powder, some salt and a pinch of turmeric and mix them well.
  2.  Add butter and shortenings to form a mixture resembling breadcrumbs
  3. Pour in some water and knead dough out of it, slightly sticky is good enough.
  4. Roll the dough with both the hands, and wrap it using a cling film and leave it to refrigerate for an hour

Prepare the filling

  1. Heat some oil in a pan, and stir-fry the chopped onions and scallions in it.
  2. Before they start to turn brown in color, add grounded beef along with some thyme, bonnet peppers, and garlic. Sprinkle some salt and pepper along with paprika and some sugar.
  3. Sprinkle some nutmeg powder, and mix it well.
  4. Continue to fry till the mixture starts to turn dry.
  5. Mix in the breadcrumbs and some water (if required). Cook it while stirring until the mixture gets a thick and saucy consistency.
  6. Remove from flame, and keep it aside to let it cool.

Assembling the patties

  1. Sprinkle some flour on a rolling board and with the help of a rolling pin, roll the pastry dough (about 1/8th of an inch in thickness)
  2. Cut out uniform sized circles from the rolled dough.
  3. Take a spoonful of the filling and place it on a single side of the circle. Do not take too much of the filling as that might cause trouble while cooking the pastries.
  4. Wet your fingers with some water, and move them over the edges of each patty to moisten them a bit.
  5. Fold the pastry by rolling the empty side over the filled one, and shape it like a crescent. The pastry should be rolled in such a way that the edges are sealed the filling can’t come out.
  6. If needed, gently press the edges of the sealed patty with your fingers or a spoon.

Baking the patties 

  1. Set the oven to preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. Place aluminum foil in a baking dish, and arrange the patties in it.
  3. Let them bake for 30-35 minutes till they turn golden brown.

Once done, serve hot.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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