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Jamaican Inspired Jerk Lentils

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course


Global eating is so important, and I feel like I'm able to experience a little more by learning about jerk spice. So delicious and if you're lucky enough, hopefully you can find this spice in your international section of your store.


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp jerk seasoning (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 tsp brown mustard
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 cups mushroom or vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Zest of 1 lime


  1. In a medium pot, add in onion and saute until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add in ginger, garlic and bell pepper and saute until garlic and ginger become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add in lentils, tomatoes, jerk seasoning, mustard and maple syrup.
  4. Stir to combine and then add broth.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat down to a simmer.
  6. Cover lentils and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed by the lentils and lentils have become tender.
  7. Add in lime zest and lime juice, stir and remove from heat to serve.


  • Save some prep time by purchasing pre-mince ginger and garlic (definitely no shame doing that). 
  • Really great as a meal prep item paired with either rice or plantains and some veggies like spinach. 

Keywords: jerk spice, lentils