Jamaican Boiled Dumplings A Heartwarming Family Recipe - Jack Righteous

Jamaican Boiled Dumplings A Heartwarming Family Recipe

Jamaican Boiled Dumplings: 

Today, we're going to embark on a delightful culinary adventure and make Jamaican Boiled Dumplings. This simple yet soulful dish is a staple in Jamaican cuisine and a perfect way to bring a piece of Caribbean warmth into our kitchen. Let's roll up our sleeves and get started!


  • All-Purpose Flour: The base of our dumplings.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to enhance the flavor.
  • Water: To bind our ingredients together.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Mixing the Dough:

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt. Stir them together to evenly distribute the salt.
    • Gradually add water to the flour mixture. Use your hands, my dear, to mix until a dough forms. The dough should be soft but not too sticky. If it feels too dry, add a little more water.
  2. Forming the Dumplings:

    • Once our dough is ready, let's divide it into equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball.
    • Then, flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand. We're aiming for a round, thick disc shape. Remember, there's no need to rush; take your time and enjoy the process.
  3. Boiling the Dumplings:

    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully drop the dumplings into the boiling water, one at a time. Make sure they don't stick together.
    • Let's boil them for about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. You'll know they're done when they start to float.
  4. Serving:

    • Once boiled, use a slotted spoon to gently remove the dumplings from the water. Let them drain a bit.
    • Serve these dumplings warm. They're delicious on their own or with a favorite Jamaican dish like callaloo or ackee and saltfish.

Storage Tips:

  • Refrigeration: Cool the dumplings completely, then store them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the dumplings on a parchment-lined baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Serving Suggestions:

These dumplings are perfect with various Jamaican dishes. Try them with callaloo and saltfish, mackerel rundown, air-fried plantains, or curry chicken.

Remember, cooking is not just about the food; it's about the love and care we put into it. So, take your time, enjoy each step, and most importantly, have fun! Once you're done, you'll have a delicious, comforting dish that's a true representation of Jamaican culinary tradition. Happy cooking, sweetheart!

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