Rosebud's Jamaican Yam Stew - Jack Righteous

Rosebud's Jamaican Yam Stew

Bonjour, my dear little helper! Today, we will explore the delightful world of Jamaican yams, a versatile and nutritious root vegetable that's a staple in Jamaican cuisine. Unlike ordinary sweet potatoes, Jamaican yams have a unique, rich flavor and a custardy texture that make them a joy to cook with. Let's dive into a recipe that brings out the best in these wonderful yams.

Types of Jamaican Yams:

  • Sugar-Yam: The most common and flavorful, perfect for a dish that's a little sweeter.
  • Starch-Yam: Less expensive and less sweet, great for a heartier meal.
  • Meat-Yam: The least expensive, ideal for bulk cooking.

Cooking Methods:

  • Boiled Jamaican Yams: Boiling them brings out their light, airy texture and sweet flavor, making them perfect for stews or curries.
  • Baked Jamaican Yams: Baking at 375°F enhances their natural sweetness and gives them a delightful texture.
  • Fried Jamaican Yams: Frying creates a golden brown, crispy exterior while keeping the inside soft and delicious.
  • Roasted Jamaican Yams: Roasting at 375°F brings out a deep, rich flavor, perfect for a side dish.

Recipe: Savory Jamaican Yam Stew


  • 2 lbs Jamaican yams, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 1 large onion, chopped.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped (adjust to taste).
  • 2 carrots, diced.
  • 1 can coconut milk, adding creaminess and richness.
  • 2 tsp thyme, for an aromatic touch.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil.
  • 4 cups vegetable broth.


  1. Prep Yams: Peel the yams and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cook Aromatics: In a large pot, heat the oil and sauté onions and garlic until fragrant.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Add the yams, carrots, scotch bonnet, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Add Liquids: Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer.
  5. Cooking: Let it cook until the yams are tender and the stew thickens, about 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this hearty stew with a side of rice or enjoy it on its own. It’s a comforting, filling meal that's perfect for bringing the family together.


  • Balancing Flavors: The sweetness of the yams pairs beautifully with the heat from the scotch bonnet pepper. Adjust the amount of pepper to suit your family's taste.
  • Coconut Milk: This ingredient adds a lovely creaminess to the stew, complementing the natural flavors of the yams.

And there we have it, sous-chef! Our Jamaican Yam Stew is ready, brimming with flavors and the warmth of Jamaican cooking. It's a dish that brings joy and comfort to our table. Let's share this delicious meal, grateful for the bounty and the moments we spend together. Bon appétit! 🍲👩‍🍳💖

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