Jamaican Patties; Beef, Chicken, or Lamb

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

These are delicious curry-flavored pastries found in the Caribbean islands, particularly in Jamaica. Great as a snack or as a Jamaican meal compliment. I also enjoy them with a spinach, corn, and bean salad. I have used pre-packaged Crescent rolls (2 cylinders rolled out and cut into 10 circles or phyllo dough (15 sheets cut lengthwise to make 30 triangles) as a time saver. Not as good or as spicy as the handmade pastry, but sometimes there’s just not enough time. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days an reheat in microwave on medium heat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. FILLING:.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally until soft and translucent.
  4. Add garlic, cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add beef, curry, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  6. Cook until browned stirring constantly.
  7. Stir in stock and breadcrumbs.
  8. Simmer until liquid is absorbed. (aprox.10 minutes) Texture should be soft and moist. Add green onions.
  9. PASTRY:.
  10. In a large bowl, combine flour, turmeric, curry, and salt.
  11. Cut in 1/4 cup margarine and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  12. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Shape dough into a log, and cut into 10 equal sections.
  13. Roll each section into a six inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Cover with damp towel.
  14. Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pastry circle. Fold over making a half circle and press edges together. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg.
  15. Cook for 25- 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

I made these yesterday. Took me way more than an hour but I tend to putz around when I'm in the kitchen. Followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have green onions (what a shame). These were great! Next time, I wouldn't use lamb though...I don't think you'd be able to tell the difference between the lamb and beef because of the seasoning....and lamb is really expensive here. Yum. I could eat these all day. Next time I might make the filling the day ahead so it's not such a time consuming mess (for me). Good, authentic recipe. I LOVE JAMAICAN PATTIES!

jessann March 24, 2014

Made these patties tonight with lamb and sweet potato for my DH and DD, and also filled some with a spicy blackeye pea and tomato mixture for myself. We all really enjoyed them and I will deffo be making them again. The pastry was easy to make (used food processor) and having read the previous reviews before I made this recipe, I only added 1/4 teaspoon salt to the filling. Thankyou for sharing this recipe :)

Veggimel May 19, 2011

Had been searching high and low for patty recipe. Moved form Hackney to countryside and the only thing I miss is the jamaican pattys. Oh and the Turkish food. ok all the variety of food in London. Made these last night. I was really pleased with how they turned out. My 6 year old gave them an 8 out of 10 only because they weren't quite spicy enough for him. My fault though....I accidentially put 1 tablespoon of cumin instead of curry! To balance i added ginger, tumeric, coriander and chopped fresh corriander and parsley but forgot the chilli pepper. I was really worried about how they'd turn out but they were quite something. My other son who hates pattys really enjoyed them cos they did not have the spice. I used chilli sauce as a dipping to give them some heat but they were really tasty without. Easy to make. Lovely pastry. All held together wonderfully. Thank you very much. I will be making these again for sure. xxxxx

hawfrost December 19, 2010