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What to Serve with Jerk Pork? 12 BEST Side Dishes

Okay, let’s talk about jerk pork. It’s spicy, saucy, and needs the perfect sides to balance it out. We’ve all had that moment when we’re staring at a perfectly grilled piece of jerk pork, wondering what’s going to join it on the plate.

We’re here to help you level up your meal game. From crispy plantains to mango salsa, we’ve got some tasty suggestions.

These side dishes are going to make your meal unforgettable. Simmered beans, tangy coleslaw, and more are coming your way!

Ready to make your jerk pork shine? Let’s get into it!

Top 12 Side Dishes for Jerk Pork

Here are the top 12 side dishes that pair perfectly with jerk pork:

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavorDifficultyTime
Coconut Rice and PeasRice, coconut milk, pigeon peasCreamy, coconutModerate30 min
Mango SalsaMango, onion, cilantro, limeSweet, tangyEasy15 min
Roasted Sweet Potato WedgesSweet potatoes, oil, spicesSweet, spicedEasy45 min
Jamaican CabbageCabbage, onion, garlic, thymeSavory, herbalEasy20 min
Pineapple ColeslawCabbage, pineapple, mayoSweet, creamyEasy20 min
Grilled PlantainsPlantains, oilSweet, caramelizedEasy20 min
CallalooCallaloo, onion, garlicEarthy, savoryModerate30 min
Jamaican CornbreadCornmeal, milk, eggsMoist, slightly sweetModerate1 hour
Steamed Callaloo and DumplingsCallaloo, dumplingsEarthy, starchyModerate45 min
Jerk Corn on the CobCorn, jerk seasoningSpicy, smokyEasy30 min
Jamaican Rice and PeasRice, pigeon peas, coconut milkAromatic, creamyModerate45 min
Fried PlantainsPlantains, oilSweet, crispyEasy15 min

1 – Peach and Tomato Salad

Firstly, let’s talk about jerk pork. A classic Jamaican dish with a punch of spice and flavor.

To balance out the heat, we love pairing it with a peach and tomato salad. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and tangy.

Just chop up ripe peaches and tomatoes, toss in some fresh herbs like basil or parsley, add a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The flavors work together harmoniously – juicy peaches complement the tangy tomatoes, while the

2 – Mango Salsa

This side dish is a zesty companion for jerk pork. We blend ripe mangoes with red onion, lime, and cilantro.

The mango brings sweetness, while lime and red onion add tang and crunch. Cilantro gives it an herbal kick.

Our tip? Use the ripest mangoes you can find. It balances the spicy pork perfectly. A refreshing and vibrant choice. We love how it adds a burst of freshness to each bite.

3 – Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Roasted sweet potato wedges are about to be your new obsession. We use sweet potatoes, olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Toss them in smoked paprika and garlic. The outside gets crispy while the inside stays soft.

Perfectly balanced with sweet and savory flavors. The touch of smokiness is a game-changer.

They are like fries but better for you. We think they’re even better dipped in some aioli.

4 – Jamaican Cabbage

Let’s talk Jamaican cabbage, our next star side dish. Shredded cabbage, carrots, bell peppers get sautéed to perfection.

Cook them with garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, and vinegar.

The result is crunchy, spicy, and slightly tangy. This dish brings a nice, balanced heat that pairs well with jerk pork.

One of us loved it so much that they practically licked the plate clean. The flavors blend seamlessly, creating a delightful experience.

5 – Pineapple Coleslaw

Pineapple coleslaw is the cool twist your jerk pork needs. It’s so fresh and tangy with shredded cabbage, carrots, and juicy pineapple chunks. Add a splash of lime juice, and throw in some chopped cilantro.

The flavors really pop! The pineapple adds a sweet and juicy bite that complements the spicy pork. We love how it’s crunchy and slightly sweet. Pro tip: Save some for later; it gets even better.

6 – Grilled Plantains

We love grilled plantains for their caramelized sweetness and soft texture. They’re simple to make and taste fantastic.

Slice plantains lengthwise, coat with olive oil. Grill until they’re golden and slightly crispy.

Smoky with a natural sweetness that counters the spice of jerk pork. Our tip? Go for ripe plantains; they’re sweeter and richer.

We find that they’re easy to prep and always a hit at dinner.

7 – Callaloo

Callaloo is a Caribbean gem we adore. It’s a mix of amaranth leaves, spinach, or taro leaves, with onion, garlic, and thyme.

It’s sautéed to perfection, adding coconut milk for creaminess. The flavor is rich and slightly nutty, which balances the spicy jerk pork.

We love it with a hint of scotch bonnet pepper for some heat. This dish takes us back to family dinners, comforting and delicious.

8 – Jamaican Cornbread

This side dish is a delightful blend of cornmeal, flour, and spices. It’s a bit sweet, a bit savory, totally delicious.

We mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and nutmeg. Stir in eggs, milk, and melted butter until smooth.

Bake until golden brown. It’s moist on the inside, slightly crispy outside. We love it with jerk pork.

Our tip? Add a touch of honey for an extra layer of sweetness. It’s simple but elevates the flavors. This cornbread complements the spicy pork perfectly.

9 – Steamed Callaloo and Dumplings

Ready for something new? Steamed callaloo and dumplings are like a warm hug. We steam the callaloo, bringing out its tender, earthy taste.

We mix flour, salt, and water for fluffy dumplings. Both come together to create a rustic, flavorful side.

The callaloo’s greens and dumplings make a great balance. Perfect for soaking up those jerk pork juices. This combo is a table favorite, adding a touch of comfort to your meal.

10 – Jerk Corn on the Cob

Boom! Jerk corn on the cob is next up. Sweet corn grilled to perfection with a spicy jerk seasoning. We first slather the cobs in butter.

Then we sprinkle salt, pepper, and jerk spice mix. It’s a fiery and sweet combo that dances on your tongue. Think of that smoky flavor you adore. We love the contrast; crispy char with juicy kernels.

Pro tip: Squeeze some lime on top for a zesty kick. The perfect way to amp up your summer cookout!

11 – Jamaican Rice and Peas

Jamaican rice and peas bring color and flavor to your table. It’s coconutty, aromatic, and slightly spicy. We use rice, kidney beans, coconut milk, garlic, thyme, and scotch bonnet. The beans add heartiness, and the rice is fluffy.

We love how the coconut milk makes it creamy. It’s sweet and savory, making jerk pork shine. Perfect combo for any meal. This is our all-time favorite rice dish.

12 – Fried Plantains

We seriously can’t get enough of fried plantains. They are simply sweet, soft, and a little crispy on the edges. Plantains are like bananas’ cooler cousin. We slice them thick, toss them in a bit of oil, and fry until golden.

You’ll love the caramelization and earthy sweetness. Perfect for balancing out the heat of jerk pork. Give them a shot; they’re a real treat.