Fuelling The TCI: 15 Of The Most Loved Caribbean Dishes In The Turks & Caicos

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Had a heavy one at Sandbar and feel like some comfort food? Look no further. Here are 15 of the most loved dishes and side dishes in the TCI.

FISH & GRITS

A breakfast of buttery grits and nutritious salt fish make for a stellar way to start the day.

Where can I get it? IGA Smart and IGA Gourmet Supermarket.

HASH LOBSTER

A homemade delicacy where lobster is boiled, diced finely and combined with an onion, sweet pepper and tomato sauce. Chilli is added to taste and served with rice and peas. Where can I find it? Most commonly found at restaurants in Grand Turk like The Salt Raker Inn, or in a local’s kitchen. Click here for the recipe.

JERKED CHICKEN

Ingredients vary but this dry rub is a mixture of Jamaican allspice, garlic, scotch bonnet peppers, brown sugar, thyme, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Where can I find it? Almost everywhere, but when in doubt, Chinson’s.

RICE & PEAS WITH PINEAPPLE SLAW

Delicious pork fat and sugar-infused rice with kidney beans and creamy flavoured slaw.

Where can I get it? Readymade at any IGA Supermarket.

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

The universal definition of comfort food, this favourite can be found on most restaurant menus as a side or is available readymade at IGA Graceway.

CONCH: CURRIED, CRACKED, CEVICHE, CHOWDER, AS A BURGER OR FRITTERS WITH THOUSAND ISLAND SAUCE

Conch is one of, if not the, local island delicacy.

Where can I find it? Almost any restaurant worth its buck.

GROUPER SANDWICH: BLACKENED OR GRILLED

Often served with fries or steamed veggies.

Where can I find it? Mr. Grouper

SWEET FRIED PLANTAINS

Fried in oil, these are simply delicious. If you’re buying plantains from a supermarket remember the more beaten up the skin, the sweeter it is.

Where can I find it? On most restaurant menus as a side dish.

YUCCA FRIES

Yucca is a root in the same family as potatoes, with a sweet nutty flavour. Made into fries, these are as moreish as Mac n Cheese on a hangover.

Where can I find it? Served as a side dish with a creamy sauce at Somewhere Café & Lounge.

BBQ GLAZED PORK RIBS

There’s little that complements the texture of slow cooked pork than the tangy zing of dense BBQ sauce…

Where can I find it? Crackpot Kitchen.

CURRY GOAT

A popular fixture of Indo-Caribbean cuisine, curry goat is a mixture of diced goat, curry powder, thyme, pimento seeds, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oil and stock.

Where can I find it? Chinson’s.

OXTAIL STEW

Dark, hearty, rich and sticky, this stew is made up of a variation of green vegetables such as leeks and celery, then carrots, tomatoes, herbs, oil, beef stock and optional red wine.

Where can I find it? Chinson’s.

RUM GLAZED PINEAPPLE

Grilled pineapple soaked in a rum, brown sugar and cinnamon glaze. Delicious served with ice cream. Where can I find it? You can get these ingredients in the supermarket and is a great way to spend an afternoon on a rainy day. Click here for the recipe.

RUM CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM

This is the local dessert native to the TCI. It’s kept vacuum packed and so incredibly moist, with a balance between the kick of the rum and the fluffy texture of the cake. Available in three flavours: original, chocolate and Bomba-shay.

Where can I find it? IGA Supermarkets and FOTTAC in The Regent Village, Grace Bay.

KEY LIME PIE

Made with a combination of flaked coconut, macadamia nuts, key lime juice, eggs, sugar and dark rum (optional).

Where can I find it? Osprey Beach Hotel in Grand Turk serves up a delicious key lime pie right by the beach.

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