Simmer down, sample sweet stewed pork

Author:  Minna LaFortune
Recently a friend of mine asked me what is my favorite Caribbean meat stew.

Stewed porkJamaican stewed pork is great with ground provisions, dumplings and steamed pak choy. Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 1⁄2 lbs. pork, cut into one inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1⁄3 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper,
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Season pork with  salt, onions , garlic , soya Sauce, pepper and thyme. Marinate pork overnight.

Add oil in a Dutch pot. Remove onions, garlic and thyme from pork. Brown pork pieces in heated oil.

When all the pieces are browned, add ketchup and water and allow it to come to a boil.

Add pork, garlic, onions and thyme.

Cook over low heat, simmering for one hour until fork tender. Taste for salt.

Add corn starch mixture (cornstarch with water) and stir until thick. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve over hot rice or with ground provisions and dumplings and steamed cabbage or pak choy.