The Cayman Islands have culinary options to suit any palate. Cayman Islands food reflects the rich cultural heritage of the island and incorporates several international flavours.
Anything you can make with conch, coconut, plantain, cassava, yams, rice and peas, tuna, snapper, mangos and mahi, has been prepared in the Cayman Islands. Food in the Cayman Islands includes traditional Caribbean fare. Jamaican cuisine has also found its way on to many of the menus of the Cayman Islands and jerk seasoning has become popular on several meat dishes. Curries are also frequently used throughout Cayman.
You can find all of these ingredients and most of your favourites in our grocery stores.
Traditional Cayman food includes dishes made of turtle meat, as well as conch stew, Cayman-style beef, and an old fashioned fish fry. Of all the local deserts, heavy cake is a mainstay.
Here is an authentic recipe to try at home:
CASSAVA CAKE (HEAVY CAKE)
Provided by Ann-Rose Washburn (nee Bodden)
- 3 lbs grated cassava*
- 2 lbs light brown sugar
- 2 - 14oz cans coconut milk (wash cans out with a little water)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon Cayman Sea Salt
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1 stick of margarine or butter
- 4 heaping teaspoons cornstarch diluted in a little water
In large mixing bowl add cassava and stir in coconut milk and vanilla. Then brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir well.
In small covered container add corn starch and just enough water to dissolve. Shake. Then add to contents already in bowl.
Now add melted margarine or butter. Stir well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter glass baking pan and pour in the above mixture in pan. Bake for at 350 degrees for about an hour or until a firm golden brown is achieved.
* If you don't have access to fresh cassava you can usually find some in the freezer section with frozen fruits and vegetables.