Goat Curry

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Goat Curry/ Curry Goat is a combination of goat meat and spices mainly curry seasoning slow-cooked until the meat is tender. The dish may have originated from the Caribbean or India. The Jamaican curry is marinated overnight and slowed cooked.

If you ask anyone who loves Jamaican food to pick his or her favorite, this Curry Goat would no doubt make an appearance on the list. This goat curry is so easy to make and requires readily available ingredients.

What Is Jamaican Curry Goat?

Jamaican cuisine is known for its mouthwatering dishes, and this Jamaican curry goat is no exception. It’s one of my favorite recipes from the Caribbean.

Who wouldn’t want stocky goat flesh soaked in a rich seasoned mixture of fiery habanero, thyme, onions, garlic, and ginger with a wonderful curry blend? Nobody!

This recipe always stands out  among other curry dishes because of it’s vibrant spices and robust flavors.

Is Jamaican Curried Goat Healthy For You?

Yes, Jamaican curry goat is healthy for you. Goat meat is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories, making it a healthy choice compared to beef and pork. The goat flesh, in particular its high collagen content, makes the meat an ideal ingredient for curries.

However, if you are trying to watch your fat intake, it’s not the best choice for you.

What Are The Ingredients For Goat Curry?

The Jamaican curry goat is a blend of goat meat with Jamaican curry powder and hot spicy pepper. Typically, to make an excellent Jamaican Curry Goat, you will need the following:

  • Goat meat: I use goat meat with the bones in, but you can use boneless if you wish.
  • Tomatoes and red bell pepper: These vegetables add an infusion of flavor to the curry and help thicken it, so you don’t need a thickener.
  • Spices: Smoked paprika, ground cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, bouillon powder, and curry powder, which is the most important ingredient. The spice list may be long, but curry dishes have robust and complex flavors. Trust me, you need all these aromatic spices!
  • Aromatics: Onions, garlic, and ginger.
  • Coconut milk: To make the goat curry rich and creamy.
  • Cooking oil and water: All the liquid the goat meat needs to cook until it becomes tender.
  • Potato: Contributes to the heartiness of the dish and thickens the stew a little bit
  • Salt and All-purpose seasoning.

How To Cook Goat Curry

If you are wondering how to make a well-spiced curry goat? The secret is to marinate the meat. A good marinade should add plenty of flavors, tenderize the meat and help keep it moist as it cooks.

If you can leave your curry goat to marinate overnight in the fridge, you will be rewarded with amazingly succulent and flavorsome results.

The recipe for this goat curry is very simple and easy to recreate at home.

Where Can I Get Goat Meat From?

It might not be so easy to find goat meat, depending on where you live. Your best bet might be at your local butcher, and you can get meat from a whole goat or just part of it. Sometimes I get them from an African, Asian, or Hispanic store, but it might be a bit more expensive.

If you have access to a butcher, keep in mind that meat from an older goat is usually tougher. So if you want more tender goat meat, ask for meat from a younger female goat.

Goat meat might be challenging to cook but using an instant pot makes the process so much easier and quicker.

How Long to Cook Jamaican Curry Goat?

Even though goat meat is super tasty and sweet, you will not enjoy it if you undercook or overcook it. Therefore, be mindful of the timing. On average, the cooking time should be about one hour thirty minutes, a little more or less depending on how chunky your cut your meat.

Tips On Cooking Jamaican Curry Goat

  • If you use All-purpose seasoning, wait to do a taste test towards the end of your cooking before adding salt. This will help you correctly gauge the level of saltiness in your dish, as All-purpose already contains some salt.
  • Pat the meat completely dry before seasoning to ensure the excess moisture doesn’t wash it off.
  • For the best results, leave your meat to marinate overnight.
  • If you cannot find a scotch bonnet, you can use habanero pepper in its place.
  • Your curry goat is only as good as the type of curry you use to cook it. Be very selective when choosing your curry powder.
  • Try not to add too much liquid at once, or you will end up with a watery and flavorless curry sauce. My recipe will give an almost gravy-like texture, which is perfect.

Storing And Reheating

This instant pot goat curry keeps well for about 5 days in the fridge. You can also make a big batch and freeze it in a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 3 months.

To defrost, leave it overnight in the fridge till it thaws. Then, warm on the stove with very little water on medium heat.

What Can I Eat This Recipe With?

The superb curry recipe is usually served with white rice. It goes well with Jamican Rice and Pea, Boiled Yams, or  Baked Plantains.

Goat Curry

Goat Curry

Curry Goat is a combination of goat meat and spices mainly curry seasoning slow cooked until the goat is tender. The curry goat may have originated from the Caribbean or India.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Sauces and Soup
Cuisine Jamaican


  • 3 - 3½ lbs goat meat cut in chunks
  • 5 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 5 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 medium peppers
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper optional
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder optional
  • salt to taste


  • Mix all the ingredients together except for the potato and scotch bonnet pepper. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours.
  • Transfer to the one-pot and add 1 cup water and pressure cook for 30 mins.
  • Add potatoes and adjust seasoning to taste. Add the scotch bonnet pepper. 
  • Slow cook for 15 or until potatoes are tender.
  • You may adjust thickness of soup with water or stock.


Keyword Curry Goat, Goat, Goat Recipes
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