Green Seasoning

The Secret Behind Trini Cooking

Today’s recipe, is “Green Seasoning” which, to me, is the real secret behind our trini cooking.When we’re making green seasoning here in Trinidad and Tobago, everyone has their own way of making it. The ratios of some of the ingredients may differ but no matter how it’s made one thing remains the same, it’s green and it’s delicious. In fact I knew of a guy that loved green seasoning so much that he used to eat it between two slices of bread. Yes! It could be that delicious sometimes to some people.

Green Seasoning: The Signature For a Trini Dish

From our favourite stews to the wonderful exotic curries, green seasoning lays the foundation to that signature trini taste. When meats are marinated with this mixture of fresh aromatic herbs the results are amazing. The green seasoning permeates down to the bones of the meats when it is properly marinated and only then, you can really attempt to make any of the other trini dishes with success.


So it is that simple..If you want to cook like a real Trini learn this recipe first. Are you ready to make green seasoning Trini style? Here’s green seasoning. It doesn’t get more trini than this.



1 bundle celery
2 heads garlic, cleaned and chopped
3 onions, chopped
6 leaves big leaf thyme
5 sprigs spanish thyme
8 sprigs fine leaf thyme
36 leaves chadon beni
12 pimento peppers, rough chopped
4 bundles chive, rough chopped
1/4 cup vinegar (optional)
1/2 cup water
salt to taste
1 hot pepper (optional)



Some of the ingredients: onions, garlic, celery and pimento peppers (seasoning pepper)

Chop the above ingredients and add to chive, big leaf thyme, chadon beni and spanish thyme.

Add some of the ingredients, 1/2 cup of water and
about 1/4 cup of vinegar in the blender.
Note: Add handfuls of the ingredients at a time and make sure the blender’s cover is tightly secured. The ingredients will have to be blended in batches! You may add the hot pepper at this step if desired.


Blend until smooth.

Strain the green seasoning mixture and collect the liquid below.
The liquid will be reused to blend the other batches of ingredients.

Collect the strained mixture in a separate bowl.

Making Green SeasoningWhen all the ingredients have been blended pour everything, liquid also, into a bowl
and add salt to your liking

Store in containers and refrigerate.

Simple wasn’t it? The green seasoning lasts a long time if it is refrigerated. I personally prefer this type of fresh seasoning than the store bought kind that’s riddled with MSG and other preservatives. I hope you enjoy making this green seasoning recipe as much as I do. Bye!

Don’t forget to leave your comments about this Green Seasoning recipe in the comment box below.

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14 Responses to Green Seasoning

  1. Minq February 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I don’t have pimento peppers were I come from. (Small town, lol), could I substitute the pimento peppers with a small to medium sized bell pepper instead?

  2. Felix February 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    It would taste different but I guess if that’s what you have, that is what you would have to use.

  3. Erkarina March 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I must say that you have the most detailed recipe blog for trinidadian food. very good for you.

  4. Felix March 12, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Thank you ErKarina :-)

  5. tpayne January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    where would i find Culantro (chadon beni)leaves?

    • gname November 4, 2012 at 2:01 am #

      Try any Asian store and look for Culantro, it would be in the fresh herbs section, it’s easy to miss, so look carefully.

  6. anita February 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I am familiar with fine thyme leaves, but not famliar with spanish and big leaf thyme. Any suggestions as to where to buy them? Thanks!!

    • Felix February 8, 2013 at 12:52 am #

      Where are you USA?

  7. anita February 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    where do you get it in NY?

  8. dc June 3, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Greetings Sir,
    Quick question – maybe I may have asked you this before – can you confirm the “36″ (as in thirty six) leaves of chadon beni? As soon as I get back to Trini I would like to make this but wondering if the chadon beni might overpower? Thanking you for your reply!

    • Felix June 3, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      36 leaves is correct

  9. Sherrisse January 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    What is spanish thyme and big leaf thyme. I live in NY. Thanks

  10. MrsEmpress January 21, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I’ve noticed that, after I’ve made the seasoning and refrigerated it for some days, there is a liquid layer on top. I only put a few capfuls of vinegar (definitely not 1/4 cup) and no water. What causes this separation? Should I pour it off or just stir it back into the seasoning?

    • Felix January 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      Just stir it back or shake the bottle…with the cover on of course lol!! :)

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