What Types of Food Do People Eat in Barbados?

People in Barbados eat Bajan food, which is a hybrid blend of British, African and Indian cuisine styles. The national dish is cou-cou served with flying fish; this dish is a food that is made from corn meal and okra. Other staples include local fish, sweet potatoes and yams, breadfruit, rice, cassava and pasta. The most prominent foods on the island are sugar, rice, potatoes, molasses and corn.

Some other ingredients commonly found in Bajan cuisine include asparagus, yellowfin tuna, snapper, mahi mahi and barracuda. These dishes are usually seasoned with salt, black pepper, paprika, marjoram, garlic, thyme, parsley and basil. It is customary for islanders to eat street food served by vendors, including the Friday Night Fish Fry.

Sweet food is very common in Barbados, due mainly to the fact that sugar is grown there. Candies like guava cheese, tamarind balls, peanut brittle and chocolate fudge are very popular treats.

Some other common Bajan dishes are pudding n' souse, which is made from pig intestines stuffed with sweet potatoes; fish cakes; black pudding; flying fish sandwiches; macaroni pie with fish; and candied sweet potatoes. Rice dishes are also served often, with the most popular being black eye peas and rice. Rice, kidney beans and parsley is another staple.