Microwave Jamaican Curry Goat

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Curry goat is in many people’s opinion, the holy grail of Jamaican cuisine. For decades curry goat recipes have been kept secret, closely guarded by specialist chefs who would be brought in to exclusive banquets with just one mission – to cook the best curry goat the island of Jamaica has ever nyam [eaten].

Today I’ll partly break the curry goat secrecy. If I give you the old curry goat recipe, I may be killed. I can however give you the microwave version of the curry goat dish which I must say will blow your mind and send your taste buds into a total state of delirium! This curry goat recipe may be a little more complicated than other microwave dishes but it still should be within anyone’s grasp so give it a go.

You'll Need

  • A large, round, microwave safe, glass or Pyrex dish with a lid
  • 1kg of goat meat or mutton on the bone (get your butcher to chop the meat up into 5cm cubes 'cos you'll never be able to cut through the bone at home)
  • 2 whole spring onions / scallions chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet sliced
  • 1 tbsp pimento / allspice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 and a 1/2 tbsp curry power
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tbsn tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 handfull of potatoes chopped
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of water


Select your microwave oven's power to get the correct timing
Total Cooking Time = 60 mins, 0 secs

  1. Wash the goat meat /mutton in cold water and place in the dish
  2. Throw all of the ingredients except the water in with the meat and massage together with hands or stir in with a wooden spoon.
  3. Allow the meat /mutton to marinate in the fridge for at least 1/2 hour. Leaving it longer would make the taste even better.
  4. Remove from the fridge and stand for 15 minutes to take off the chill
  5. Pour the water into the dish, add the potatoes, give it a stir and put the lid on
  6. Put the dish in the microwave for 40 minutes and cook on full power.
  7. Stir in another 1/2 cup of water into the curry goat and put it back into the microwave for another 20 minutes on full power
  8. Taste the microwave curry goat to check whether it's tender. (It should fall of the bone and kind of melt in your mouth). If it is still a little tough, return to the microwave on full power for 5 minutes and repeat the check until the meat is tender.

To Serve Microwave Jamaican Curry Goat

Dish out your microwave curry goat as any typical Jamaican serve theirs on a bed of plain white rice. If you were at Jamaican wedding, you'll probably get your curry goat with some fried plantain, so you could give that a go too.

Microwave Jamaican Curry Goat Tips

That scotch bonnet pepper sitting on top of the microwave curry goat in the picture is just a garnish. Scotch bonnet pepper which is a very popular part of Jamaican cuisine is one of the hottest peppers on the planet so do not eat it unless you have an asbestos lined mouth!  To give your microwave curry goat that melt in your mouth extra tenderness try beating it with a meat tenderiser. A meat tenderiser is like a little hammer with spikes. If you don't have one of those beat up the meat with your fists, a rolling pin or anything hard. (Be careful of the bones though)

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