Antiguan Street Food

Authentic food

The street food in Antigua captures the essence of the Caribbean. Vibrant, spicy, colourful, flavourful; you definitely don't want to miss out. In Antigua, street vendors have to be licensed, so you are generally safe buying food from them. However, do be careful to only order street food from vendor’s whose food is clean and fresh, as well as cooked in front of you. Here's some of the top dishes:

Saltfish Cakes: Popular in local restaurants and served by street vendors, they can be bought by the dozen or just a few at a time. Dried saltfish and salted cod is mixed with onion, sweet pepper, mashed potatoes and scotch bonnet or habenero peppers, as well as milk and flour to form a batter. The batter is dropped into heated oil and deep fried until crispy and delicious.

Black Pineapple: Named because it is ripe and ready to eat while the skin is still dark green. This unique pineapple is not just sweet, it is super-sweet. Slice it and serve it on a plate, then take it to a tropical beach and pair with a piña colada for a taste of the good life.

Breadfruit: Originally introduced to the region from the East Indies. This green fruit has a pale yellow or white flesh that is so bready it can be made into flour. In Antigua, street vendors boil the breadfruit in salted water for a few minutes, then smother it with butter, garlic, and parmesan, and bake it until it is bubbling and golden brown.

Pasties: Just like in the UK, pasties are a popular type of street food in Antigua. These savoury pastries are stuffed with meat, potatoes and onion and baked in the oven until the pastry is golden and delicious.

Johnnycakes: These delicious little cakes are a type of bread, made with butter, flour, milk, sugar, salt and baking powder, mixed, then patted down and fried in a pan. These easy-to-eat bits of bread are especially popular at beach parties and festivals.