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Barbados is a beautiful island with endless opportunities for adventure, and it is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. Barbados is best known for its traditional national dish Coucou and flying fish, but there are many other delicious Barbados foods to try on this lovely small island. In this blog post, we will go over 5 delectable Barbados food that you should try while visiting and exploring the island’s beauty. So Let’s get started.



Mahi Mahi

Barbados dishes are well known for their fresh seafood, and one of the most popular seafood dishes in Barbados is Mahi Mahi. The fish can be found in warm water environments such as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

The fish fillet is seasoned with Caribbean spices just before cooking and can be grilled, baked in the oven, fried, and marinated in lemon garlic sauce.

It goes well as a side dish with white rice, potatoes, or salad, or with steamed vegetables like asparagus, green beans, and spinach. It also works well as a sandwich or taco filling. If you’re looking for a tasty seafood dish in Barbados, try Mahi Mahi in whatever form you prefer you will be amazed.

Fish cakes

Fish cakes are another delectable seafood dish to try in Barbados. The main ingredient is always boneless salted cod or saltfish that has been boiled in water, flaked, and mixed with onion, garlic, thyme leaves, and parsley, as well as butter, flour, milk, and baking powder, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and Bajan pepper sauce. They’re then deep-fried in hot oil.


In Barbados, fish cakes can be served for breakfast, as a snack on the go, or as an appetizer; however, they can be combined with a variety of sides to form a complete meal. Here are some options:

Salad: It goes well with any type of salad, but green salads are especially tasty with it.

Roasted vegetables: It complements any roasted vegetables, especially potatoes.

Rice: any type of rice you want, as well as squash noodles and cauliflower rice.

If you want to eat it as a snack between meals, try it with tartar sauce; the two go well together.



Conkies are a popular treat in Barbados, especially during the month of November when the island celebrates its independence.

In other countries, such as Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, this delectable dish is known as paime and is traditionally prepared on Creole Day.

It is typically made of grated coconut, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin combined with raisins, sugar, corn flour, spices, white flour, and salt, then wrapped in clean and sanitized banana leaves.

Conkies should be on your list if you’re looking for something new and sweet to try on your next trip.

Bajan Salt Bread

a photo of Bajan Salt Bread

 Barbados is well-known for its fresh salt bread, which is available in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the island. It can be a hearty breakfast with cheese, eggs, ham, or peanut butter, or a hearty lunch with a Mahi Mahi dolphin recipe or fish cakes to make a delicious sandwich.

Although it is called salt bread, it is not particularly salty and can be paired with any filling.

Salt bread is made by combining flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar, and vegetable oil with water until a soft dough forms, then dividing it into small balls and placing it on a baking sheet for 1 hour until the dough doubles in size, then baking until golden. It is a delicious bread that both locals and tourists enjoy.

Guava Cheese

Guava Cheese is a sweet snack or dessert that is popular during the holiday season in Barbados. It’s called guava Cheese, but it doesn’t contain any cheese. It’s simply made from guava, a delicious and nutritious tropical fruit grown in Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

Guava cheese is a chewy fudge that looks and feels like jelly, but the ingredients are very different.

It is made simply with guava, which is steamed before being pureed in a food processor and then cooked in a pan on medium heat with sugar, lemon juice, salt, butter, and red food coloring until it forms a thick paste.

Then cool on a nonstick tray before cutting into small squares or diamonds.

It’s that easy and flavorful; try it as a dessert after dinner and you’ll be blown away.

Best places and restaurants to eat in Barbados

Here are some excellent places to go if you are visiting Barbados and want to try all of the delicious food:

On the Bay

On the Bay is ideal for those who prefer to eat in the fresh air. The restaurant has outdoor seating and is highly rated; you can try the Mahi Mahi dishes or fried frying dishes; you will be pleasantly surprised. It is located at the Yellow Bird Hotel Christ Church. Barbados St Lawrence Gap BB 15018. Make a note of it and add it to your list.


Cutters of Barbados

The restaurant is named after Barbados’ favorite sandwich, the flying fish cutter. The food and service are excellent, and the menu includes some vegan and gluten-free options, so if you are vegan or require gluten-free options, Cutters of Barbados is the place to go.  It is located at Cutters Building Crane Beach, BB18079 Barbados.


Fusion Rooftop Restaurant

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in Barbados, look no further than Fusion Rooftop. It’s a classy restaurant that will provide you with a 5-star dining experience; you can enjoy a variety of dishes in a quiet and relaxed environment. If you want to try Fusion Rooftop, it can be found at 1 Highway LimeGrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown Barbados.


Champers Restaurant

It is one of the most unique places you will visit in Barbados; you can eat there for lunch or dinner, and the desserts are incredible; you will have an unforgettable experience. The menu features a wide range of dishes, from seafood to meat and chicken, as well as creative pasta dishes. If you want to try it, you can find it at Skeetes Hill Barbados.


Barbados is a lovely island with a variety of dining options. When visiting the island, you will find unique dishes inspired by the culture and tropical nature of the island; make sure to try them all on your next visit.


If you want to visit the Caribbean to try all of these delectable cuisines, go to Expedia and Cheapoair for the best deals on flights and hotels, and make sure to check the most recent Covid-19 updates before you go. You can also find out more about visiting Barbados by reading our blog post on how to travel to Barbados.

Also, stop by our IC Caribbean shop to pick up some cool and unique souvenirs for your trip.

While you’re looking at flights and hotels, listen to our podcast episode about beauty of Jamaica.

Have a wonderful vacation and stay safe!