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Barbadian cuisine, also called Bajan cuisine, is a mixture of African, Portuguese, Indian, Irish, Creole, Indigenous and British background. A typical meal consists of a main dish of meat or fish, normally marinated with a mixture of herbs and spices, hot side dishes, and one or more salads. The meal is usually served with one or more sauces.[1]

The national dish of Barbados is cou-cou and fried flying fish with spicy gravy.[2] Another traditional meal is pudding and souse, a dish of pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes.[3] A wide variety of seafood and meats are also available.

Main courses

Illustration of a flying fish

Hot side dishes



Lighter meals

Goat roti


Banks beer brewery

Foreign food in Barbados

American staples such as hot dogs and burgers are fairly common, as are British fish and chips. Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes are available in the main towns. A few Mexican and Brazilian restaurants are available on the South Coast. There are upmarket sushi restaurants in or near large resorts.


  1. ^ Barbados Food. Totally Barbados. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  2. ^ Barbados National Dish: Coucou & Flying Fish Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. Epicurian Tourist. 25 December 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  3. ^ [1] Retrieved 28 May 2015.