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Jamaican Mannish Water (Ram Goat Soup) Recipe

Mannish water soup, also known as Ram Goat Soup and Goat Head Soup in Jamaica, is served hot as an appetizer at large gatherings such as wakes, weddings, and parties. The broth is delicious, with strong goat flavors and a hint of spice.

Jamaican Mannish Water (Ram Goat Soup) Recipe

Here's a simple recipe for Jamaican "mannish water" soup: Ingredients:

  • 1 goat head, cleaned and chopped into pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 2 green bananas, sliced (with peel on) (Optional)

  • 1 ½ lbs. Yam

  • 1 ½ lbs. Pumpkin

  • 1 ½ lbs Coco

  • 1 small Cho Cho, chopped

  • 2 stalks of scallion, chopped

  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • 1 teaspoon Pimento Seeds

  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil

  • 3 small Irish Potatoes, chopped

  • 1 pack of Spicy Hill Farm Ram Goat (Mannish Water) Soup Mix

  • 1 cup flour to make dumplings

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.

  2. Add the onion, garlic, scallion, and thyme and cook until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the goat head, water, pimento seeds, pumpkin, scotch bonnet pepper, salt, and pepper to the pot.

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

  5. Add sliced green bananas, carrots, yams, and Irish potatoes; cho cho; Coco; spinner dumplings; and Ram Goat (Mannish Water) Soup Mix and cook for about 30 minutes (1/2 hour).

  6. Remove the scotch bonnet pepper and thyme sprigs.

  7. Serve hot.

Note: Mannish water is a traditional Jamaican soup that is typically made with goat head, but other meats such as sheep or cow tripe can also be used.


2 cups Flour

½ cup Water

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt (use any salt)


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