The Ultimate Haitian Spice ” EPIS”

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When you open the fridge door of a Haitian, the first thing you will see is a jar of a green mixture that will look like pesto. While pesto is composed of some of the same ingredients as this green mixture, they are not the same. This green mixture is EPIS, which means spice. EPIS is use in most of the Haitian dishes, to not say all of them. it is use to marinate meat, to spice up rice and beans, to give a kick to a sauce or a purée etc…  When you see the ingredients of EPIS, you will understand why Haitian food is known as one of the most flavorful cuisines. The recipe may vary depending on your particular taste. If you like the taste of garlic, then garlic will be your primary ingredient and you can add as much as you want. There are no right or wrong recipe for EPIS, besides oil and a minimal amount of  salt that you should not forget to add.


1 cup of parsley

1 cup of cilantro

1/2 cup of garlic

1/2 cup of scallions

1 onion

1 green pepper

1 habanero pepper

2 tablespoon of olive oil ( or the oil of your choice)

salt to taste


1-Chop all the ingredients and add them to your blender or food processor.

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2-Add your oil and salt then cover the blender and start blending.

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