Soup Recipes

Jamaican Manish Water Recipe

manish water goat head soup recipe

Manish Water is a hearty Jamaican soup made with a goat’s head and feet. It is best cooked in a pressure cooker to soften the meat. It is often served as an appetizer at special parties and events in Jamaica. You will see Jamaicans drinking it out of a small white coffee cup at these events. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac, which may explain it’s name. Try my Jamaican Manish Water Recipe.


  • Chopped up goat head (burnt is best)
  • Goat feet (burnt is best)
  • Garlic,escallion, thyme,pimento seed, salt to taste
  • Whole green pepper,black pepper,
  • 1 pack Grace Chicken Noodle
  • 3-6 green bananas
  • 1 ½ lbs Yam
  • 3 small Irish Potato
  • Flour for dumpling
  • 2 chochos (optional)
  • 2 Whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper


  1. Wash chopped goat head
  2. Put in a large pot (pressure cooker best) with enough water to cover the meet
  3. Add 3 teaspoons salt, 8-10 seeds of pimento and let cook and 5 crushed garlic cloves
  4. Cook on a medium/high stove till meat tender
  5. Add more water and and also 1 pack Grace Chicken Noodle
  6. Peel and cut up potatos and chochos and add
  7. Peel Green bananas (or cut off the top and bottom and slit in skin)
  8. Add Peel and add Yam when bananas almost cooked.
  9. When almost done black pepper,thyme,couple pimento seed, escallion, whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper (do not let it burst open) and let simmer
  10. Serve hot

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Xavier Murphy