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How to make Goat in Creole Sauce or Cabrit en Sauce

Goat stew

The Caribbean is a symphony of flavors, and Haitian cuisine is no exception. Today, we’re diving into a beloved Haitian dish – Cabrit en Sauce, or Goat in Creole Sauce. This hearty stew bursts with vibrant spices and tender goat meat, guaranteed to warm your soul with every delicious bite.

A Haitian Culinary Cornerstone

In Haiti, Cabrit en Sauce, or Goat in Creole Sauce, reigns supreme as a staple food. This beloved dish features goat meat, also known as “cabrit,” cooked in a variety of ways – roasted, grilled, simmered in sauce, or accompanied by vegetables. The beauty of Cabrit en Sauce lies in its versatility. Every household likely has its own take on the recipe, with variations passed down through generations.

The Magic of Sour Orange

One key ingredient that many agree on is sour orange juice. While some might substitute lime, sour orange juice holds a special place in this dish. It acts as a double agent: its acidity helps remove any strong goat flavor some might find unappetizing, while also tenderizing the meat for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Just like balsamic vinegar enhances lamb, sour orange juice unlocks the full potential of goat meat in Cabrit en Sauce.

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Choosing the Cut: The Leg Takes Center Stage

For the most flavorful Cabrit en Sauce, many cooks opt for the goat leg. Compared to other cuts, the leg boasts more meat, perfect for a satisfying stew. Tenderness is key, so the marinated meat is simmered on low heat for an extended period.

Fresh is Best: Choosing Goat Meat

When it comes to goat meat, freshness is key. While pre-packaged cuts might seem convenient, they often contain excess fat and bone fragments, offering less value. Instead, look for meat markets offering fresh goat. Opt for lean cuts with minimal fat and a vibrant, non-frosted appearance.

For the adventurous cook, consider purchasing a whole goat leg. This can be more economical, and butchers will typically cut it into 3-4 inch pieces upon request (remember, goat meat shrinks during cooking).

A Pressure Cooker’s Helping Hand

While low and slow cooking achieves wonderful results, a pressure cooker can be a valuable time-saving tool. It can significantly reduce the cooking time needed to achieve perfectly tender goat meat.

The Creole Sauce Symphony

Once the meat is cooked to perfection, the magic truly begins. A vibrant Creole sauce is created, bursting with flavor. This flavorful sauce is then combined with the tender goat, creating a symphony of textures and tastes in every delicious bite.

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The Magic of Marinades

Spices are the heart and soul of Cabrit en Sauce. Fresh ingredients like garlic, parsley, thyme, scallions, and onions are combined with salt, pepper, whole cloves, and the Noubess Hot and Spicy with Herbs blend. Traditionally, these spices are mashed in a mortar and pestle, but a blender or food processor works just as well. Once cleaned, the goat meat is thoroughly coated in this flavorful mixture and left to marinate for an extended period. This allows the spices to penetrate the meat, resulting in a burst of flavor in every bite.

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Health Benefits and Cooking Goat Meat

While enjoying this flavorful Cabrit en Sauce, you can rest assured you’re incorporating a healthy protein source into your diet. Here’s a breakdown of goat meat’s benefits:

  • Lean and Lower in Fat: Compared to other red meats, goat meat is a leaner option. It’s lower in overall fat and saturated fat, making it a heart-healthy choice.
  • Rich in Protein: Goat meat is a great source of high-quality protein, essential for building and repairing tissues and muscles.
  • Packed with Nutrients: It boasts vitamins and minerals like iron, which promotes a healthy immune system, and vitamin B12, important for energy production.

Beyond the Stew: Cooking with Goat Meat

Goat meat’s versatility shines in various dishes. Here are some ideas:

  • Curries: Similar to our Cabrit en Sauce, explore aromatic curries with goat meat for a flavorful explosion.
  • Barbecue: Marinated goat meat makes for delicious and tender kebabs or grilled dishes.
  • Sausage: Ground goat meat can be used in sausages, adding a unique twist to familiar recipes.
  • Burgers: For a healthier burger option, try substituting ground goat meat for beef.

Finding Goat Meat and Addressing Gaminess

Goat meat might not be as readily available as other meats, but here are some tips for finding it:

  • Ethnic Grocery Stores: Look for goat meat in stores specializing in Caribbean, Latin American, or Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Butcher Shops: Talk to your local butcher; they might be able to special order goat meat for you.
  • Online Retailers: Certain online retailers offer goat meat options for purchase.

Now, let’s address the gamy taste and smell sometimes associated with goat meat. Here’s where the bold seasonings in Cabrit en Sauce come in!

  • Marination is Key: Marinating the goat meat in a mixture with citrus juices, spices, and fresh herbs helps tenderize the meat and mellow any gaminess.
  • Embrace the Spices: Don’t shy away from strong spices like the Noubess blend used in our recipe. These bold flavors complement the goat meat beautifully, further masking any gamy notes.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the delicious and healthy benefits of goat meat in various culinary creations.

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The recipe for Cabrit en Sauce features a delicious blend of ingredients that create a symphony of flavors:

  • Goat Meat: The star of the show! You’ll need 2-3 pounds cut into 3-4 inch pieces for easy stewing.
  • Aromatics: Fresh garlic cloves, scallions, and a white onion add depth of flavor to the base of the dish.
  • Citrus and Vinegar: Limes, lemons, or white vinegar are used to clean the goat meat, while sour orange juice (or substitute with lime juice) adds a tangy note to the marinade.
  • Haitian Spice Blend: Noubess Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs blend incorporates a convenient blend of spices traditionally found in Haitian epis, capturing the essence of the island’s cuisine.
  • Fresh Herbs: Chopped fresh parsley and a sprig of thyme add a touch of fragrant green notes.
  • Bell Pepper: Half a green bell pepper adds a pop of color and a subtle sweetness.
  • Pantry Staples: Black pepper, salt, whole cloves, olive oil, tomato paste, and optionally, fresh chopped tomatoes round out the ingredients list.

Beyond the Plate: Serving Suggestions

Goat in Creole Sauce is a versatile dish. While rice and root vegetables are classic accompaniments, a refreshing lettuce and tomato salad adds a welcome touch of lightness. This hearty stew is enjoyed throughout the week, and it can even be a delightful alternative to traditional Haitian bouillon soup on Saturdays.

Goat in Creole Sauce

Cabrit en Sauce: Cooking Tips for Haitian Perfection

Here are some cooking tips to elevate your Cabrit en Sauce and create a truly flavorful Haitian dish:

Unlocking Tenderness:

  • Marinate Like a Pro: The longer you marinate the goat meat, the more tender it will be. Aim for at least 2 hours, but overnight is ideal. This allows the spices to penetrate deeply, infusing every bite with flavor.
  • Low and Slow Wins the Race: Once simmering the goat meat, resist the urge to crank up the heat. Low and slow cooking allows the meat to soften gradually, resulting in a fall-off-the-bone texture.

Flavorful Enhancements:

  • Don’t Skip the Sear: Before simmering, sear the goat meat in a hot pan. This caramelizes the surface, adding a depth of flavor to the finished dish.
  • Embrace the Aromatics: Sautéing onions, garlic, and scallions before adding the meat releases their fragrant oils, creating a flavorful base for the sauce.
  • Vegetable Power: Don’t just limit yourself to root vegetables. Adding green beans, bell peppers, or even chopped okra can introduce new textures and flavors to the stew.
  • Acidity is Your Friend: A splash of vinegar or citrus juice like lime or sour orange juice can brighten up the overall flavor profile and balance the richness of the dish.

Pro Tips:

  • Reserve the Drippings: Don’t discard the flavorful drippings from searing the meat. Use them to deglaze the pan when adding the sauce ingredients, scraping up any browned bits for extra flavor.
  • Taste as You Go: Seasoning is key. Don’t be afraid to taste your Cabrit en Sauce throughout the cooking process and adjust with additional salt, pepper, or spices as needed.
  • Leftovers Reimagined: Leftover Cabrit en Sauce can be even more delicious the next day! The flavors have time to meld further, creating an even more complex taste experience. Enjoy it over rice or use it to fill savory sandwiches.

With these tips in your culinary arsenal, you’re well on your way to creating a restaurant-worthy Cabrit en Sauce that will transport your taste buds to the heart of Haiti.

An Important Reminder: Maintaining the Flavorful Balance

When your Cabrit en Sauce needs a little extra liquid, room-temperature water is your best friend. This helps maintain the carefully crafted flavor profile of the dish. Cold water can dampen the existing flavors, making adjustments trickier later.

Hot water is another option, but remember to season it before adding it to the pot. This ensures your stew stays perfectly balanced and flavorful.

Now, go forth and create your own delicious Cabrit en Creole Sauce! We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. (Optional addition: And for an extra kick of Haitian flavor, don’t forget to try the Noubess Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs Blend!)

Goat stew

Goat in Creole Sauce or Haitian Cabrit en Sauce

Savor the vibrant flavors of Haiti with Cabrit en Sauce (Goat in Creole Sauce)! This delicious recipe features tender goat meat simmered in a rich and spicy sauce. Learn how to make this authentic dish and discover tips for unlocking its full potential.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Haitian Cuisine
Servings 6
Calories 6623 kcal


  • 2 – 3 pounds Goat meat cut in 3 – 4 inches
  • Limes Lemons or White Vinegar for cleaning meat
  • 1/3 cup Sour Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 full sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 3/4 tsp Noubess Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs blend
  • 1 medium White Onion – sliced
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper cubed or sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Scallions – roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste + 1/3 cup fresh chopped tomatoes


  • Prep the Goat: Trim excess fat and clean the meat with your chosen citrus or vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
  • Spice it Up: Combine all spices, Noubess Hot and Spicy Original blend, and sour orange juice (or lime juice) in a food processor or blender. Alternatively, use a mortar and pestle for a more traditional touch. Blend or mash until a paste forms.
  • Marinate the Magic: In a bowl, toss the meat with the spice paste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight. Allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Simmering to Tenderness: In a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, bring the marinated meat to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, checking occasionally and adding hot water (1/2 cup to 1 cup) if needed, until the meat is tender. Remove the meat from the pot and set aside.
  • Straining and Sautéing: Strain the cooking liquid, reserving the flavorful sauce. Skim any excess fat from the surface if necessary. In a separate saucepan, heat olive oil and cook the tomato paste until fragrant.
  • Building the Flavor: Add the cooked meat pieces to the tomato paste and cook, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes. If using, add chopped fresh tomatoes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the juices to release. Gradually add the reserved sauce back to the pot, 2 tablespoons at a time, incorporating it well. Add hot water (1/2 to 3/4 cup) if needed to achieve desired sauce consistency.
  • The Final Touches: Add the onion, green pepper, and season with salt, pepper, and additional Noubess Hot and Spicy Original blend to taste. Simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Savoring the Flavor: Remove from heat and serve your Cabrit en Sauce with fluffy white rice or your favorite root vegetables.


  • For a touch of brightness, add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lime juice when incorporating the onion.
  • Always use hot water to prevent the herbs and spices from losing their potency. Cold water can make the meat taste bland.
  • Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the meat pieces.
  • The longer you marinate the meat, the more flavorful it will be.


Calories: 6623kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 380gFat: 546gSaturated Fat: 233gPolyunsaturated Fat: 44gMonounsaturated Fat: 228gCholesterol: 1656mgSodium: 2650mgPotassium: 5679mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2022IUVitamin C: 89mgCalcium: 471mgIron: 38mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Caribbean cuisine, crabmeat recipes, Goat Meat
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Corn Allergy:

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***Original published date: January 26, 2014. Revised and updated.

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  1. Hi, is there a substitute for the Noubess herb sauce? I really want to surprise my Haitian girlfriend with this dish for Christmas, but just saw this recipe and ordered the Noubess sauce (which I’m afraid won’t be delivered in time). Any help is appreciated.

    1. Hi Jerry. Unfortunately, we cannot advise on any substitution as the sauces are unique in taste and texture. Both packages were delivered to USPS early this morning and should be received by the 24th (date of delivery) – We cannot guarantee that the packages will arrive on time. Hopefully, they will, and you will be able to cook for your girlfriend. Thanks for placing your order with Noubess.

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