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Haitian Epis: The Key to Flavorful Haitian Cuisine

Haitian Epis

Haitian Epis, also known as Green Seasoning or Zepis, is a versatile blend of peppers, garlic, and herbs that is used as a flavor base for many foods in Haitian cuisine. The exact ingredients and quantities will vary from region to region and cook to cook, but it typically contains peppers, garlic, parsley, scallions, thyme, and sometimes scotch bonnet pepper.

Epis is traditionally made in a mortar and pestle but can also be made in a food processor. Once it is made, epis can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month or more, depending on your cooking needs.

Epis is used in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, rice dishes, and marinades. It can also be used as a dipping sauce or a condiment.

Making epis will change the way you cook.

It is time to elevate your cooking game with Haitian Epis. A versatile Green Seasoning Blend for seasoning poultry, meat, seafood, stews, bean purees, and even grain dishes.

If you’re a foodie looking to take your cooking game to the next level, then Haitian Epis is something you need to add to your culinary arsenal. This vibrant and versatile green seasoning blend is a staple in Haitian cuisine and is used to flavor everything from stews and soups to rice and beans.

Its bold flavor profile and aromatic blend of herbs and spices can take your dishes from basic to brilliant with just a few spoonfuls. Not only does it add a delicious kick to your dishes, but it also has some impressive health benefits.

Haitian Epis is a game changer for me as a food allergy sufferer. Not only can I create the delicious flavor I crave, but I can also create meals without worrying about sacrificing the meals I cannot have. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at Haitian Epis, its history, the ingredients used to make it, and how to use it to elevate your cooking game. So, get ready to unleash your inner chef and add some Haitian flair to your cooking with this amazing seasoning blend.

Fresh Herbs and Spices Seasoning (Haitian Epis)

History and Significance of Haitian Epis

Haitian Epis is a traditional green seasoning blend that has been used in Haitian cuisine for generations. It is a crucial ingredient in many Haitian dishes and is considered to be the backbone of Haitian cooking. The word “epis” means “seasoning” in Haitian Creole, and the blend typically consists of a variety of herbs and spices, including parsley, garlic, onions, thyme, and scallions. Haitian Epis is also known for its vibrant green color, which comes from using fresh herbs.

The origins of Haitian Epis are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have been influenced by the cooking styles of West Africa, France, and Spain. The seasoning blend has become an integral part of Haitian culture and is often passed down from generation to generation as a family recipe. Haitian Epis also symbolizes Haitian identity and connects Haitian people living in different parts of the world.

Ingredients and recipe for Haitian Epis, Zepis, Green Seasoning

The ingredients used to make Haitian Epis can vary depending on personal preference. However, the basic recipe usually includes parsley, garlic, onions, thyme, and scallions. Some variations may also include green bell peppers, leek, or other herbs and spices. The key to making a great Haitian Epis is to use fresh, cleaned, high-quality ingredients and finely chop or blend them together to create a smooth paste.

For Haitian Epis ingredients, you will need the following:

  • Parsley: use fresh only. Dried parsley will not work. Use flat or curly parsley.
  • Garlic: use fresh garlic, not powdered or grind ginger. Also, the storebought puree is not an option for us. The taste is not fresh.
  • Onion: White or yellow onion will work. You can also use red or purple onion.
  • Fresh thyme leaves: you can use the leaves with thin and soft branches.
  • Scallions: use the green and white part.
  • Habanero pepper (optional): if you want the seasoning blend to have a subtle hot pepper taste remove the seeds.
  • Lemon Juice or Vinegar: I prefer using fresh lemon juice over vinegar. I think the lemon juice balances out the taste of the fresh herbs better than the vinegar.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is better than vegetable or canola oil. Coconut oil is not an option. This is optional
  • Salt and black pepper to taste and optional.

Instructions to make Haitian Epis Seasoning:

  1. Wash and dry all of the herbs and vegetables. If you air-dry the parsley, thyme, and scallions, this may take a couple of hours.
  2. Finely chop the parsley, garlic, onion, thyme, and scallions and add them to a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the habanero pepper (if using), olive oil, salt, and black pepper to the blender or food processor.
  4. Blend the ingredients until they form a smooth paste.
  5. Transfer the Haitian Epis to a jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
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How to use Haitian Epis in cooking

Haitian Epis is incredibly versatile and can be used in various dishes to add flavor and depth. It can be used as a marinade for meats, as a seasoning for soups and stews, or as a condiment to add a kick to rice and beans. It is also a great way to season your Haitian Endui. Haitian Epis is also a great way to add a burst of flavor to sauteed and stew vegetables and salad dressings or vinaigrette.

To use Haitian Epis in Haitian recipes, add a spoonful or two to your dish and mix it well. You can adjust the Haitian Epis amount based on your taste preferences. It’s best to use Haitian Epis sparingly at first until you get a feel for how much you like to use it.

Benefits of using Haitian Epis in cooking

Here are some of the benefits of using Haitian Epis:

  • It adds a lot of flavor to dishes.
  • It is a versatile seasoning that can be used in a variety of dishes.
  • It is a healthy seasoning that is made with fresh ingredients.
  • It is a relatively easy seasoning to make.

If you want to add some extra flavor to your dishes, I recommend trying Haitian Epis. It is a delicious and versatile seasoning that can be used in a variety of ways.

It works for me! Meal planning is definitely a breeze. And because it helps create exotic flavors for my dishes, I don’t miss eating corn or any other foods I am allergic to.

Not only does Haitian Epis add a delicious flavor to your dishes, but it also has some impressive health benefits. Many herbs and spices used in Haitian Epis are rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and protect against chronic diseases. Garlic, for example, has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, while parsley is high in vitamin C and can help to support a healthy immune system.

Using Haitian Epis in your cooking is also a great way to add flavor without adding a lot of extra calories or sodium. Many store-bought seasoning blends can be high in salt and other additives, but homemade Haitian Epis is made with natural, whole ingredients.

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Popular Haitian dishes that use Haitian Epis

Haitian Epis is used in many traditional Haitian dishes, including:

Griot (fried pork)

Tasso (fried beef)

Legume (vegetable stew)

Soup Joumou (pumpkin soup)

Rice and beans

Poulet a L’Haitienne

These dishes are often served at special occasions and celebrations, such as weddings and holidays, and are also part of our weekly meals. Haitian Epis is a key ingredient in these dishes and is what gives them their unique flavor and aroma.

Variations of Haitian Epis for different tastes

While the basic recipe for Haitian Epis is delicious on its own, there are many variations that you can try to suit your personal taste preferences. Some people like adding extra heat to their Haitian Epis by including more peppers, while others might prefer adding sweetness with bell peppers and leeks.

You can also experiment with different herbs and spices to create your own unique blend. For example, sage, tarragon, and rosemary are great options. You could add fresh ginger or lemongrass to your Haitian Epis for a citrusy twist. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Where to buy Haitian Epis or ingredients to make it

If you’re lucky enough to live near a Haitian grocery store or market, you may be able to find Haitian Epis ready-made. However, if you can’t find it locally, many online retailers sell Haitian Epis and the ingredients needed to make it.

You can also try making Haitian Epis at home using the recipe provided below. Most of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or farmers market, and the process is relatively simple.

What is the difference between Epis and Sofrito?

Epis and sofrito are flavorful seasonings used in many Caribbean and Latin American cuisines. However, there are some key differences between the two.

  • Ingredients: Epis is typically made with a base of onions, garlic, and bell peppers, while sofrito often includes tomatoes as well. Epis may also include other ingredients, such as scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, or cilantro. On the other hand, Sofrito is typically made with a base of onions, garlic, and peppers, but it may also include other ingredients, such as tomatoes, cilantro, or oregano.
  • Flavor: Epis has a more complex flavor than sofrito due to the inclusion of scotch bonnet peppers and other herbs. Sofrito has a more mild flavor due to the inclusion of tomatoes.
  • Uses: Epis is typically used as a marinade or a cooking base, while sofrito is typically used as a flavoring for soups, stews, and rice dishes.

Ultimately, the best way to decide which seasoning to use is to consider the dish you are making and the flavors you want to achieve. If you are looking for a spicy, flavorful seasoning, Epis is a good choice. If you are looking for a more mild seasoning, Sofrito is a good choice.

Epis Frequently asked questions.

**Q: Is Haitian Epis spicy?**

A: Haitian Epis can be spicy, but it’s not always. It depends on the amount and type of peppers used in the recipe.

**Q: How long does Haitian Epis last?**

A: Haitian Epis can last for up to 2 months in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container, preferably a glass jar.

**Q: Can I freeze Haitian Epis?**

A: You can freeze Haitian Epis for up to 3 months. Just be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container.

**Q: Can I use Haitian Epis in non-Haitian dishes?**

A: Absolutely! Haitian Epis is a versatile seasoning blend that can be used in various dishes to add flavor and depth.

Conclusion and final thoughts

Haitian Epis is a delicious and versatile seasoning blend that can take your cooking game to the next level. Haitian Epis is a must-have in any kitchen, whether you’re cooking traditional Haitian dishes or experimenting with new recipes. With its bold flavor profile and impressive health benefits, Haitian Epis is the perfect way to add some Haitian flair to your cooking. So, why not try it and see how it can elevate your dishes to new heights?

Haitian Epis

Haitian Epis or Green seasoning

A versatile blend of peppers, garlic, and herbs that is used as a flavor base for many foods in Haitian cuisine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Course Condiment
Cuisine Haitian Cuisine
Servings 5 cups
Calories 70 kcal


  • 12 Garlic cloves
  • 2 cup of parsley leaves and stalks chopped
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 – 3 shallots chopped
  • 5 scallions sliced
  • 5 tbsp Chives or a small bunch chopped
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorn or ground black pepper
  • 2 bell peppers chopped or sliced small to medium size, 1 red and 1 green, optional
  • 1-2 celery stalks optional
  • 1 leek finely chopped, optional
  • Chicken bouillon seasoning or maggi cubes, optional and as needed
  • 1 habanero or scotch bonnet pepper seeded, optional
  • or ¼ cup apple cider vinegar white vinegar or lemon juice


  • Carefully wash herbs under fresh running water and in a bowl or large tray.
  • Add half of the chopped ingredients to a food processor fitted with an S blade or a blender with half of the lemon juice or vinegar.
  • At high speed or using the pulse feature of the food processor, breakdown the vegetables into smaller pieces.
  • Gradually add the remaining ingredients and the lemon juice or vinegar. Blending after each addition.
  • Continue to blend or pulse until the mixture is looks like a puree or pesto like texture.
  • Pour the mixture into a large jar and refrigerate or freeze in ice cubes


  • If you cannot find chives, you need more scallions.
  • The Epis’s texture should be chunky, pureed, or pesto-like. Whatever your preference. You may have to add more liquid if you want a fine, puree texture. Make sure that the Epis is not too acidic. You may want to add coconut aminos or soy sauce to liquefy it more.
  • Use good vinegar. White wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar are commonly used in Haitian cuisine. Most people prefer to use fresh lemon juice in the Epic. It gives it more flavor, in my opinion than the vinegar.
  • The optional ingredients are by choice. The more ingredients you add, the better the tastier the Epis will be.
  • Remember to use the soft part of the leek.
  • Remember that celery contains
  • Epis can last 1-2 months, refrigerated in a glass jar. If you store it in a plastic container, the vinegar or lemon will have some effect on the plastic. So, a glass jar is preferable. Use several small glass containers to freeze it- a much better option.
  • You can also freeze the epis in ice cubes trays.
  • This recipe does not contain oil. You can add olive oil if you prefer, but it is unnecessary as you will be adding oil when cooking.
  • If you add Maggi cubes, chicken bouillon cubes, chicken bouillon powder, or salt, ensure you do not add too much. You want to have the option of adding other types of a dried seasoning blend, such as Cajun Seasoning or Adobo Seasoning.
  • Adding hot pepper is optional. Adding NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce is a great option to create more flavorful epis blend.


Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 32mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4179IUVitamin C: 109mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 3mg

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

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