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Jerk Shrimp

This recipe will show you how to make Jerk Shrimp, a Caribbean style finger food with a big personality.

Jerk Shrimp is a inspired by the flavor and spice of Jamaica. This quick and simple appetizer recipe is great for events or sit down dinners.  Serve as a finger food with or without cocktail sauce or salsa, over greens or with rice.

Jerk Shrimp

This recipe will show you how to make Jerk Shrimp, a Caribbean style finger food with a big personality.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp tail on, deveined, and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries coarsely ground
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium scallions chopped
  • 2 Scotch bonnet chilies chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the onion, scallions, chilies, garlic, five-spice powder, allspice, pepper, thyme, nutmeg and salt; process to a coarse paste.

  2. While the food processor is on, add the soy sauce and oil steadily.

  3. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein and clean in a bath of vinegar or lemon
    with water.

  4. Drain and dry with paper towel. Place in a large bowl. Sprinkle jerk seasoning over shrimp and mix well. Let marinate for about 5 minutes.
  5. Heat tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook while stirring occasionally. Remove the shrimp from heat and set aside.
  6. Add shallots and lemon juice to skillet. Cook for about 3 - 5 minutes while stirring.
  7. Add shrimp back to skillet. Stir to incorporate with shallots mixture. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes longer and serve immediately.