Miss G and I recently went with a Jamaican menu for our Pirates of the Caribbean family movie night, which of course meant we had to break out the jerk! To make this authentic Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Recipe I got a lesson in Jamaican cooking from my friend Alecia over at Learning2Walk.
If you want to see a Jamaican get mad, mislabel something as “jerk” that isn’t up to their discriminating standards. My friend Alecia had strong opinions a to what constituted jerk seasoning and luckily, she shared them with me so I could make a delicious and authentic jerk shrimp – so if you disagree with how I made my seasoning, go chat to her about it. I’m just the cook!
Jerk seasoning can come as a paste or a dry spice – either way, it should have allspice (which is called “pimento” in Jamaica – don’t confuse it with paprika) and Scotch bonnet peppers – which are hot. Cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and salt are also popular add-ins. You can make your own or buy it from the Caribbean section of your grocery store or visit a local Caribbean grocer.
How to Make Jerk Shrimp
- 1 cup uncooked shrimp, peeled
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 Tablespoon jerk seasoning, or to taste
- 2 cups rice, uncooked
- 1 cup beans, uncooked
- 1 green onion, chopped
Cook the rice according to package directions or in a rice cooker.
Boil the beans in a saucepan over high heat, and then reduce to simmer as you prepare your shrimp.
Heat the oil in a skillet, and then add the shrimp. Adding the seasoning early on will help develop the flavour and reduce the heat. Adding it towards the end will result in a less pronounced flavour but more heat. (Choose wisely.)
Cook until the shrimp is opaque and has taken on an almost orange colour, about 10 minutes. Taste one to ensure they are fully cooked and that the heat is where you want it to be. Adjust the seasoning accordingly.
The rice and beans should then be added to the skillet to take up some of that delicious flavour. Again, add more seasoning as needed.
Serve shrimp with rice and beans sprinkled with fresh chopped green onion.
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Will you be trying this Jamaican jerk shrimp recipe?