Caribbean Jerked Shrimp

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4.67 from 9 votes
Caribbean Jerked Shrimp is a copycat of the Bahama Breeze recipe. It's super easy to make and has the most amazing sauce. It is one of those recipes where you will be sad when it is gone. It is that good!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Caribbean Jerked Shrimp

Caribbean Jerked Shrimp is a copycat of the Bahama Breeze recipe. It’s super easy to make and has the most amazing sauce. It is one of those recipes where you will be sad when it is gone. It is that good!

Caribbean Jerked Shrimp

This Caribbean Jerked Shrimp recipe is an explosion of flavor. It is the kind of recipe that you HAVE to go back to that restaurant for again and again because you can’t get it out of your head. Now, you can make it at home anytime. Just make sure that you have plenty of bread to sop up that amazing sauce.

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What We Love About This Jamaican Shrimp Recipes

What makes this recipe great? Did I mention the sauce!! It truly is the star of the show. To find even more temptation, check out the Bahama Breeze menu.

  • 20 Minute Meal: Fast to make and wonderful to taste.
  • Ingredients: Use nice fresh ingredients for a tropical surprise.
  • Family Friendly: It doesn’t matter if it is the dead of winter or a hot summer night this meal will be a hit.
Caribbean Jerked Shrimp on a fork.

Ingredient Notes

  • Shrimp: Fresh shrimp are best, one without peel, deveined shrimp with tails on. Need help on how to pick out the best shrimp? Check here.
  • Caribbean Jerk Seasoning: You can make your own so it is the best jerk seasoning but there are many premade seasoning blends that are very good.
  • Serrano Chili Pepper: Wonder even flavored pepper similar to the Jalapeno.
Bowl of shrimp, onions, peppers, garlic and seasonings for Jerked shrimp.

Equipment Needed

How to Make this Jerk Shrimp Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Jerk Shrimp Recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Seasoning the shrimp, saute the vegetables adding the shrimp and cooking.

STEP 1:PREP

First, preheat oven to 500ºF.In a small bowl, toss shrimp, after pat dry with a paper towel, with 1/2 teaspoon of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning; set aside.

STEP 2: COMBINE

Second, in a cast iron skillet, stir together remaining ingredients. Then add shrimp on top of vegetables and herbs. Lastly, pour melted butter over top of the shrimp and top with Thyme sprigs.

STEP 3: BAKE

Meanwhile, slice the bread and wrap it tightly in foil. Finally, bake shrimp and bread for 5-7 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS CARIBBEAN JERK SHRIMP RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is best when made fresh, it only takes minutes. However, you can prep your vegetables ahead of time by cutting them and putting them in airtight containers in the fridge.

HOW TO STORE THIS JAMAICAN SHRIMP RECIPE

Cooked shrimp will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure that it is stored in an airtight container or wrapped well in foil or a zip top bag.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

In an airtight container the shrimp in the caribbean jerk marinade should last for up to three months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat the jamaican shrimp, thaw in the fridge overnight and then heat in a cast iron skillet until warmed through. Warm bread in the oven and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE MORE CARB FRIENDLY.

Since the sauce is one of the stars of this dish, try a low carb bread or a cauliflower rice to make it more carb conscious.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT PEPPER IN PLACE OF SERRANO?

Scotch Bonnet peppers can be used or Jalapeno. It depends on your tolerance for the heat of the peppers. Use what you will enjoy eating most.

IS JAMAICAN JERK THE SAME AS CARIBBEAN JERK?

Yes, while originally adapted for chicken this flavorful seasoning is perfect for all forms of seafood.

WHAT FLAVOR IS CARIBBEAN JERK MADE OF?

Traditional Jamaican jerk seasoning contains allspice, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cumin.

Bread dipped in the sauce with a pan of jerk shrimp in the background.

Expert Tips for Making This Jerk Shrimp Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: .  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two skillets or use a large skillet.
  • Mango Salsa: Serve with a nice tropical Mango salsa.
  • Short cut tip: Try a premade Jerk Marinade.
  • Fresh Thyme: I really elevates the dish, so do not skip this fresh herb.
  • Bread: Crusty is best, like a nice Baguette.
  • Lime Juice: Add a burst of freshness by serving with lime wedges or lemon juice or top with a tsp of fresh scallions or green onions.
  • Peppers: Red bell peppers can be used in place of green. For a hint of sweetness add some honey or brown sugar.

What to Serve with Caribbean Jerked Shrimp

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Caribbean Jerked Shrimp
4.67 from 9 votes

Caribbean Jerked Shrimp

Yield: 2 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Caribbean Jerked Shrimp is a copycat of the Bahama Breeze recipe. It's super easy to make and has the most amazing sauce. It is one of those recipes where you will be sad when it is gone. It is that good!
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Jamaican Jerk spice, divided
  • 12 raw shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails
  • ¼ cup light beer
  • ¼ cup Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Serrano chili pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
  • 1 scallion, chopped, greens and whites
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8-10 thyme sprigs
  • 1 loaf of crusty bread

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500ºF.
  • In a small bowl, toss shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning; set aside.
  • In a cast iron skillet or other oven proof skillet, combine beer, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, minced thyme and minced cilantro.
  • Add shrimp on top of vegetables and herbs.
  • Pour melted butter over top of the shrimp and top with Thyme sprigs.
  • Slice the bread and wrap it tightly in foil.
  • Bake shrimp and bread for 5-7 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.
  • Remove shrimp and bread from the over and serve immediately.

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Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: .  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two skillets or use a large one.
  • Mango Salsa: Serve with a nice tropical Mango salsa.
  • Short cut tip: Try a premade Jerk Marinade.
  • Fresh Thyme: I really elevates the dish, so do not skip this fresh herb.
  • Bread: Crusty is best, like a nice Baguette.
  • Lime Juice: Add a burst of freshness by serving with lime wedges or lemon juice or top with a tsp of fresh scallions or green onions works well too.
  • Peppers: Red bell peppers can be used. For a hint of sweetness add some honey or brown sugar if it is too hot.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1344IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: 20 Minutes, jerk, shrimp

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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