Why hello again, happy day to you! After a long day of work, I am so ready for some dinner, anyone have extra space for 1 at their table tonight? =) Just kidding, dinner should be done by the time I post this, if you guys see photos you know my mission has been accomplished hehe. Tonight, I decided to try out something new, I have had jerk chicken many times before but I do not recall ever having jerk shrimp! Today’s dinner should be quick and easy to whip up as shrimp takes very little cooking time and you guessed it! My salad is from a salad kit of course =) quick and easy how I like it. I really hope you enjoy and if after reading this post you have any suggestions, questions or concerns please leave me a comment or send me a message, I would love to hear from you all! Now…let’s get cooking guys!
Jerk Shrimp – Ingredients
– Shrimp (I used ten to be specific)
– 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
– Green Onion
– 1 Quarter Yellow Onion, diced big chunks are fine
– 1 Lemon
– ½ or 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (I used half!)
– 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme (about 4 strands)
– 1 Tsp. Ground Clove
– 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
– 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
– 1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
– 1 Tsp. Ground Allspice
– Dash of Black Pepper
– Dash of Salt
– 2 Tbsps. Sugar
– 3 Tbsps. Soy Sauce
– 3 Tbsps. Vegetable Oil
– Dash of Vinegar
First off guys, I got this recipe based on making jerk sauce for chicken so the recipe I had was a much larger quantity than what I needed for a few shrimps so I had to kind of estimate and eyeball on how much of what I really needed. Another note, you can increase or decrease majority of these ingredients depending on your liking! For example, I personally cannot eat very spicy food so I used half of a Scotch Bonnet pepper but, if you enjoy heat then throw in a couple (kidding take it easy unless you really love spice)
So, I began preparation for the shrimp the night before (cleaned and seasoned) to allow the jerk flavor to properly marinate.
- I deveined and removed the shell from the shrimp, washed with lemon juice and a tiny bit of vinegar to cut the freshness
- I cut the garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, thyme, onion, and green onion (don’t worry about cutting it small) and set aside the correct amount of spices on a plate
- Have a small bowl to put your liquid ingredients separate, I mixed my soy sauce and oil together but for my vinegar I threw that directly in the blender once time…almost that time
- Get your blender! (Ta da, I told you almost that time) First put your liquid ingredients then followed by your dry and fresh ingredients. Blend all together which will bring you to a semi-thick consistency, you may add a dash of water or orange juice to make it runnier if desired.
- Rinse your shrimp under cold water, pour blended mixture into a small bowl and stir in your shrimp ensuring they are being evenly coated.
- Place shrimp in a zip-lock bag and store away overnight in the refrigerator, if time does not allow you to marinate overnight an hour in advance should work as well!
- Next day dinner time guys! Take shrimp out of zip-lock and evenly distribute them on skewers. If you do not have skewers that is A-OK! Go ahead and heat up a sauce pan and throw them in.
- Cook time is not long at all! I made my shrimp on a hot plate grill which I was trying to achieve some grill marks (my only reason for using skewers) but I must say that did not happen and I believe I left my shrimp a little to long to cook which it did get a bit dry for my liking (live and learn guys, that shows me for trying to get grill marks while not using a grill)
- Serve with any side of your liking! I had my shrimp with a Kale & Cranberry salad which was delicious!
So, Guys! That is how I achieved this dinner for tonight =) I hope you all try it out and truly enjoy. I must say it did have the jerk flavor but as I stated before I do think the hot plate grill was maybe not the ideal cooking method. Next time I will be using a good old sauce pan to whip this up and I will let you know how it goes =). Well that I believe is it for me tonight my friends! I hope you all have a yummy dinner and a goodnight
Take it easy peasy…Until the next Good Eats!
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