These Caribbean style jerk shrimp are packed with flavor, super delicious, and low carb. Perfect for an appetizer, lunch, or dinner entree. Enjoy with some warm tortillas or steamed brown rice for the ultimate meal.
After uploading this delicious instant pot rasta pasta a lot of you guys asked for a healthier jerk recipe. It doesn’t get better than shrimp and veggies cooked in under 15 minutes. Although this is low carb, feel free to sweeten things up with a little bit of brown sugar or honey.
Ingredients and Recipe Variations
- Raw Shrimp – I highly recommend using raw peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp.
- Scallions – I used green onions for garnish but feel free to garnish with fresh cilantro.
- Onions – I prefer to dice my onions but you may certainly slice them instead. Any type of onions work.
- Garlic – please use fresh garlic, it makes such a big difference.
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Dried Thyme – fresh or dried is fine.
- Cayenne Pepper – use as much or as little as you like. Start with a 1/4 tsp. If you don’t like it spicy, omit it.
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Jerk Shrimp
Cook the onions and peppers until softened and then add the remaining ingredients except for the scallions. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Garnish with fresh cilantro or scallions and enjoy.
Can I Bake This Instead?
Absolutely. Add the spices to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Coat the peppers, onions, garlic, and shrimp with the spice mixture and season with salt and pepper. Place the shrimp mixture on a lined baking sheet and drizzle about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked through.
This jerk shrimp recipe is such a convenient and easy weeknight meal. Double or triple the recipe if you want to feed a crowd or have leftovers.
More Shrimp Recipe Ideas…
- 1 lb shrimp
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
- 1 onion diced or sliced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp all-spice
- 2 tbsp scallions
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a couple of tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers, cook for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the shrimp, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, dried thyme, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink.
- Garnish with scallions, if desired, and enjoy!