With the arrival of the summer season, cooks will want to add a touch of the exotic to their outdoors dining table. Caribbean recipes provide a quick and easy way to introduce a festive air to any grilling activity. Jerk seasonings are renown for adding ‘something special’ to any dining occasion. This recipe for Jerk Shrimp should give you a good start to exploring ‘Island Flavors.’
Jerk cooking is the spicy cooking tradition of the Caribbean islands. It’s perfect for summer and outdoor grilling. This is recipe is shrimp coated with a jerk spice mixture and then grilled. The seasoning is a combination of sweet and spicy. Grilling shrimp is one of my favorite cooking methods for it; I just love the flavor that is produced from the grill. This is a Caribbean dish that is very easy to prepare and takes little effort. Serving with fresh mango salsa [see below] is a must. Enjoy.
- 1 ½ lbs raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Step 1: Spray grill grates with cooking spray and heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, and allspice. In a large bowl combine shrimp and olive oil tossing well to coat. Sprinkle shrimp on both sides with the spice mixture and toss to coat. Thread shrimp onto skewers.
Step 2: Place skewers onto the grill and cook shrimp for 6 minutes or until fully cooked turning once.
(Makes 4 Servings)
[From the BlogChef: < http://blogchef.net/jerk-shrimp-recipe/>]
And here’s how you create that marvelous Mango Salsa that makes this dish truly Caribbean!
This salsa is a basic combination of diced mango, bell pepper, green onion, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro. It is then mixed with the combination of lemon and lime juice for perfect flavor. This recipe can easily be double or tripled to meet your needs. Enjoy.
- 1 mango (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- ¼ cup red bell pepper (finely chopped)
- 1 green onion (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
- 1 fresh jalapeño pepper (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Step 1: In a medium bowl mix mango, red bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, and lemon juice.
Step 2: Cover, refrigerate and allow to sit at least 30 minutes before serving.
(Makes 4 servings)
[From Blog Chef:<http://blogchef.net/mango-salsa-recipe/>]