In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Amazing Stove-top Mango Jerk Shrimp.

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Jerk Shrimp is definitely one of my favorite ways to cook/enjoy shrimp. And while the flavors you get from cooking jerk shrimp over  a glowing coals fire is the preferred method, this stove-top method is arguably just as tasty. The fact that it’s quick to put together and the fiery heat of the jerk spiced marinade is balanced with the fruitiness of the mango.. makes for a recipe you’ll find yourself making on a regular basis. I guarantee your friends will be begging you for this recipe.

You’ll Need…

1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp (cleaned and deveined)
1 cup diced mango
1-2 scotch bonnet peppers (diced fine)
3 scallions (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (diced fine)
4 sprigs thyme (leaves)
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 lime (juice)
2 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the soy sauce you choose to use.

Peel, devein and wash your shrimp. I used medium sized shrimp and I kept the tail on. Season with the salt, black pepper, 1/2 of the olive oil, dark soy sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar. You can marinate for a and hour or as in my case.. I cooked immediately.

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Heat the remaining oil (I used a non stick pan) on a medium flame, then add the scallions, garlic, thyme and scotch bonnet pepper. Turn the heat down to as low as it will go and gently cook for about 3 minutes. With the scotch bonnet pepper, use as much as you can handle, wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling then and you may want to turn the fan on over your stove.

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Turn the heat up to med/high now and add the seasoned shrimp, stir well. The goal is to NOT over cook the shrimp, so I’d recommend using a wide pan (this way there’s a lot of room to cook evenly). Add the diced mango and the grated ginger. Stir well.

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Cook for about 4-5 minutes, depending how large the shrimp are that you used.

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Taste for salt and adjust accordingly, then squeeze the lime juice in and top with the chopped parsley.

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Some quick tips.. marinate for bolder flavors, try to not over-cook and  use a 1/2 ripe mango (one that’s about 80% ripe – but still firm). If you wanted to add a couple tablespoon of orange and mango juice.. EXCELLENT! Do be mindful of the heat of the scotch bonnet pepper. Habanero or any of your fav pepper will work too.

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