Seafood and Curry lovers, I got YOU! The delicious combination of wild caught shrimp and lobster claws in a CLASSIC Caribbean curry sauce… no need for coconut milk, but rock it if you feel the need. This is one of my all-time favorite way to use curry with seafood and I can guarantee it will be yours too!
1 lbs lobster claws (pre-cooked)
1 lb shrimp (shell on, deveined)
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 medium onion (diced)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced)
5-7 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dehydrated pimento peppers flakes (optional or use fresh if you have)
1 teaspoon dehydrated Shado Beni (optional or use fresh if you have)
1 teaspoon Anchar Masala
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon parsley (chopped fine)
Important! I used previously cooked lobster claws (on sale) in this recipe, so they only had to be reheated (after being thawed) in the curry sauce. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the curry powder you decide on using. Anchar Masala can be found at your local West Indian supermarket or if you cannot source it, feel free to use roasted cumin (geera). I used dehydrated Shado Beni and Pimento Peppers (aka seasoning peppers), feel free to use cilantro (fresh) if you can’t source the Shado Beni. Fresh pimento is best IMHO, but it’s what I had on hand. However, feel free to leave it out if you cannot source it.
Thaw the Lobster claws and give them a quick rinse under cool water. I was able to get wild caught shrimp which were deveined, but had the shell on. That shell will give you great flavor. Wash with cool water and lemon juice (not mentioned in the ingredient list). Drain!
In a saucepan on medium flame, add the oil, onion and garlic. Turn the heat to low.
3 minutes later add the Scotch Bonnet pepper (as much as you can handle) and remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after. Habanero peppers work great in this dish as well, but you can also use your fav spicy pepper.
One minute after adding the scotch bonnet pepper, we’ll add the curry powder and move it around the pan. It will go grainy and darker. The low heat will allow us to waken up the spices which makes up the curry powder.
4 minutes later add the black pepper and turn the heat to med/high and in goes the water. Bring to a boil
Add salt, shado beni and pimento pepper, followed by the Caribbean Green Season and stir well. Then in goes the diced tomato. This tomato will help us get a thick gravy and the acid will balance the overall flavor of the dish. Reduce to a simmer.
For more flavor, add the anchar masla and continue cooking for about 4-5 minutes.
Add the shrimp and mix well.
3 minutes later, it’s time to add the lobster claws, mix well and bring to a boil (heat at medium).
2-3 minutes later it’s done, but we have to personalize things. Make sure the salt it to your liking (adjust) and the gravy to the consistency you like. Toss in the parsley, stir and you’re done!
Cooking the shrimp in it’s shell will not only add additional flavor as I mentioned above, it will also help prevent us from over-cooking the shrimp.
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