Not until my adult years have I started appreciating geera (aka cumin) and even today I use it in a handful of dishes. The lovely smokey flavors works well with the kick from the peppers in this dish and the fact that we’ll be using shrimp means you’ll be done in under 10 minutes. This recipe is based on the classic Caribbean recipe for Geera Pork, a hit when enjoying some adult beverages in bars (rum shops) across the Southern Caribbean.
1.5 lbs shrimp
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon veg oil
1 tablespoon Caribbean green seasoning
1 habanero pepper (sliced – include seeds)
5 wiri wiri pepper
3 pimento peppers (sliced – include seeds)
1.5 tablespoon geera (roasted cumin)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
3 cloves garlic (diced)
1 scallion (chopped)
1 teaspoon roasted geera (cumin) for the cooking part
2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
Important. This dish is supposed to be spicy, so remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling the spicy peppers. Additionally, if doing this recipe gluten free, be sure to go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Peel, devin and wash the shrimp (drain dry), then season with the salt, black pepper, olive oil, roasted geera and Caribbean Green Seasoning. Stir well and allow to marinate (if you have time) for an hour or so. In my case I cooked them immediately.
Place a wide heavy pan on a low flame, then go in with the veg oil. As it heats, add the cumin seeds, corriander, garlic, habanero pepper, scallion and pimento peppers (leave out if you can’t source them). Cook on a low flame for about 4 minutes. You may want to turn the fan over your stove on or at least open your kitchen window or risk having the habanero choke you as it cooks.
It’s now time to crank up the heat to med/high and add the seasoned shrimp. Stir well to coat with that lovely base of flavor we created. Be sure to use a wide pan as we need for the shrimp to not be crowded or they may want to boil.
The shrimp will cook quickly.. no need to over-cook. After about 4 minutes, you may take the heat off, add the Wiri Wiri peppers and chopped cilantro and give it a toss. Leave in the pan for another minute to allow the residual heat to brighten up the cilantro we added and warm through the Wiri Wiri peppers. Obviously.. do check for salt and adjust to your liking.
A quick and tasty dish you can rock in less than 10 minutes! You’re free to add a bit more Habanero (or scotch bonnet) peppers if you wish and I’d recommend eating this warm as the shrimp may go chewy if heated in a microwave later on. For an added punch of flavor you may go in with a squeeze of fresh lime juice as you turn off the heat.
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