In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Stewed Cabbage With Shrimp.

“Hey I know you, you’re the guy from YouTube! My boyfriend sent me the video you did with Shrimp and Cabbage a few days ago.. excellent recipe” Met a young lady the other day at the Caribbean Grocers in Mississauga and she was excited to tell me that she enjoys my recipe videos. Always nice to meet people who test-drive my recipes with success. Gone are the days when cabbage is supposed to be bland and give you gas… this is guaranteed to be a HIT in your home.

You’ll Need…

1 lb medium shrimp (cleaned + deveined)
3/4 tablespoon salt (divided)
1 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
1 medium onion (sliced)
1/2 lime or lemon for washing the shrimp
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
2-3 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2 tablespoon water
1/2 medium Cabbage (shredded)
8 grape tomatoes (optional)
1 Wiri Wiri pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato concentrate puree
1/2 cup scallion tops (green part)

  • if doing this recipe gluten free please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific #glutenfree dietary requirements.

Peel, devein and wash the shrimp with cool water and the lemon juice. Drain and marinate with 1/3 of the salt, 1/2 the black pepper, curry powder, Caribbean Green Seasoning and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and give it a good mix. Set aside.

Heat a pot on a medium heat, then add the seasoned shrimp to the (dry) pot and stir. Quickly cook the shrimp for 2 minutes, then remove and set aside. Do NOT overcook the shrimp. Doing it this way will prevent that, plus give us that shrimp flavor to start with.

Add the remaining olive oil to the pot (still on medium heat) and add the onion, remaining black pepper, garlic and wiri wiri pepper (cut to release the heat) . Turn the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes.

Then move things from the center of the pot and add the tomato paste and stir well. We want that paste to get in contact with the hot pot to help it caramelize and go sweet. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the grated ginger and stir well.

Now turn the heat back up to medium and add the shredded cabbage. Should you prefer the cabbage more chunky – rock chunky. Stir as you add. Then add the remaining salt.

In the same bowl you marinated the shrimp, swish around the water and add it to the pot to help create a bit of steam. Here is where I added the tomatoes (optional as I was clearing out the fridge).

Seven minutes later the cabbage was the texture I like cabbage (slight crunch, cook more if you want), now is where we add back the shrimp we cooked earlier (including any juices) and stir. Cook for 2 minutes and you’re done. I’d recommend tasting for salt and adjust accordingly as I’m trying to cut back on my sodium intake and the recipe may reflect this.

Top with the scallions and get ready to enjoy a stunning cabbage dish with rice, roti or on sandwiches.

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  1. Samantha
    June 23, 2021 / 5:19 am

    I finally see the value in cooking the shrimp first. Thanks for explaining it Chris. I added sweet pepper, carrots, jalapeño, sweet potato, baigan to this dish. Might have let it cook a bit too long but it still taste great. Not sure what to eat this with. Not saucy enough for rice or roti, so it might just be bread or by itself. I added a few more seasonings to the shrimp too like chili pepper, amchar masala and Zatar. Sounds crazy I know but it’s whatever I come across. Another great recipe.

    June 14, 2021 / 11:03 am

    I have some leftover collards. Can I use this recipe with it?

    • admin
      June 14, 2021 / 11:04 pm

      most definetly

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