In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Succulent Oven Jerk Shrimp.

Once again I’m sharing a ‘Jerk’ recipe and I feel compelled to mention as I always do… yes authentic Jamaican Jerk (anything) is a combination of the jerk marinade and the technique of grilling over pimento wood. I am based in Canada and it’s the middle of winter, so it’s all about using the indoor oven as best we can. Save the idiotic comments please.

You’ll Need…

3-4 large shrimp (cleaned)
1 tablespoon Jamaican jerk marinade
2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
1 1/2tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4-8 sprigs thyme
3 scallions (divided)
1 lemon (juice)
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 clementine (juice)

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please read the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the Jerk Marinade you use as most will contain soy sauce and potently other gluten ingredients.

Preheat your oven to 525 F (broil). As the oven comes up to temperature, clean and wash the shrimp (or lobster tails) with the juice of 1/2 the lemon and cool water. Split the shrimp down the middle and devein, but be sure to leave the shell on. Yea, some of you may call these prawns.

It’s time to make the sort of dressing to cover the split shrimp with. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, the jerk marinade (yes I used store bought, but you can use the recipe I have on here to make your own), ginger, black pepper, juice of the clementine (or orange juice), 1 scallion chopped finely, honey and black pepper.

In a roasting tray (I used a cast iron pan), drizzly on the remaining olive oil (or line it with foil for easier cleanup after), then lay out the shrimp shell side down and pour the jerk marinade onto the exposed flesh.

Tuck the thyme and remaining scallions between the shrimp, so as it roasts in the oven you’ll get a further herbal perfume in the air. NOTE! You can sprinkle some salt and black pepper (if you want) onto the shrimp before dressing them with the jerk marinade.

Now into the oven for 6-8 minutes, depending on how large the shrimp are that you use.

I had the pan on the middle rack for the first 4 minutes, then the top rack the final couple mins. As soon as I took it out of the oven, I drizzled on the remaining lemon juice and chopped parsley.

Who said you couldn’t do brilliant Jerk Shrimp in the Oven? Feel free to use your outdoor propane or charcoal grill if you prefer. The use of the honey and clementine juice will give it a lovely undertone of sweetness (jerk marinade can be spicy) and citrus.

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1 Comment

  1. Pam
    March 9, 2022 / 7:51 pm

    Absolutely DELICIOUS!! I made extra so I can try it with haddock tomorrow night. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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