Sweet and Spicy Jerk Shrimp

Background and History:

Jerk shrimp is a delightful Caribbean-inspired dish known for its bold and spicy flavors. It takes its roots from the traditional Jamaican jerk seasoning, which combines a medley of aromatic spices, and the addition of sweetness creates a perfect balance. This recipe offers a fusion of tastes that will transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of the Caribbean.

Serves: 4

Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the jerk seasoning, honey, olive oil, minced garlic, lime zest, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the bowl and toss them in the marinade. Allow them to marinate for about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat your grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers.
  5. Grill the shrimp for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and slightly charred.
  6. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 180 per serving
  • Protein: Around 20g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 10g
  • Fat: About 6g

Notes:

  • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less jerk seasoning.
  • Serve with a side of coconut rice or a simple green salad for a complete meal.
  • Lime wedges can be served alongside for an extra burst of citrus.

Allergy Warning:

  • Ensure that the jerk seasoning you use does not contain any allergens specific to your dietary requirements.

Indulge in the tantalizing blend of flavors in this Sweet and Spicy Jerk Shrimp—a quick and exciting way to experience the vibrant tastes of the Caribbean right at your dining table.

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