Spicy Caribbean Shrimp

by jenna on April 22, 2011

You didn’t really think I came home from the Islands empty handed, did you?

Hello, lovelies.

These cute little bottles of rum were in my hotel room last week and are just begging to be made into a cocktail. But first, I had to attempt to recreate the aaaaamazing shrimp I tried at The Taste of St. Croix.  I wasn’t really sure what was in the original shrimp (prepared by celebrity chef Roberto Trevino) recipe that I tried, so yesterday I just started playing around with spices…and rum…until I got close.

The end result were delicious spicy, curried shrimp with juicy mango and a squeeze of fresh lime. You could grill the shrimp, of course, but I just prepared mine in my trusty ol’ cast iron skillet. The entire recipe only took 15 minutes to make, leaving me ample time to prepare a cocktail with the leftover coconut rum.

Now all I need are some sweet plantains and I’m good to go! Oh, and black beans. And the sun. And the ocean.

If I close my eyes tight enough while eating these shrimp, I can almost make myself believe that I’m there.

Spicy Caribbean Shrimp

serves 2

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1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 T coconut rum (or any type of rum)

1 T olive oil

1 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp salt

1 lime, juiced

1 mango, peeled and diced into small pieces

1 T canola oil


Wash the shrimp and pat dry, leaving the tails on.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the rum, olive oil, curry powder, cayenne, allspice and coriander. Set aside.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet (or heat up the grill). Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to coat with sauce. Cook the shrimp for a minute or two until done—sprinkle with salt while cooking.

When cooked, remove shrimp from skillet and toss with diced mango and lime juice. Serve with rice, beans and plantains.


15 minutes

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

Jenna, the recipe looks awesome. I am headed to the Caribbean in just a couple weeks..I can’t wait for the warm water and rum and sand in my toes. I like the way you think that the recipe took only 15 mins leaving you plenty of time to make a cocktail :)

Cute mini bottles! I used to live in SC for a few years where they ONLY served liquor in restaurants/bars from mini bottles. Memories!


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

ah, i LOVE cruzan rum! i remember when we went to Tortola and Virgin Gorda a couple years ago we got shots of Cruzan when we stepped off the boats…not to mention the multiple bowls of rum punch that were made. YUM!


Jessica @ How Sweet April 22, 2011 at 5:19 am

We pretty much live for coconut rum in this house.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

Love it, though I’d rather eat it in the Caribbean!


Estela @ Weekly Bite April 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

I love shrimp!!! These look like the perfect summer meal :)


marla April 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

Spicy little shrimp with mango sound awesome! Sounds like such a fun trip :)


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 22, 2011 at 5:43 am

Ooooh, feisty! I like this! Always looking for new ways to flavor shrimp-thanks!


Holly @ The Runny Egg April 22, 2011 at 5:48 am

The shrimp look delicious — and they’d go perfect with a cocktail — good call!


Urban Wife April 22, 2011 at 5:50 am

After seeing the shrimp picture from your post the other day, I was hoping you would share a recipe with us soon. And you did! Awesome! :)


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

15 minutes for a scrumptious looking shrimp dish? I am sold!


mary (sisters running the kitchen) April 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

wow that’s a lot of rum!!! The shrimp look awesome!


Blog is the New Black April 22, 2011 at 5:58 am

I don’t even like shrimp and these look wonderful!


JaNelle April 22, 2011 at 6:05 am

Must make this now! If the hubs and I didn’t have dinner plans tonight, I’d be making this. But there is always tomorrow …


d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 22, 2011 at 6:06 am

Ooo these look delicious! My roommate is on a cruise this week and I’m so jealous – the cold weather came back to DC :(


Lesley Lifting Life April 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

That shrimp looks perfect!


Krystina (Organically Me) April 22, 2011 at 6:27 am

What I wouldn’t give for some soft, caramel plantains and aromatic black beans right now.


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life April 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

Love, love the hotel mini bar you brought home!!!! Recipe looks amazing–I can almost taste the carribbean!


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) April 22, 2011 at 6:34 am

Ah! I think I have everything I need for this recipe! Minus the rum….but that can be remedied.


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

Rum and shrimp yumm. I’d love to see you tackle rum cake! And drool over your pictures :)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock April 22, 2011 at 6:52 am

I’m not a huge shrimp person, but I love curry, so I would definitely eat this 😉


Baking 'n' Books April 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

I don’t know if I’m more jealous of the run, the sand, the surf – or your tan!!


Baking 'n' Books April 22, 2011 at 7:30 am

Ah, that’s supposed to be ruM.


Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

ohh man we really went crazy on the cruzan when we were there.

It’s so fruity and smooth you can just drink it on the rocks… mmm now Ihtink I can close my eyes and imagine I’m back in the BVI too sighhh :)


Natalia - a side of simple April 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

Mmm this is perfect for the last no-meat Friday of Lent! Thanks, Jenna :) And I could always use a little taste of the warmer weather, island feel in my life!


LeeAnn April 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

It’s raining where I am, but I’m sure I’d forget about the rain if I make this! MMM looks wonderful as always!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

These look great!!


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles April 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

Spicy prawns with pineapple is one of my faves. Can’t go wrong!


Jesse April 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

oh shrimp with mango sounds delicious. i’m all about the mango lately.


Sonia (the Mexigarian) April 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

That looks amazing! I love shrimp. And coincidentally, I like rum 😉 Though I am semi allergic to mango, that’s not going to stop me from making this dish!


Ann April 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

These look fantastic! I have bookmarked like 10 of your recipes in the past two weeks, you’re on a roll! And between these, and shrimp tacos, and engagement scampi, I think I need to get the BJs bulk bag of frozen shrimp on my next trip!


Moni'sMeals April 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

yes maam! This looks fantasic. Oh Caribbean I am coming soon. :)


katie April 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

omg! You know the ‘right’ kind of things to bring back from a trip! Love it!

Your shrimp looks yummy! I am always afraid to cook shrimp, I need to though!


Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

Looks delicious!! I don’t eat nearly enough shrimp.


R @ Learning As I Chop April 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

I want to be there too. The water looks so nice


Danielle April 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Look great!!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

The little rum bottles are so cute!!


Meghan April 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

These look amazing! I bet they’d be great in a burrito with some avocado and black beans!


Daisy April 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

nice legs. oh and shrimp.


Vanessa April 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Coconut rum is amazing. It’s been far too long since I’ve tasted it.


French Heart April 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Looks great. Haven’t tasted rum in eons. Reminds me of the delicious rum cakes used to make. Hmmmm, I see rum in my near future–like perhaps this afternoon. Thx!


Pamela Rich April 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The shrimp looks absolutely incredible! I definitely will be making this week!


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day April 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Love those flavors! …


kaila @ healthy helper! April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Yum! I love shrimp recipes…..they are just so versatile! You can never have enough goooood shrimp dishes!


melissa April 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Please mix your raspberry rum with lemonaid, with a sugar rim. You will thank me later, I promise you. Drink one for me while you are at it.


Char April 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Ooo you speak to me with this one. I would love to try this!!


jenna k April 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

ooooo, that looks way yummy!
cruzan has some really great flavors. i had a delicious guava marg recently, so i’ll need to track down that guava cruzan asap! :)


Katrina April 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

Neat! I wish I could be in the Caribbean right now!


Samantha April 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

Jenna, I just saw this on StumbleUpon and had to share it with you!!


:) :)


Christine (The Raw Project) April 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

So jealous of your trip and the shrimp dish looks amazing!


Cassie April 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

Yumm coconut rum shrimp! All those little bottles are so cute too


Vanessa @ Project Zen April 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

My mouth has actually been watering for shrimp lately. I also was looking for recipes with curry powder incorporated. Thanks for reading my mind!


Ali April 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Mini bottles of alcohol always feel so festive. Even if you just have them on an average night, you feel like it’s a big occasion bc they’re so fun.


Jen April 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

This recipe looks delicious! Definitely plan to try it soon. Hubby and I will be in the Caribbean a week from tomorrow! We’re going on a cruise so we’ll visit St. Thomas, Antigua & Bermuda. I’ll try to soak up a little extra sun for you & will definitely have a cocktail in your honour :)


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen April 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

OMG! Those shrimp look so amazing! And that view is incredible. I could see myself eating a gigantic plate (with a beer) on that beach.


Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates April 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Wow.. Looks delicious!! I’m going to have to make this. I LOVE shrimp.


Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 24, 2011 at 12:16 am

That shrimp is mouth watering


Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 24, 2011 at 4:01 am

Mmm…the shrimp looks marvelous! So full of flavor.

And the view is wonderful as well. I can’t wait to soak up some vitamin D this summer! 😀


Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel April 24, 2011 at 6:16 am



Mellie April 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I’m soo jealous that you went to the beach..and got a tan…and shrimp. I want to make this (minus the rum) ASAP!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The ocean……you’re a tease. I could really use some beachside time right now!


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum April 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

The tan legs picture has me green with envy! If only I were sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun, and getting tan legs myself….!! :)


reanne April 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

on your next vacation you should try Trinidad and Tobago. due to their mix of cultures, the Caribbean twin island republic is just bursting with delightful cuisine that makes your mouth water…they really like their food hot and the people are so awesome *died when i heard their accent*!

This spicy shrimp saved me today btw. Wonderful and easy. Thanks for it!


Tanya May 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

The Caribbean foods are delicious and healthy. Looking for it for a long time. It looks fresh juice and syrup with cold ice. I want to know about the price value and more cetagories.


corey @ Learning Patience July 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

This looks delicious!! I can’t wait to make it this week! Shrimp, mango & cocktails — sounds perfect!


Lisa May 24, 2012 at 4:37 am

I want to thank you for this recipe! I made it for two teacher’s luncheons (at two different schools) and both times this recipe was the HIT and most requested of everything that I made. I found a Hot Jamaican Curry (made by Grace) that gave the dish a real kick. The heat paired with the cool mango is incredible!! I gave you credit so don’t be surprised if you see more activity on your website :-) Thanks again!! Lisa


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