Grilled Jerk Shrimp

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Smoky and delicious, with a tangy spicy kick – grilled shrimp in a vibrant red jerk seasoning and lime juice are a delicious, healthy dinner!

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Jerk Shrimp on the Grill

Jerk shrimp is delicious on the grill – the spicy, delicious Caribbean seasoning is perfect on a grill with a smoky, char-grilled flavor.

Jerk sauce is a Jamaican sauce made up of a blend of seasonings – usually cumin, nutmeg, allspice, smoked paprika, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

You can use store-bought jerk sauce for this recipe, but I used a recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen – her easy homemade jerk sauce was a perfectly spicy sauce and super easy to whip up.

To find her homemade jerk sauce recipe, click here.

Jessica’s vegan takes on the traditional Jamaican recipes she grew up with are always incredibly delicious if you’re looking for some great meat free meals – but her jerk is hands down the best!

Jerk sauce is delicious on all sorts of meats, fish, and vegetables – and it is naturally low carb and keto.

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How to Grill Jerk Shrimp

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Green Onions
  • 4 organic scotch bonnet peppers*, 3 ¼ oz
  • ½ large red onion or 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 5 stalks of scallion
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pimento seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, I used organic
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Squeeze lime

We’re going to use Jessica from Jessica in the Kitchen’s recipe for jerk sauce – it is perfect, and I don’t see any reason to change it. Please click here for the recipe.

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Tips to Perfect Grilled Jerk Shrimp & FAQs

Drizzle olive oil over your shrimp evenly. 

This will help give your salmon a lightly fried texture and allow the oil to crisp on the shrimps. Don’t skip the oil! 

  • Season shrimp liberally. 
  • Take your shrimp’s temperature!

Aim for 165 degrees for fully cooked salmon. Remove shrimps from the grill at 160 degrees, as they will carry over cook.

FAQs

When are shrimp fully cooked?

Shrimp is fully cooked at 165 degrees. Use a digital thermometer to ensure shrimp is fully cooked through.

How can you tell that shrimp is done?

When shrimp is fully cooked, it turns from grey and translucent to white and opaque.

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What to Serve With Jerk Shrimp

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Grilled Jerk Shrimp

Spicy grilled shrimp in a Jamaican jerk sauce grilled to tender, delicious perfection in less than 10 minutes.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword grill, grilled shrimp, jamaican, jerk shrimp, seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 208kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • ¼ – ½ cup jerk sauce recipe here or use store-bought
  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and de-veined, tails on or off depending on your preference
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to 425 degrees.
  • Combine shrimp, lime wedges, and jerk sauce in a large bowl, and let marinate at least 20 minutes, up to 1 hour.
  • Brush a thin coat of olive oil onto grill or lay down a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil onto grill.
  • Add shrimp and lime wedges to grill and grill 3-4 minutes per side, until bright pink and opaque, with char marks. Add green onions for last minute or two of grilling.
  • Remove from grill and serve with rice, vegetables, fish, or meat.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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