How to Bake Jamaican Jerk Shrimp


Jamaican jerk seasoning has a hot, spicy flavor. The seasoning adds bite to a number of foods, including shrimp, other shellfish, chicken and fish. It contains a variety of ingredients, most notably allspice and chiles. Stores typically sell it as Jamaican or Caribbean jerk spice. You can create a marinade with the seasoning to coat raw shrimp and bake it in the oven to infuse the shellfish with spicy flavors. You also can add the cooked shrimp to a salad or put it on skewers to make kabobs.

Things You'll Need

  • 32 shrimp
  • Paper towels
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. water
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Jamaican jerk seasoning
  • Baking pan
  • Rinse peeled and deveined shrimp under cool running water. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels after you rinse it.

  • Combine the tomato paste, olive oil and water in a small bowl. Add the minced garlic, cilantro, sugar and Jamaican jerk seasoning to the mixture.

  • Soak the shrimp in the marinade. Place the shrimp in the refrigerator as the oven preheats.

  • Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Place the shrimp into a baking pan in a single layer.

  • Bake the shrimp for 15 to 20 minutes or until the shrimp cooks thoroughly. Shrimp will appear opaque and light pink instead of translucent.

  • Remove the shrimp from the oven. Serve the shrimp immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pull the head and legs off the shrimp if they remain intact. Hold the shrimp so that the bottom faces you and place a thumb on each side of the shrimp. Peel back the sides of the shrimp shell and discard.
  • Remove the vein by slicing down the back with a sharp knife to expose the vein. Remove the vein with a toothpick or your fingers and discard.
  • Purchase Jamaican jerk seasoning at specialty food or gourmet stores if you cannot find it at your local grocery store.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw shrimp to prevent a food-borne illness.


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