This mouth-watering Jamaican Curry Shrimp is bright, fresh and delicious! It includes large fresh shrimps, curry powder, capsicum peppers, onions, coconut milk and thyme. Serve it with white rice, plantain or coleslaw and make it in 30 minutes.
About this Recipe
I love serving this restaurant-quality Jamaican coconut curry shrimp for dinner and special occasions. It is creamy, rich in flavor and surprisingly easy to put together. All you need is a few easy-to-find ingredients and you’ll be enjoying this curry in no time.
Another thing I love about making this curry at home is that it can be customized to suit your taste. For example, if you like spicy curries then add two scotch bonnets but if you want a milder heat then use half. I also like to be generous with the number of shrimps I add to the curry as it is the best part! The capsicum peppers add beautiful color and fresh sweet colors to the curry so try not to skip them if you can.
Traditionally, Jamaican shrimp curry can be served with white rice, rice and peas, roti, plantain, coleslaw or veggies. However, feel free to serve it with whatever you please. It is guaranteed to disappear in seconds and is truly a seafood lover’s dream!
Jamaican Curry Shrimp Recipe Ingredients
- Shrimp: The fresher the better for this recipe. I like to use good-quality raw shrimp when cooking. They come in the shell so I remove the head and devein the shrimps before seasoning. Alternatively, you can buy cleaned shrimp or frozen shrimp instead. If you are using frozen shrimps then make sure you allow them to thaw before seasoning. If you are short on time then you can soak the shrimps in warm water and this will help them to thaw faster.
- Curry powder: It is important to use good quality Jamaican curry seasoning to make this curry shrimp Jamaican style. Curry powder gives this dish its wonderful darkish-yellow color.
- Salt to taste: To enhance the flavors in the curry and shrimps.
- Pepper to taste: My pepper of choice for this recipe is cayenne pepper but feel free to use paprika or black pepper.
- Green sauce: This sauce is a staple in most Caribbean households and is used to season lots of dishes. It typically includes basil, parsley, celery, garlic, onion, habanero peppers and more. However, don’t worry if you don’t have any the curry will still taste great.
- Onion chopped: Use white onions for this recipe to add savory flavor.
- Garlic cloves: Fresh garlic cloves work best in this recipe. Chop them thinly or grate them.
- Scotch bonnet: Add red scotch bonnets to this curry for some extra heat. Alter the heat level depending on your preference level.
- Capsicum peppers: For a hint of sweetness add red, green and yellow capsicum peppers to the curry.
- Coconut milk: This is the base of the curry and it gives it a rich and deliciously creamy flavor.
- Thyme: Traditionally, fresh sprigs of thyme are used but if you don’t have any then feel free to use dried thyme instead.
- Oil: Use vegetable or sunflower oil to cook the curry.
How to Make Jamaican Curry Shrimp
1.First, the shrimp needs to be prepared. Clean, devein shrimps and add them to a medium-sized bowl. Next, season the shrimps with 2 tbsp of curry powder, green sauce, salt to taste and pepper to taste. Rub the seasoning into the shrimps and refrigerate while you start the curry.
Tip: If you are using frozen shrimps then allow them to thaw before seasoning.
2. Next, prepare the curry. Heat a splash of oil in a saucepan. Then add onions, garlic and scotch bonnet. Cook and stir ingredients for a few minutes.
3. Add capsicum peppers to the saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add 2 tbsp of curry powder and stir while cooking on medium heat for 1 minute.
4. Pour coconut milk into the saucepan, add thyme, salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil then cook on low\medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
5. Remove the shrimps from the refrigerator and add the seasoned shrimps to the saucepan and stir well. Cook shrimps on each side for about 5-7 minutes or until done.
6. Then, leave the curry to cook on low heat for 5-7 more minutes and stir from time to time until the sauce thickens.
7. Once the Jamaican Shrimp Curry with Coconut Milk is done add fresh chilies and roughly chopped parsley. Serve curry with white rice, rice and peas, plantain or roti.
Tips and Tricks
- Shrimp: Be sure to, remove the shell, head and devein the shrimps before seasoning. If not the shrimp will have a bitter taste.
- Curry powder: When adding the curry to the saucepan make sure you cook it on medium heat for at least 1 minute. This ensures that the curry powder is cooked and not raw.
- Tasting: Taste the curry while cooking and adjust the seasoning if necessary. For example, you may need to add more salt.
- Low heat: Once the shrimps have been added cook them on a low heat to thicken the sauce and stir it from time to time.
- Consistency: If you prefer curry with a thicker consistency then mix together 1 tbsp of cornflour and 1 tbsp of water and pour it into the curry before adding the shrimp and stir well. This will thicken the sauce.
Jamaican curry has a beautiful darkish yellow color. This is because the dish includes Jamaican curry powder which is yellow in color. Some Jamaican curries include coconut milk while others are cooked with water.
There are many different types of Jamaican curries. For example, Jamaican shrimp curry and Jamaican chicken curry. They usually include curry powder, coconut milk, water, thyme, scotch bonnets, some sort of protein like chicken, shrimp, beef or chickpeas and vegetables like carrots or potatoes.
Jamaican curries usually have a fairly mild heat. However, if you are making it yourself you can control the level of heat by adding less or more scotch bonnets. If you really aren’t a fan of heat then you can skip the scotch bonnets altogether.
Jamaican curries are very versatile and can be served with white rice, rice and peas, roti, coleslaw and more!
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Jamaican Curry Shrimp Recipe
- Large Bowl
- 650 g of large shrimp
- 4 tbsp of Jamaican curry powder
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp of green sauce
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 scotch bonnet
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 medium red capsicum pepper
- 1 medium yellow capsicum pepper
- 1 medium green capsicum pepper
- 1 can of coconut milk
- ¼ tsp thyme or 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- A splash of oil
- Add cleaned and deveined shrimp to a medium-sized bowl and season with 2 tbsp of curry powder, green sauce, salt to taste and pepper to taste. Rub the seasoning into the shrimp and leave it in the refridgerator for later.
- Heat a splash of oil in a saucepan. Add onions, garlic and scotch bonnet and cook for a few minutes.
- Next, add capsicum peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add 2 tbsp of curry powder and stir while cooking on a medium heat for 1 minute.
- Pour coconut milk into the saucepan, add thyme, salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil then cook on lowmedium heat for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the seasoned shrimp to the saucepan and stir well. Cook shrimps on each side for about 5-7 minutes or until done. Then, leave the curry to cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Once the curry is done add fresh chilies and roughly chopped parsley. Serve curry with white rice and plantain.