My first encounter with Jamaican Pepper Shrimp was a year ago when my in-laws stopped by with these in hand.  I fell in love that day.


As always, whenever I’m blown away by a dish that I’ve never had before, I pick the brain of the chef so that I could recreate it at home.    Ridiculously simple to make, it’s packed with flavor and a kick of heat.

Typically served on the roadside, the shrimp with shell intact is pan fried with thyme, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper.  Crispy, garlicky and salty, this would be the perfect accompaniment to an ice cold beer.   Don’t be fearful of the addition of the scotch bonnet pepper, the seeds are usually removed which controls the heat.


Jamaican Pepper Shrimp

1 lb jumbo shrimp, with shell but deveined

1 lime

3 cloves crushed garlic ½ of scotch bonnet pepper, seeds removed 5 sprigs thyme, finely chopped 1 tbsp butter Salt to taste 1 tbsp canola oil 1 scallion, finely chopped Squeeze ½ of lime over shrimp and rinse.   Heat canola oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.   Add thyme and pepper, heat for 1 minute.   Add garlic and shrimp, stir.   Cook for 3 minutes then turn shrimp.  Add butter and salt, cook for an additional 2 minute.  Squeeze the other half of lime over the shrimp, remove from heat.   Sprinkle with scallion to garnish.





  1. April 17, 2012 / 8:21 am

    I don’t eat shrimp but that sure looks tasty! Great flavor combo, though I couldn’t handle the heat of the Scotch Bonnet!

  2. Dave
    April 17, 2012 / 11:29 am

    Now this has my name written all over it, a wow! And SO easy to make, that I like.

  3. April 17, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Oh my! I can smell the delicious shrimps here. I love spicy foods I think I can handle the heat of the pepper. Yum! =)

  4. Tara
    April 17, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Jehan~ That shrimp looks delish!

  5. GP
    April 18, 2012 / 10:18 am

    That looks really good and sounds flavorful. Something I may try to make!

  6. April 24, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    Sounds like a great and easy dish! I love shrimp and can never get enough! Yum!

  7. Charles
    May 5, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Excellent. I was looking for a good pepper shrimp recipe since my favorite jamacian resturant closed. Thanks.

  8. Shelly
    July 30, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    Jehan~~~ thanks for shearing all your delicious recipes!!

  9. Tara
    January 1, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this simple recipie. I made it as a starter New Year’s Eve, laid it on a bed of lettuce and topped with mango pieces.
    Thanks for the inspiration -utterly brilliant!