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Spicy Sweet Shrimp and Plantains

Spicy shrimp recipe is so easy to make and oh so flavoursome
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 507kcal
Author Charla


  • 1 lb of  raw shrimp 450g
  • 2 yellow plantains peeled and chopped
  • 2 Bell peppers sliced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tablespoon of Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic granules
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of chilli flakes or omit if you don't want any heat
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut nectar can use agave, maple
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • ½ teaspoon of pink salt
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil


  • Melt the coconut oil on medium heat in a skillet.
  • Proceed to saute the onion, garlic and bell peppers until tender.
  • Once tender, add a splash of water (approx ¼ cup) to the skillet, reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and allow the peppers to completely soften via steaming for 5 minutes.
  • Once the peppers are soft, add the black pepper, herbs, black pepper, garlic, chilli,  coconut nectar and water to the pan to make the sauce.
  • Bring the skillet to a rolling boil then reduce to low heat stir and allow the sauce to thicken up. This should take 6-8 minutes,
  • Around the 6 minute mark, fold your plantain pieces into the sauce, coat and cook for 2 minutes before finally adding the shrimp.
  • Cook the shrimp until they turn pink to indicate readiness then serve.
  • Once the sauce has thicken up add the shrimp and cook until pink.


  • Use an alternative sweetener if you cannot get hold of coconut nectar
  • Raw shrimp is recommended but cooked shrimp works too. Just heat through for more than then 2 minutes to avoid the rubbery texture
  • The soft plantains (with the dark almost black skin) tend to be very sweet and absorbs a lot of liquid. Plantains with a more yellow skin are more firm and not as sweet (which I prefer)


Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 572mg | Sodium: 2376mg | Potassium: 1611mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 9313IU | Vitamin C: 201mg | Calcium: 398mg | Iron: 8mg