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Spicy Shrimp Jerk with Rice and Black Beans

by Christina Cherrier – Updated May 29, 2020
Spicy Shrimp Jerk with Rice and Black Beans
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Spicy Shrimp Jerk with Rice and Black Bean – This easy shrimp jerk is super healthy and delicious! Jumbo shrimps are marinated in jerk seasoning, sautéed with onions and bell peppers, topped with fresh mango salsa, and served on top of rice and beans. This filling yet healthy dinner with caribbean accents is cooked all together in one pan meaning it’s faster to cook and less mess to clean up!

Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Ingredients list for the Jerk shrimp and rice

Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound (450g) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Jerk seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

Rice and beans

  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice (or any white rice you like)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz – 425g) black beans, rinsed and drained

Salsa (optional)

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

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Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Directions

Shrimp Jerk
1. To make the Spicy Shrimp jerk Recipe: In a medium bowl, add shrimp and combine with Jerk seasoning and cumin. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon olive oil. Sear shrimp in the skillet (making sure it doesn’t crowd) and cook on both side for one minute. Add onion and red pepper flakes, season with a pinch of salt. Add green bell pepper and cook, stirring once or twice, on medium heat, about 3-4 minutes total, until shrimp is pink in color. Deglaze with 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth and give a quick stir. Remove shrimp from the skillet to a plate and set aside.

Rice
3. To the same skillet, add a tablespoon olive oil and minced garlic. Cook for one minute, until fragrant then add uncooked rice (make sure garlic doesn’t burn). Give a good stir to coat rice with oil and fry for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low boil simmer. Cover the skillet with the lid. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, covered, until the rice is cooked through. You might add 1/2 cup water if your rice is not completely cooked through.

Salsa
4. In the meantime you can prepare the mango salsa by dicing and combining all ingredients. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Final steps
5. When rice is done. Mix in drained black beans into the cooked rice. Stir well to combine.

6. Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet with rice and gently reheat with a quick stir. Adjust seasoning with salt and fresh cracked pepper and garnish with fresh thyme. Serve the shrimp and rice with salsa. Enjoy!

Quick Tips for Making Shrimp Jerk:

  • You can use shrimp with tails on or off. 
  • Buy shrimp (or prawns) already deveined, shelled and cleaned to save time.
  • Frozen shrimp is okay for this recipe, but fresh wild-caught shrimp tend to have better flavor.
  • To garnish your spicy garlic shrimp use fresh lemon juice (not the store-bought stuff)

What to Serve with Shrimp Jerk

Anything goes with Shrimp jerk, making it a simple and fun dinner. serve your shrimp jerk with homemade mango salsa and pico de Gallo all make great shrimp jerk toppings.

How to Store and Reheat Spicy Shrimp jerk

To Store. The shrimp jerk tastes best the day it is made but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Spicy Jerk Shrimp, Rice and Black Beans – An easy, light dinner, with so much flavor and cooked all together in just one pan!Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

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