If you love jerk spiced foods, then you will LOVE these jerk spiced shrimp tacos. The shrimp marinate in a delicious jerk seasoning blend for a few hours or overnight which allows them to take on lots of flavour. Then simply cook them on a skillet or over the grill until cooked through. Serve them with a cooling and refreshing mango salsa and cabbage. These jerk flavoured shrimp tacos will light your tastebuds on fire in the best way!
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The ingredient list is longer than most of my recipes simply due to the jerk spice dry mix. Feel free to use a jerk spice blend that you love if you prefer.
Making your own jerk spice blend is SO easy and it's great to have on hand. I prefer making my own because I can control the heat and salt. But feel free to use a store bought version that you love instead.
Jerk actually refers to a style of cooking native to Jamaica, where meat is dry rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mix. Jerk seasoning is a blend of different spices that can include: allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and salt.
Simply mix all of the spices and salt below and keep it stored in a glass container with your other spices. Use more of it in these delicious jerk chicken burgers!
Making these Jamaican jerk shrimp tacos is so so easy. All you need to do is combine everything for the jerk shrimp marinade in a bowl with the shrimp and leave it in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the tamari, lime zest, garlic, pepper, jerk spice blend, Chinese five spice, salt and oil. Mix well to combine. Transfer to a large ziploc bag, or keep it in the bowl and cover with wrap.
Place in the fridge to marinate for a few hours.
When ready to cook, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, transfer the shrimp and any marinade (working in batches) and cook for two to three minutes and then flip and cook for two minutes, or until cooked through. Remove and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the mango salsa ingredients and season with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
Toss the cabbage with a drizzle of avocado oil and lime juice.
Place the cabbage in a taco, followed by the shrimp and then the mango salsa.
Serve with a squeeze of lime juice and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
For these jerk shrimp tacos, I like using larger shrimp, like 8/12. This means you'll get 8-12 shrimp per pound.
You'll get about 2-3 shrimp per taco.
I always use frozen shrimp that is already peeled and deveined, Costco has a good deal on these. Simply thaw before marinating.
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These flavourful Jerk shrimp tacos are loaded with lots of jerk spice and taste incredibly delicious served with a cooling mango salsa.
For the jerk shrimp:
For the Jerk spice blend:
If you're using this DIY version, make this ahead of time and then store in a sealed container.
For the mango salsa:
To make the jerk shrimp:
To make the mango salsa:
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