Coconut Jerk Shrimp & Plantains



  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp tail on, deveined, and cleaned
  • 1 coconut
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium scallions chopped
  • 2 Scotch bonnet chilies chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican all spice powder


  1. Finely chop onions, sweet chili pepper, scallions, and garlic; set aside.
  2. Peel shrimp, devein and clean in a bath of vinegar or lemon with water.
  3. Drain and dry with paper towel. Place in a large bowl. Season with all spice, pepper, nutmeg, and pour soy sauce over shrimp and mix well. Let marinate for about 10 minutes.
  4. Here’s a trick on how to open the coconut at home with a hammer. Once you crack open the coconut, scrap some of the coconut out and set aside.
  5. Heat tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in pepper, onions, garlic, scallions, coconut and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook while stirring occasionally. Remove the shrimp from heat, cover and  set aside so it stays hot while you prepare your plantain or side of your choice.
  6. Cut the sweet plantains, and in a separate skillet, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Fry the plantains until they are golden. Remove the plantains from the skillet once ready. Place in a paper towel to remove excessive oil.
  7. Once the plantains are ready, serve immediately with shrimp.

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