Trinidad pepper shrimp recipe can be made in 15 minutes with easily substitutable ingredients. Perfect for dinners and can also be served as appetizers. The very flavourful and tasty dish would be loved by everyone.
I know how the evenings are shorter for busy moms. Dropping the kids for the classes, assisting them in their home works, shopping. Do we ever have time for cooking for dinner in the evenings and dream about pepper shrimp Trini style?
It is not difficult as you thought of. The recipe is simple like making simple shrimp stir fry. All you are required to do is collecting the ingredients. The Trini cooking requires a few authentic ingredients to make them stand out.
Finding it difficult to locate the ingredients? you do not need to scarify your cravings. You can substitute the ingredients that are easy to find in the US stores.
Most of the time, we try to manage dinner with leftovers and simple food. Reheating the leftovers may save time but would it really healthy? That's a million-dollar question.
So, I'm just on a quest for making restaurant-style dinner with lesser work and with minimal ingredients. Everyone is talking about restaurant-style dinners. When we call it a restaurant-style food, it should have visual appeal and tastier than an everyday food.
This Trinidad pepper shrimp is one such recipe, which looks good to the eyes and tastier. And great for moms that these can be made under 15 minutes.
What is Trinidad pepper shrimp?
This is a popular recipe from the Trinidad and Tobago cuisine, in the Caribbean islands. The cuisine has influences of West African, Indian, Chinese, Native American, Arab, and more cuisines.
- Stores carry two varieties of shrimps, cooked and raw. Choose raw shrimps for this recipe.
- The tail on or tail off shrimps? It's up to you to the individual's preference. Both do taste equally good. The tail on shrimps looks dramatic while serving this Trinidad pepper shrimp.
- Overcooked shrimps turn rubbery. Cook in low-medium flame for perfectly cooked shrimps.
- To make it more colorful, add yellow peppers. And to make more healthy add broccoli and other vegetables.
- The leftovers shrimp can be used for making wraps or rolls. I make the shrimps with more quantity to use the leftovers for making Vietnamese spring roll. So the same appetizer goes into the main course as well.
Trinidad pepper shrimp
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 1 lb shrimp deveined
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper sliced
- 1/4 cup pimento peppers sliced/substitute with red pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup culantro chopped/substitute with fresh cilantro
- 2 tbsp thyme fresh
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tsp black pepper crushed
- Over low-medium heat, place a pan. Add sesame oil, grated ginger, minced garlic, cleaned shrimp, sliced green bell pepper, pimento pepper, and salt.
- Stir until all the ingredients combined together. Cover and cook it for about 10 minutes in simmer flame.
- Remove the lid and in medium flame, cook until the moisture gets evoporated and shrimps are done perfectly.
- Turn the heat to low, chopped Culantro, thyme, lime juice, soy sauce, tomato ketchup, and crushed black pepper.
- Turn the heat to high and toss until all spices coats the shrimp well.
- Serve immediately.
- Culantro can be substituted with the chopped cilantro.
- Pimento peppers can be substituted with red pepper or any other mild, sweet peppers.
- Sesame oil provides a unique flavor to the recipe, however, it can be substituted with canola or corn oil.