Saucy, Spicy and Simply Delicious. Over the years I’ve shared several pepper shrimp recipes with you all, based on my experiences and general love for this spicy seafood dish. There’s my Classic Island Pepper Shrimp, my Memories of Korea Pepper Shrimp, the Jamaican Pepper Shrimp after a trip to the island and even a Fried Rice done with Pepper Shrimp. Yet I’ve never shared this version of pepper shrimp with you. Until now!
1 lb large shrimp
1 tablespoon chili oil
2 scallions (sliced)
3 Jalapeño peppers (sliced)
1 Pimento pepper (sliced)
1 lemon (divided) | 3/4 cup water
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
salt (see note)
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1 medium onion (large dice)
4 cloves gallic (crushed)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
6 bird’s eye pepper (sliced)
Notes! Please follow along with the video below. This is meant to be a spicy dish, but you can tailor the heat level to your own tolerance. I explained why I didn’t add any salt to the dish in the video below, however you may add 1/2 teaspoon or so at the end, should you wish.
Peel, devein and wash the shrimp with cool water and the juice of 1/2 the lemon.
Heat the oil (if you cannot source the chili oil, use veg oil) in a saucepan on a medium flame, then add the onion, Jalapeño and Bird’s Eye peppers and cook for 2 minutes. Then turn the heat down to med/low and add the Pimento pepper, garlic and ginger.
After 3 minutes you may now add the chili garlic sauce, tomato ketchup, black pepper, soy sauce and Sesame oil. Stir well. Add the water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
With your heat at med/low, add the shrimp to the pan and stir well. The goal is to cook it for 2-3 minutes, then turn the stove off so the residual heat will continue cooking things. Try your best to not over cook the shrimp.
As you turn off the stove taste the sauce for salt and adjust to your liking. Add the chopped scallions and finish with the remaining lemon juice. Should you want to add 3/4 teaspoon of white sugar to the sauce for a sweet and spicy sort of finish, feel free to do so.
As we discussed in the video you may add bell peppers and thinly sliced carrots to the dish if you wish. If you prefer using Habanero, Scotch Bonnet or any other spicy peppers other than the Bird’s Eye, it’s your choice yea.
I enjoy this as a snack, but it’s excellent served with rice.