Healthy Recipe: Spicy Jerk Shrimp With Coconut Rice

Looking for a meal that’s both healthy and delicious? This jerk shrimp recipe is packed with flavor and has just the right blend of hot and fiery, savory, and sweet—a quick protein to meal prep and pair with yummy coconut rice. Serve with a side of sliced red, yellow, and green bell peppers and you’ve got yourself a balanced dish. This jerk seasoning also goes great with chicken, pork, or vegetables! 


For the coconut rice:

1½ cups (10½ oz/330 g) short-grain brown rice

2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml) cold water

1 can (13½ fl oz/400 ml) lite coconut milk


For the marinade:

4 garlic cloves, peeled

½ teaspoon freshly sliced ginger

½ red onion, roughly chopped

3 green onions, roughly chopped

½ habanero pepper, stemmed (add more for extra spice) 

¼ cup liquid aminos

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 orange, juiced

1 lime, juiced

1 tablespoon brown sugar

½  teaspoon ground Allspice

½  teaspoon ground thyme

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound (500 g) jumbo shrimp (about 16 to 20)


To make the coconut sticky rice, in a small saucepan over high heat, bring the rice, water, and coconut milk to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the rice is cooked through and sticky, about 45 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Add marinade ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Divide marinade into two portions.

Peel and devein shrimp, then remove the tail or leave it on, your preference! Marinate the shrimp in half the jerk seasoning for 30 minutes; set aside the remainder.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and heat to medium-high. Pat the shrimp dry, then add them in one layer in the hot skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp is cooked through. Toss cooked shrimp with remaining jerk seasoning and serve over coconut rice. 

Makes 4 servings.


Calories 520

Protein 22 g

Total fat 19 g

Saturated fat 6 g

Cholesterol 145 mg

Carbs 66 g

Fiber 3 g

Total sugars 6 g

Added sugars 2 g

Sodium 1,210 mg

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