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Spicy Island Shrimp Recipe

Spicy Island Shrimp Recipe

My husband got this recipe while he was living on St. Croix Island. We've served the zippy shrimp dish on several holiday occasions. I'm amazed at how even those who claim not to care for shrimp come out of their shells and devour them when they're prepared this way! -Teresa Methe, Minden, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 2-1/4 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute the green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Reduce heat; add shrimp. Cook for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  • 2. Stir in the tomato sauce, green onions, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 293 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 293mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein

Reviews for Spicy Island Shrimp

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"very spicy that kids could not eat it as well has my husband."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Delicious...No need to change anything. I was worried about the cayenne pepper and reduced it to half of what the recipe called for. I won't change anything in the recipe next time i make it. My family like this one a lot."

Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"very good!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"This recipe was amazing! I also made it with chicken and shrimp by cooking the inplace of the shrimp. Then added the shrimp when the chicken was done. Everyone loved it and I was very happy with the out come! I used 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and it was not too spicy."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"This has to be one our absolute favorite recipes EVER in our house. I take out a portion for my kids before I add the white and cayenne pepper (too spicy for them yet and 6 & 5) add a litte ketchup to their version and they eat it right up! Of course my husband and I LOVE the full spicy version. SO GOOD!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Great recipe. I just recently realized that I love shrimp recipes. I don't like green pepper though & used red instead. I cut the recipe in 1/2 & it was at least 4 servings. Definitely a keeper"

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"This is one of my favorites, Love the spicy shrimp. I have made this several times, i like to change it just a little each time."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"I would use a diffrent sauce base next time."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"One of my favorite shrimp recipes yet. So easy to make and has an awesome flavor. Will cut back on the peppers for my daughter, as I think it is too spicy for her."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Sorry folks my reviews were for the shrimp Newburg, I haven't tried the spicy Island shrimp yet. It was the next recipe I was going to try. Sorry !"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"In my previous review I forgot to add that I did use the cream of mushroom soup and added 1 tsp. of Old Bay and also some H.E.B. Texas Originals blackened seasoning spice blend sprinkled on to add extra flavor. It did not taste spicy but flavorful."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"I tried this recipe tonight for a light dinner. i was pleasantly surprised at how easy and really good this tasted ! My husband and daughter both said it was a dish they would request again ! I cook all my meals at home with an occasional meal out, so I am always happy to find a new addition to our menu. I am from a coastal town so seafood is always plentiful and new recipes are greatly appreciated ! Thank you for sharing your recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. Just a little too spicy for my kids. Next time I will reduce the cayanne."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"We love this recipe. It is easy to make and tastes great. I didn't change a thing. Even my daughter, who doesn't care for seafood loves this one. It's definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"My husband and I love this dish. I reduce the cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper slightly so that one can appreciate the taste of the sauce."

Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"Re: Spicy Island Shrimp love it

just enough spice"

Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"I expected much more from such a highly rated recipe. It was just 'okay'."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.