Spicy Island Shrimp Recipe
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Spicy Island Shrimp Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Spicy Island Shrimp in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p25

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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jetnic2002 User ID: 1532660 239793
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

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

Noack05 User ID: 3143643 76493
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."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 131047
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"very good!"

kmonster User ID: 6670431 122172
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."

chellieandkids User ID: 1973287 100425
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!"

sherryorndorff User ID: 1981757 44205
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"

perrault User ID: 2351583 131045
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."

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 44204
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

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

akoehler79 User ID: 2893559 76492
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."

corpuscissy User ID: 5655143 83181
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 !"

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