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Spicy Island Shrimp

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 22, 2022
My husband got this recipe while he was living on St. Croix Island. We've served Spicy Island Shrimp 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


  • 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
  • Optional: Hot cooked rice and thinly sliced green onions


  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. If desired, serve with rice and additional green onions.

Spicy Island Shrimp Tips

Is it possible to overcook the shrimp?

Yes, shrimp can easily be overcooked. To prevent this, select an ample-sized pan for the amount of shrimp you’re making and cook just until they start to turn pink and curl. Remember, even after removing from the heat, they will continue to cook. Check out this guide on how to cook shrimp.

How should I serve this Spicy Island Shrimp?

Spicy Island Shrimp can be served on over rice, with your favorite salad or even in a wrap.

Can I make this spicy island shrimp ahead of time?

?It’s best to make the shrimp when you are ready to serve so you don’t overcook them when reheating. Because they cook quickly, shrimp are perfect for weeknight dinners! Get more easy shrimp recipes.
Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

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