Jamaican Curry Shrimp

This Jamaican Curry Shrimp is made with Jamaican curry powder, large succulent shrimp, bell peppers, and coconut milk. It’s a quick and easy curry recipe that’s perfect any day of the week.


  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2.5 Tablespoons Jamaican curry powder separated
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper seeds removed and sliced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 13.5 oz can of unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ Tablespoon ketchup
  • 4 sprigs of thyme or ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper


  • Season shrimp with 1 Tablespoon of curry powder and all-purpose seasoning and set aside for about 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients like chopping your onions, peppers, and garlic.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced yellow onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, if using, and chopped garlic and stir for 5 minutes, until peppers are slightly softened.
  • Add 1.5 Tablespoons of curry powder to the skillet and stir for an additional minute.
  • Then add coconut milk, seasoned shrimp, ketchup, and thyme, making sure the shrimp is covered in the sauce.
  • Allow the sauce to come to a simmer and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally and flipping the shrimp halfway, until the shrimp is fully cooked on both sides. This should take about 5-6 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.


  • This curry creates a rich and delicious sauce because I use a whole can of coconut milk. If you like your sauce a little thinner, sub half of the coconut milk with water.
  • I use Blue Mountain Jamaican curry powder for this recipe.
  • Make sure to keep the heat on medium to avoid scorching the sauce. If your sauce begins to scorch, turn your heat down to medium-low.
  • This dish is delicious served over white rice.
  • If you’re not a fan of spice, omit the scotch bonnet pepper.

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