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Spicy Island Shrimp

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


  • 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


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

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  • blueyedjla
    Dec 30, 2019

    So good. My husband and I make this with a variety of seafood-shrimp, scallops, and crab. We either serve it over rice or portabella mushrooms for a low carb version. I think the shrimp tend to be over-cooked when simmered for 20 minutes. If they were added the last 5-10 minutes I think the shrimp would be better.

  • jthibeau
    Jul 10, 2019

    This is a favorite in our house. I’ve made it with shrimp just like the recipe calls for and I’ve made it with 1 lb shrimp and 1lb halibut. Both ways are really good.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Mar 30, 2018

    Very good - loved the flavors in the sauce, but almost overpowered the shrimp. But, I will make this again! Would like to try this with chicken.

  • jetnic2002
    Dec 19, 2015

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

  • Noack05
    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
    May 13, 2014

    very good!

  • kmonster
    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.

  • Table46
    Mar 12, 2013

    No comment left

  • chellieandkids
    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
    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