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Jerk Shrimp in Mango Sauce Recipe

Updated on March 25, 2010

Everyone Loves Mangoes!

I have never met anyone who didn’t like mangoes – they’re a universal fruit.

Well, here’s a very easy meal that showcases mangoes and tropical flavors, and if you have some jerk sauce on hand, this can be made in a matter of minutes.

I think a homemade jerk sauce is the way to go here – homemade jerk sauces have more body and taste – I love the little bits of ginger and chili and garlic that remain after the puree that add interest and surprise, but a bottled jerk sauce that you like will also work well. If you’re interested in making your own easy jerk sauce, here is a good jerk sauce recipe.

Jerk Shrimp in Mango Sauce

This is a very easy recipe – actually, it’s more of a technique than a recipe, so you won’t find exact quantities listed below, just a list of ingredients and simple instructions for making this dish

  • A couple of mangoes
  • Salt
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Some jerk sauce
  • Some peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Tortillas or good bread to eat this with

Instructions

  1. First, make the mango sauce – Cut the mango in half and use a spoon to scrape out all of the flesh out of the skin and from the pit. 1 mango will make enough sauce for about 2 people, so use as many mangoes as you need.
  2. Once you’ve scraped all the mango ‘meat’ from the fruit, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and then add lime juice until the sauce tastes sweet/tart. Since mangoes vary greatly in their sweetness, I can’t give you much of a quantity guideline here, just give it a good squeeze of juice, and then taste and then squeeze and another pinch of salt and then taste…until it tastes good to you!
  3. OK – sauce done, it’s time to sauté the shrimp. I think about 1/3 of a pound of shrimp meat is about right per person – so get as much shrimp as you need ready and give it a little sprinkling with salt.
  4. Heat up a heavy fry pan over medium high and add in a splash (1 Tbls or so) of vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot (Shimmering) add in the shrimp and fry for a minute or two on both sides…How long will depend on the size of the shrimp.
  5. Once the shrimp are almost but not quite cooked through, add in a generous splash of jerk sauce – about ¼ cup per serving and let the sauce heat through as the shrimp finish cooking.
  6. To serve, spoon the mango sauce on a plate in a pool in the center of the dish and spoon the shrimp in jerk sauce into the center of this mango sauce pool. Serve with good bread or flour tortillas on the side, so that people can scoop up all the tasty saucy bites to come.

Enjoy!

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