Pepper Shrimp

My pepper shrimp recipe is rated H for Hot. Any hotter than this, and this pepper shrimp recipe would be banned for inducing spontaneous combustion LOL!! hahaha.

The Origin of Pepper Shrimp

Pepper shrimp is a recipe that has been influenced by our Chinese heritage on the island, but like all other trini recipes, this one has evolved to a more trini style Chinese recipe in our main stream trini cooking. First of all, the method is a little different (at least how we do it is!) to traditional Chinese cooking. How I like to put it, is that it starts of Chinese but by the end of its cooking the pepper shrimp becomes Trini.

What I would like to think makes Pepper Shrimp very Trini is the amount of ketchup that is used. If you know anything about the trini palate, you’ll know that we love ketchup. Added to that, there is also the, distinctly trini, seasonings that we use: there’s lots of chadon beni, chive and garlic.

Pepper shrimp is of course peppery and spicy, and to me a bit lava-ish, but being done trini style makes it mouthwateringly delectable. It’s like a love/ hate relationship or, as I would put it, a sweet/ hot relationship: you’re seduced by the sweet exotic tasting sauce, only to be stung by the peppery end, but you can’t stop now because the sauce already has you tootoolbay for more. :-)

Making Trini Style Pepper Shrimp

For this Trinidad pepper shrimp recipe we’re doing it with the shell on, so that the sauce could really soak into the shrimp. Of course you could do it without the shell: it’s just a matter of preference. I am very aware that some people don’t like to stop to take out the shell when enjoying this spicy shrimp delight. :-)

This trini style pepper shrimp is a sure winner in our kitchen and once you master it, it will be in yours too. It goes great as a side with fried rice and perhaps anything you could think of: probably with Hops bread too who knows! One thing for sure is that it would surely add some spice to your life! Here’s pepper shrimp trinistyle. Enjoy!

The Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Pepper Shrimp


1 lb shrimp
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 med. sweet pepper
1 small carrot
1 hot pepper
2 pimento peppers
2 cloves garlic, grated
4 leaves chadon beni, chopped
1 small onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp lime juice
2 chives (divided), chopped
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup


Devein the shrimp leaving the shell on.
Wash and drain

Season with ginger, pimento pepper, garlic, black pepper, chadon beni, lime juice, 1 chive and salt.


Take a fork and scour the sides of the carrot.
Note: We are doing this to make a pattern.

Cut the carrot into 1/8 ” slices


Cut the onion in four.


Then cut each piece in half.


Separate the onion layers.


Cut up the hot pepper…


…and chive.


Heat the oil in the wok over a medium flame.


Add the hot pepper and fry for 1 minute.


Note: Frying hot pepper releases noxious fumes which can burn your eyes and make you cough and sneeze so be careful. I actually had to take the photograph quickly and run out of the kitchen but I still ended up with watery eyes and had an uncontrollable sneeze! (*sniff, sniff, Achoo!*) lol!


Add the shrimp and stir fry for 1 minute.


Add about 1/4 cup of ketchup, soy sauce and a little water…


Then add the onion, chive, sweet pepper and carrots

Add 1/4 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup water. Stir


Cover and simmer for 2 minutes


The pepper shrimp looks good now.
The water has reduced to the right consistency.


Garnish with a sprig of chive.

Now you know how to make trinistyle pepper shrimp. I hope it was a wonderful experience for you.

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34 Responses to Pepper Shrimp

  1. Ayana October 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    great recipe, thanks for posting

  2. Terri January 2, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    I tried other pepper shrimp recipes but they were never this simple or tasty.

  3. joannie January 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    thanks !!:)

  4. Candice March 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    omg, this looks sooo easy to make as it looks incredible to taste. Will definitely try this recipe this week…heck tomorrow. Thanks

  5. charmbutterfly April 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Hey Felix I trying This tonight! If my mouth catch fire I coming by you for sorrel LOL

  6. trini December 22, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    looks sooo yummy can’t wait to try this ….thanks 4 sharing !!!!

  7. nish February 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Looks delicious. Trying this tonight

  8. nish February 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Looks delicious. Trying this tonight

  9. Indy February 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I made this many times and it’s always delightful and mouth watering! Thank you for the many delicious recipes Felix!

  10. Slick Nick April 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    great post

  11. Slick Nick April 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm #


  12. Andrew Yisu-das September 14, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    Thank u I needed this for tomorrow nite….my contribution to the party….great recipe

    • Felix September 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

      Thank you Andrew :-)

  13. Kerry December 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    This recipe was the best….it was absolutely delicious

    • Felix December 6, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      Thank you Kerry, much appreciated :-)

  14. Kavita Ramsaroop March 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I tried this recipe and it came out gr8. Thanks much :)

  15. Camille Mc Pherson April 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Easy to follow recipe.

    • Felix April 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank you Camille :)

  16. tian June 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Hey man tried this recipe with the vegetable chow mein….fantastic…this blog is awesome.

    • Felix June 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      glad you liked it Tian :)

  17. Maria July 11, 2013 at 9:10 am #


  18. Maria July 11, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Ok i just finished making it i added abit of chinese seasoning and salt an it came out really good yummi yum yum lol

    • Felix July 11, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Glad you liked it Maria :)

  19. Sauda July 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    This is sooo delish I made it today….can’t wait to the hubby get home.
    This is similar to the Shrimp Creole in Louisiana

  20. Joanna July 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    I made pepper shrimp with the vegetable chow mein for my co-workers and we had it for lunch today. They loved it !!!!

    • Felix July 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Good for you Joanna. Please tell them where you got the recipe and spread the good news :)

      • keisha November 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

        Im so glad I found this recipe.simple and great.

  21. Keisha January 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Nice recipe

  22. loisanto March 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Great recipe. My family loves it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Felix March 7, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      You’re welcome :)

  23. Amelia April 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I love your recipes… Thanks for sharing….

  24. Lenny May 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Just made this for my Trini wife living in Scotland. She is in heaven, the real deal taste of Trinidad. Thanks.

  25. Geneva henderson January 6, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Hi, This recipe sounds great but I am looking for the recipe for the shrimp cocktail made with a pink sauce. I have been to Trinidad twice first in 1977. I went to a restaurant there and I can’t remember the name for anything. They served it there. The best dish I have ever eaten and I have been looking for this recipe since I left. Any possible way you may know what I am talking about? Or anyone who reads this. Desperate in Texas. Thanks and I love Trini cooking.

    • Felix January 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      Will look into it for you :)

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