Pepper Shrimp

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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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See you next week with more trini recipes.

Ah gone! :-)

P.S. If you liked my pepper shrimp recipe why not leave a comment below.


  1. Maria says

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

  2. Sauda says

    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

  3. Joanna says

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

  4. Lenny says

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

  5. Geneva henderson says

    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.

  6. says

    As a trini living in Canada. I LOVE your recipes and keep coming back to your site especially for the pepper shrimp recipe! Excellence in cooking! Keep it up!

  7. Gary Rampersad says

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

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