Jerk shrimp lettuce wraps with plantains

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Hey Friends, happy hump day.  How was your Halloween?  I am writing this post in advance because I knew I would not get a chance to sit down to write with all the Halloween festivities last night.

When I have had a couple of days of more indulgent eating, I always start to crave something healthy and on the lighter side.  These Jerk shrimp lettuce wraps and plantains make for a perfect healthy meal.  Flavorful, packed full of fruits and veggies, and with a fun little kick from the jerk seasoning.  Bonus, this can easily be a single pan meal.  I usually cook my plantains, then stick them in the microwave or oven to keep warm while I cook my shrimp in the same pan.

Jerk Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Plantains (Serves 2-3)


For plantains:

  • 1 plantain
  • 1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper

For Shrimp Lettuce Wraps:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and tails removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Jerk seasoning
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Butter lettuce
  • Mango salsa*

Directions: Separate lettuce leaves, wash and let dry.  Peel, then slice plantain into about 1/4 inch slices.  Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.  Season plantains with salt and pepper and cook in a single layer.  Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until a light golden brown.  Once cooked, place on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Toss shrimp in jerk seasoning.  Saute in one tablespoon olive oil on medium heat until shrimp are pink, about 5-7 minutes.

To assemble, put a small about of red cabbage in a lettuce leaf, add 2-3 shrimp and top with mango salsa.  I have included a simple recipe for mango salsa below, but feel free to use store-bought to save time.


**Bonus serving idea:  Try sprinkling some crushed peanuts on top.  I did this some leftover wraps and it was delicious!


Mango salsa: 1 mango, 1/4 chopped cilantro, 1/4 bell pepper, juice of half a lemon, juice of half a lime.  Dice mango and bell pepper, combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Chill and serve.

Let me know if you give them a try.





28 thoughts on “Jerk shrimp lettuce wraps with plantains

  1. Love the colors! I love the combo of jerk flavors with plantains. I make a jerk chicken burger with plantains a lot and it is so good! I will have to try this shrimp one for sure

  2. Oh, I just already know I would love this flavor combination! i am all about the sweet and spicy. I visited the Caribbean once and this dish would be in heavy rotation, I know it. I even bought a bottle of jerk seasoning to take home! The best part, as you said, is that it is filled with all kinds of good stuff that is good for you while tasting good also!

  3. These are all my favorite flavors! I’ll have to give it a try. Love that you put it on butter lettuce.

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