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Adding Caribbean spice to your Florida seafood

Caribbean food isn’t hard to find in Florida, especially when it comes to seafood. For example, Rumba’s Island Bar & Grill and Frenchy’s in Clearwater, FL offer jerk fish, jerk chicken, and coconut shrimp.  Adding Caribbean flavors to your seafood at home is as simple as having a good jerk seasoning and a good mango salsa.  I recommend Coastal Living’s jerk seasoning and Sunset Salsa‘s Mango Tango salsa (manufactured in Tampa, FL and sold at Fresh Markets and Whole Foods Markets in Florida).

I ventured into Caribbean cooking this evening with a pound of fresh Florida shrimp, one Florida avocado, a tub of Sunset Salsa’s Mango Tango salsa, and a Coastal Living recipe for Jerk Shrimp with Grilled Onion, Avocado, and Mango Salsa for inspiration.

First, I peeled my shrimp (1 lb.), tossed them in a bowl with about 2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp. jerk seasoning, and spread them onto a baking sheet sprayed with Pam.  I then spooned 1 cup of mango salsa combined with 1/2 cup roughly-chopped red onion over the shrimp and roasted in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.


While the shrimp was baking in the oven, I chopped up 1/2 the avocado, coated the pieces in lime juice (from 1/4 lime), and lightly salted them.

Serve the shrimp on a bed of avocado pieces/mash.  Garnish with any extra salsa.  Suggested sides: beans and rice, tropical fruit, salad.




Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

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