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Skewers of jerk shrimp and pineapple, topped with parsley.

Jerk Shrimp Kabobs

These jerk shrimp kabobs are skewers of shrimp, pineapple and peppers, all coated in homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning, then grilled to perfection. A quick dinner option that's full of flavor.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 248kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the jerk seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper more or less to taste, this is spicy!

For the shrimp kabobs

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed if desired
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • For the jerk seasoning: combine all the spices. Store in a jar or resealable bag for later use.
  • Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium high.
  • Thread the shrimp, pineapple and red pepper onto skewers.
  • Brush the skewers with olive oil and sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of jerk seasoning over the skewers - be sure to season both sides.
  • Place on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
  • Broiler instructions: Place the skewers on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray. Broil for 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through.


  1. The jerk seasoning makes about 1/3 cup so you will have some left over. Store it in a cool dark place for up to 6 months and sprinkle over meats, vegetables and fish.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1790IU | Vitamin C: 70.5mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 4.2mg