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Pickapeppa Sauce Shrimp

Pickapeppa Sauce is proably in your fridge, and if not it should be. Whether serving it over cream cheese, or making this simple Jamaican shrimp recipe, you will always have a great recipe that is a crowd pleaser!

During my informative years to the best of my knowledge, Kankakee, Illinois did not have bottles of Pickapeppa sauce available at the grocery.

They certainly didn’t at Weiner’s Superette.

Kankakee did not have parties where Pickapeppa sauce was dripped over blocks of cream cheese and served with crackers.

The refrigerators in Kankakee did not contain bottles of Pickapeppa sauce lurking in their innermost recesses.

I venture a guess that the closest thing that Kankakee had to a pepper sauce was Tabasco, and that is about as close as it got.

They had Lipton’s French onion soup mix, available to blend with sour cream to create your own dip.

They had plastic tubs of beer cheese. And they had little weenies one could dip in bbq sauce. They had Ruffles with ridges.

They did not have salsa and chips. They had cheese balls and meat balls and ham balls. But they did not have Pickapeppa sauce.

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It was just a few posts ago that we ventured into the wilds of Jamaica and now we are going back, oh so quickly.

It is not from Jamaica that I received my first bottle of Pickapeppa sauce.

I believe the first bottle I received came from my mother in law who shared with me the Southern hostess’s secret of pouring Pickapeppa sauce over cream cheese to create an appetizer.

This wasn’t really a secret to me as I never knew the stuff existed. Being sworn into the sorority involved knowing this little tip.

Have guests surprising you? Get out the bottle. Nothing in the house? Well, everyone has a bottle of this in the fridge. And everyone has crackers, even if they are stale!

So after pulling out all of my dibs and dabs of stuff to find the hot sauce required to make patties, I discovered the Pickapeppa sauce calling out to me.

Use me. Use ME! I’m dying. I’m DYING! Even though Pickapeppa sauce never dies. It lurks. I told you that already. So to make a long story short…

I found this recipe in my Jamaica book, mon. It is quick and simple and uses a lot of Pickapeppa sauce. Some nights we all need something simple and this will do ya!

Pickapeppa sauce shrimp

Now a bit of trivia. Pickapeppa sauce was invented by a 16 year old boy in Jamaica in 1921. He created Pickapeppa sauce in his mom’s kitchen.

If you’ve never had it, this sauce is a sweetish, thick tomato sauce containing onions, vinegar, mangoes, raisins, tamarinds and pepper.

The famous parrot logo was designed by a relative. It is aged one year in oak casks and is sold in 41 countries around the world.

I just never found it in Kankakee, Illinois. Go figure.

My point is this; when you are out of cream cheese to make the above appetizer, you can surprise your guests with this.

I served the shrimp over rice flavored with thyme and coconut for our dinner, but these Pickappepa shrimp would also be great speared with toothpicks and shoveled into your pie hole!

Pickapeppa Sauce Shrimp

Other Great Shrimp Dishes:

Shrimp and Grits

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Pickapeppa sauce shrimp

Pickapeppa Shrimp or 1 More Use for Pickapeppa Sauce

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes*
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Jamaican


This super simple, super tasty shrimp with Pickapeppa sauce coud be dinner tonight. You will love it!


Units Scale

1 lb large to jumbo shrimp (I shelled and deveined them but it isn’t necessary.)

1/4 c olive oil

3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 T coarsely ground black pepper

1/2 t coarse salt

3/4 t dried rosemary

1/2 bottle Pickapeppa Sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 c room temperature beer, Red Stripe to be authentic!

2 T butter


Place shrimp in a 9×12 ovenproof glass dish.

Mix olive oil, garlic, pepper, salt and rosemary with Pickapeppa sauce and lemon juice. Marinate shrimp for abut 2 hours at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350.

Pour beer over shrimp in dish. Dot with about 2 T of butter.

Bake for 10 minutes, turning them if necessary.

You can use the sauce over rice or sop it up with bread. You know you want too!


*Does not include time to marinate.

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Wednesday 25th of January 2023

The red hot pickapeppa sauce is the best. It's generally very hard to find in stock.


Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Thanks for the tip Mike. I will have to look for it-but I don't think I've seen it-like you said!

Nippon Nin

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

Very nice photos! I have never seen pickapeppa but sounds great!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Sunday 15th of March 2015

Get out! I was holding my bottle of pickapeppa the other day and said to myself, "put it on shrimp". But I've not done so yet and voila, here you are. I'm a big fan and always keep a bottle in the fridge. Thanks for this recipe.

Daniela Grimburg

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

After reading your backstage story of Pickapeppa sauce and being myself a Pickapeppa virgin, I must try it once in a lifetime. And combined with shrimps, even better.You made me so curious, Abbe. It's definitely on my bucket list. Cheers.

Rebecca Subbiah

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

looks great love Jamaican food and its great that we can now get foods from around the world