Sweet & Spicy Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Ackee Fried Rice.

Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

This Jerk Shrimp Ackee Fried Rice represents the very essence of the Jamaican food culture. The Fried rice beams with tropical Jamaican flavors. The sweetness of the pineapples, the spiciness of the jerk shrimp, and the textures of the vegetables create the perfect marriage between the ingredients to birth this finger-licking meal.

This dish is inspired by the Jamaican Athletes who made Jamaica super proud with the many medals won at the  2021 Olympics In Tokyo.  They represented our little island with great sportsmanship, resilience, and pride. In addition, I want to say Happy 59th Independence Day Jamaica.

I hope this one-pot fried rice meal reflects the Jamaican food culture. Let me know what you think. Leave a comment and a star rating below.

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Jamaican Jerk Shrimp & Ackee Fried Rice

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Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Fresh Pinapple

Soy Sauce

Badia Complete Seasoning



Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Frozen Vegetables

sweet pepper orange

Orange Sweet Pepper

Jerk Seasoning

Parboil Rice

olive oil

Cooking Oil


Roasted Garlic Powder

Black Pepper



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Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Sweet and Spicy Jamaica Jerk Shrimp Ackee Fried Rice Recipe.

Kevin Foodie
This Jerk Shrimp Fried Rice is sweet, spicy, and will have your taste buds dancing the bachata. The sweetness of the pineapple, the spiciness of the jerk shrimp paired with the vibrant colors/textures of the vegetables are all signature flavors of the Jamaican food culture.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 6 People


  • 1 Wok
  • 2 Sauce Pans
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 2 Wooded Spoons
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Knife


Fried Rice

  • 2.5 cups Parboil Long Grain Rice
  • 2 cups Okra, Sliced
  • 4 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 cups Yellow Onion, Roughly Chopped
  • 1.5 cups Corn, Sweet Peas, Carrots, Frozen
  • ½ cup Orange Sweet Pepper, Diced
  • 2.5 cups Ackee
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Fresh Pineapple, Cubed
  • 4 cups Water

Jerk Shrimp

  • 16 oz. Shrimp, Peeled, Deveined, Tail on
  • 2.5 tbsp. Hot and Spicy Jerk Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Badia Complete Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp. Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp. Salt


Let's Cook The Rice First.

  • In a saucepan, add the 2.5 cups parboil rice, 1 tsp salt with 4 cups tap water; bring to boil over medium heat with lid cover.
  • Allow rice to cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated.
  • Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature. Leftover rice is also perfect for this recipe. Moreover, any type of rice can be used to prepared the fried rice. In this recipe, I called for parboiled rice, but basmati or enriched long grain rice may also be your choice of rice.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Season The Shrimp

  • In a bowl, wash shrimp in water and 3 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice (optional) and drain.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • Season your shrimp with salt, pepper, garlic powder, complete seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.
    Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Seasoning comes in both mild and hot flavors. In my recipe, I used hot jerk seasoning because I love a lot of heat. If you are not accustomed to eating spicy and hot food, then you may want to option for the mild flavor and reduce the amount that this recipe calls.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • Mix together all ingredients using a metal spoon. Allow shrimp to marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Let's Prepare The Ackee

  • The ackee in this fried rice recipe was freshly picked in Jamaica and later frozen. However, in the US, ackee is sold in the can and can be found in many local supermarkets and grocery stores
    If you do not have access to fresh ackee for your fried rice, I have included an Amazon link in my blog where you can purchase the canned ackee.
    Jamaican Ackee
  • In another saucepan, cook the 2.5 cups ackee in 2 cups of water and 1 tsp salt for 3-5 minutes or until soft to touch. You do not want to overcook the ackee, because they will be further cooked later during the fried rice cooking process.
    If you are using canned ackee, strain 1 can of ackee to remove the brine liquid; set aside.
  • After ackee is cooked, strain, add to a bowl and set aside.

The Jamaican Shrimp Fried Rice

  • In a Wok, heat ¼ cup canola/olive oil over low flame. To the heated oil, add seasoned shrimp and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes.
    jerked shrimp
  • To the shrimp, add the okra and constantly stir using a wooden spoon. As the okra cook, they may begin to slime. This is a normal part of the cooking process.
    If you do not like okra with the slim, you can add this ingredient last for a crunchier texture.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • Add chop onions to the okra mix and allow to cook for another 1 minute while occasionally stirring to prevent sticking and burning.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • To the onion and okra shrimp, add the thawed frozen sweet corn, peas, carrots; and diced sweet pepper. Continue to stir and cook over medium flame.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • Add 4 cups of the cooked parboiled rice to the shrimp mixture. Mix until rice ingredients are evenly distributed. You can now pour the soy sauce and continue stirring.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice
  • Ackee is Jamaica's national fruit. It is buttery with a distinct taste and resembles scrambled eggs.
    This is when you add the ackee to the mix. This is optional, but I added a dash of garlic powder and black pepper to the ackee for more flavor before I mix it with the other ingredients.
    Jamaican jerk shrimp ackee fried rice
  • After ackee is mixed in with other ingredients, lower flame, add the freshly cubed pineapples, and continue stirring for another 1 minute.
  • Remove from flame and your Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Fried Rice is ready to be served. Can be portioned for 6 -7 people. I served mine in a pineapple bowl, just to be fancy, But a regular bowl works just as well.
Keyword Fried Rice, Jamaican food, Jerk Seasoning, Jerk Shrimp, One-pot Meal, Shrimp Fried Rice

Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Ackee Fried Rice

Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

You are also gonna love this delicious Jamaican Ackee and Codfish Pizza. Ackee is Jamaica’s national fruit. Click on the picture or name above to check out my blog post to learn more about this fruit.




Sweet and Spicy Jamaican Shrimp Fried Rice.

Jamaican jerk shrimp fried rice

Thanks for dropping by. I would love to know what you think. Leave a comment and star rating.

44 thoughts on “Sweet & Spicy Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Ackee Fried Rice.”

  1. 5 stars
    I love anything fried rice and this recipe is also similar to a thai fried rice version so nice and yes jamaican athletes did great in the olympics!

    1. You are right, it kinda similar to the thai fried rice. On my instagram i posted a pic of Thai fried rice i oedered at the Lemon Grass Thai restaurant in Brooklyn. Minus the okra and jerk seasoning, thai fried rice include tomatoes and cashews.

  2. 5 stars
    Shrimp holds a soft spot in my heart and this was so delicious! I love the sweet and spicy flavors, I think that is one of my favorite flavor profiles. Will be making this again for sure! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    The presentation of the fried rice within the pineapple is top notch. Would it be difficult to exchange the shrimp for a different protein like chicken? Shellfish allergies are the devil.

    1. Thank you for dropping by. I a glad you like it. If you are allergic to shrimp or seafood, you can definitely use other meats. I have used beef, chicken, and pork; it came out great.

  4. What a brilliant recipe and I love your post. So informative. Have you used, Cookpad app! You can use it to upload your recipes and I think they have a Facebook group too! I learned something new from this post about the use of Okra, I am Nigerian and I have only ever had it stewed. Thank you for this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    We love Jamaican cuisine! This dish looks absolutely phenomenal, and beautifully plated. We were planning on jerk chicken this weekend, but I think we will be adding this to the menu too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    Now, that looks really scrumptious. I also love that it has Okra in it. It’s my most favorite veggie 🙂 Serving this meal in a pineapple bowl makes it look even more appetizing.. yum
    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    That looks gorgeous. I’m a big fan of Jamaica (I go almost every year) and of Jamaican food. I’m going to give it a try very soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mark, we say once you try Jamaica, you are Jamaican for life. I am happy you enjoy your yearly visit to Jamaica. Hope someday you will get to enjoy this Sweet and Spicy Jerk Shrimp Fried Rice.

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