Caribbean fried shrimp with garlic is an exotic alternative to the usual prepared shrimp. It is so fabulously delicious that you feel like you are basking in the sun on the islands.

This dish is filled with succulent shrimp fried in extra virgin olive oil and caramelized garlic. It is simple, basic and sublime. However, you can add a variety of extras to suit your tastes. For instance, fresh rosemary and thyme with a splash of lime are a favorite addition to Caribbean fried shrimp. And for the sweeter side, pineapple and onions pair well with shrimp. On the other hand, the customary basic fried shrimp with garlic is absolutely tantalizing by itself.


  • 6 Minutes


  • 9 Minutes


  • Serves 2


  • 12-18 raw unpeeled shrimp, medium sized (tiger shrimp is perfect for frying)
  • 6 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Rinse the shrimp in cold water. Allow the shrimp to drain in a colander.
  • Press the garlic cloves with the blade of a knife to release the flavors when frying the garlic.
  • In a large saucepan, fry the garlic for about 5 minutes on low heat in the olive oil. The olive oil will capture the garlic flavor. Turn the garlic cloves and set aside.
  • Increase heat to maximum level. Place the shrimp in the saucepan spreading them evenly over the bottom. Make sure that all the shrimp make contact with the bottom of the saucepan. Fry the shrimp until their color changes to an opaque pink on the bottom side, about 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp over and repeat. The shrimp are done when you feel resistance after pressing on them.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes & Tips:

  • Fried shrimp goes well with fresh garlic cloves sprinkled over the top and the flavored garlic oil. Serve with fresh bread, green salad, a pasta dish or risotto.
  • Never overcook the shrimp because they will be very dry and hard to peel. Raw shrimp is not good either since you risk food poisoning.
  • If you are adding rosemary or thyme to the recipe, add the spices when you cook the garlic so that the olive oil captures the full flavor.

Best Cookware to Use:

  • A Colander Bowl
  • A Large Saucepan