While dried or peppered shrimp are more popular than curry shrimp, there is no comparison when it comes to this prepared shellfish dish. And, in truth, because making this dish is a bit pricey, it is not overly popular.
In addition, curry powder was traditionally associated with goat, chicken, fish and other meats instead of shrimp.
It is also true that lobster falls into the same category, too. Since shell fish and other crustaceans are also restricted edibles on the Rastafari, Seventh - Day Adventist, and Jewish religious fronts, you can see why curry shrimp’s popularity may not favor with some people.
Say that to say this, there are those on the island who care not about religious observations and eat what's available...costly or not.
Another factor, which sums it all up, too, is shrimp is not what one would call an 'every week meal', you know.
So let me be clear.
The curry shrimp you get, let's say in a restaurant or hotel while on vacation or just roaming about, will never have a 'home-cooked' flavor as such. It's very customized and chef-defined, so to speak.
There are just some foods in Jamaica that's just like that.
I must confess, though, that cooking shrimp is not at all that difficult and if you mess up a shrimp dish...try again.
With that said....let's do it, mon.