Sugar Cane Shrimp with Spiced Rum Glaze

Sugar Cane Shrimp With Spiced Rum Glaze


Sugar Cane Shrimp with Spiced Rum Glaze

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes enough to serve 6 to 8 as an appetizer, 4 as a light entree
  • Method: Direct grilling
  • Equipment: Sugar cane swizzle sticks, cut in half crosswise, split lengthwise if thick, and the ends trimmed at a sharp angle (see Note below), or bamboo skewers


  • 12 jumbo shrimp (2 pounds), peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • A generous splash (1/4 to 1/2 cup) rum, preferably Mount Gay brand
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard or Caribbean-style hot sauce, such as Matouk’s
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 pinch coarse salt (kosher or sea) or more to taste
  • Grilled lime halves, for serving

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Trim the ends of the sugarcane and cut it into skewers. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Skewer the shrimp on the sugarcane by making two “leader” holes in the shrimp, one near the head end, one toward the tail. Insert the sugarcane skewers through these holes.

Step 2: Place the brown sugar, butter, rum, hot sauce or mustard, lime juice, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and salt in a nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the mixture is syrupy, 5 to 8 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as necessary. The recipe can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead to this stage; keep the shrimp in the refrigerator, covered. The glaze can be kept at room temperature.

Step 3: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the shrimp skewers on the hot grate and grill until cooked, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Generously baste each with glaze once before turning and once before removing from the grill. The shrimp will be firm and white when cooked through. Serve any remaining glaze as a sauce on the side. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Tips

Note: Sugarcane swizzle sticks are available at some specialty food stores and from

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