west african shrimp on gray plate with sauce by fork in the kitchen

West African Spicy Peanut Shrimp

  • Author: Becca | Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (plus 30 minutes marinate)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x


Make this quick and easy recipe as a dinner for 2 or a bite-sized appetizer for a party! Spicy, and full of flavor inspired by West African Peanut Stew, these shrimp will disappear quickly!



  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP freshly grated ginger (1-inch piece)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or oil of choice)
  • 3/41 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Green onions, white and light green parts sliced, for garnish
  • Additional lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Whisk together peanut butter, spices, garlic, ginger, and lime juice. Slowly whisk in oil until combined. Stir in shrimp to coat, and let marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat and grease with a light layer of oil. Place shrimp in the heated pan, side down, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until pink and translucent. Be sure to not crowd the pan, I usually do two batches.
  3. Serve alongside rice or by itself. Garnish with cilantro, green onion slices, or lime juice as desired.


I use creamy peanut butter for a smoother texture, but chunky would work if it’s what you have!

If you want more of the sauce to dip in once the shrimp are cooked, either double or make 1 1/2 the amount of the marinade!

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: African

Keywords: Ghanaian, west african, spicy, easy

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