12 Flavorful Tropical Dishes

Turn up the heat with sweet and spicy island fare.

Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict recipe

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Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a breakfast indulgence, but this version is so delicious you’ll make it any day. Make the crab cakes the evening before for quick work the next day. The hollandaise needs to be made just before serving, but it’s easy and takes less than 15 minutes.

Recipe:  Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict

Caribbean-spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa recipe

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Caribbean-spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Don’t let the ingredient list fool you―this recipe is quick and full of flavor. The cool pineapple salsa blends well with the hot cooked shrimp. Try the shrimp and pineapple, topped with slices of a mild cheese, on toasted rolls for a jazzy sandwich.

Recipe:  Caribbean-spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ Sauce recipe

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Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ Sauce

The sweet-and-sour sauce tastes great on fish or white meat―try it with chicken or pork. If you can’t find guava nectar or jelly in your store, substitute apricot.

Recipe:  Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ Sauce

Tropical Fruit, Avocado, and Grilled Shrimp Salad recipe

Tropical Fruit, Avocado, and Grilled Shrimp Salad

We couldn’t stop eating this delicious blend of seafood and fruit. The interesting technique of salting the onions really does make a difference―they become mild enough to not overpower the fruit, but you can still taste their flavor.

Recipe:  Tropical Fruit, Avocado, and Grilled Shrimp Salad

Reprinted with permission from Simply Shrimp (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Copyright 2007.

Jerk Shrimp with Grilled Onion, Avocado, and Mango Salsa recipe

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Jerk Shrimp with Grilled Onion, Avocado, and Mango Salsa

The Jamaican Jerk Rub is spicy, but sweet mango and ripe avocado buffer the heat.

Recipe:  Jerk Shrimp with Grilled Onion, Avocado, and Mango Salsa

Scallop-Papaya Seviche recipe

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Scallop-Papaya Seviche

You’ll want to cut large sea scallops into pieces so they “cook” evenly in the citrus juices. If you prefer traditionally cooked seafood, blanch the scallops in boiling salted water for 1 or 2 minutes, then proceed with recipe.

Recipe:  Scallop-Papaya Seviche

Ultimate Rum Punch recipe

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Ultimate Rum Punch

Make this super-easy, super-flavorful punch your go-to drink at your next grilling party.

Recipe:  Ultimate Rum Punch

Coconut French Toast recipe

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Coconut French Toast

Replacing some of the milk with canned coconut milk is the secret ingredient to making this island-style French toast.

Recipe:  Coconut French Toast

Nut-crusted Yellowtail Snapper with Mango-Butter Sauce recipe

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Nut-crusted Yellowtail Snapper with Mango-Butter Sauce

It’s easy to substitute chicken, the key is using thin cutlets. If you can only find large breasts, slice in half horizontally, then pound to an even thinness.

Recipe:  Nut-crusted Yellowtail Snapper with Mango-Butter Sauce

Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette recipe

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Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette

The key to great grilled scallops is a preheated grill. The grates must be hot when the scallops are placed on them, otherwise the scallops with stick and tear. If you are not a grill pro, you can broil in the oven for similar results.

Recipe:  Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette

Patio Daddy-O Planter’s Punch recipe

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Patio Daddy-O Planter’s Punch

To make this tasty drink special, be sure to garnish it with fresh pineapple wedges, citrus slices and a cherry. Arrange the fruit on a wooden skewer, then cover with clear wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe:  Patio Daddy-O Planter's Punch

Avocado and Pineapple Salad recipe

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Avocado and Pineapple Salad

To keep the avocado looking fresh and green, toss the slices in the salad dressing before placing on top.

Recipe:  Avocado and Pineapple Salad

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