Cheesecake Factory's Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp Review
Product Name: Cheesecake Factory's Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp
Offer price: $19.95
Jamaican food is a mix of sweet, savory, and spicy. Rice, beans, and seafood dishes are just a small part of the rainbow of flavors popular in Jamaica and around the Caribbean, where the ingredients are fresh and often locally sourced. Cheesecake Factory has a stellar menu with as many flavor choices as the Islands, and now we can enjoy a part of the Caribbean without the international travel!
History and Inspiration
Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp is inspired by Jamaican cuisine – a blend of flavors, spices, and cooking techniques influenced by African, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, and Middle Eastern people who have inhabited the island. It’s a melting pot of flavors, just like the Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Cheesecake Factory created this delicious dish to highlight these flavors and to expand their Seafood Specialty menu items.
Types of Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp
If seafood isn’t your favorite, you can still enjoy the Caribbean flavors of this dish by substituting the shrimp for chicken. And if you can’t decide between the two, you can even order it with both shrimp and chicken. I love choices.
Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp Review
This dish is made up of sweet and savory flavors that might remind you of a cajun and Caribbean dish mixed and modernized. It comes with Sautéed Shrimp drenched in a spicy Jamaican black pepper sauce. Served with rice, seasoned black beans, fried plantains, and a cool mango-pineapple salsa, it’s a delicious dish that will make you wish you were in the Caribbean yourself.
Taste and Texture [5/5]
The portion of the Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp dish is as generous in portion. The black pepper shrimp is served swimming in a rich black pepper sauce that is flavorful and spicy. It’s not as spicy as you might expect, but combined with the paprika seasonings, the smokey heat makes this a savory, flavorful dish. It’s served with a side of rice and stewed black beans that are both well-prepared and full of Caribbean flavors and seasonings. The fried bananas, which are popular all over the Caribbean and South America, are cooked simply and traditionally – sliced and deep-fried. They offer such an interesting flavor of sweet and savory, an excellent bridge for the sweet mango and pineapple salsa. Each part of this dish is delicious on their own, but together, it’s an explosion of flavor, and quite possibly one of Cheesecake Factory’s best entrees.
Are they healthy? [3.5/5]
This dish has 185 carbs, which can seem pretty steep. It also has over 50% of the daily recommended amount of sodium, and it’s high in saturated fats. Consumed too often, and this meal would seem like an unhealthy option. Luckily, the star of this dish is the sautéed shrimp, which is an excellent source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. I’m going to rate this just a bit higher than average, assuming it’s not a meal to be eaten every day.
Are they Worth it? [5/5]
Even if this dish was based on flavors alone, it deserves five stars. But the portion size and price makes this dish even more worth it. It’s one of my favorite meals at Cheesecake Factory, and because the spice isn’t too “over the top,” you can enjoy it as it is or add some heat to it yourself. I would definitely recommend trying it – it might become one of your favorites too.
I love everything about it – the portion, the Caribbean flavors, the quality of the ingredients, the way each part of this dish is prepared and served, and the price. Can you tell I’m a fan of this dish?
- Calories 1250
- 42%Total Fat 27 g
- Saturated Fat 7 g
- Trans Fat 0 g
- Cholesterol 360 mg
- Sodium 1850 mg
- Carbohydrates 185 g
- Fiber 8 g
- Sugars 58 g
- Protein 66 g
The Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp dish is priced at $19.95, which is a fair price for such a large, filling meal and high-quality shrimp. This is right on par with Cheesecake Factory’s other seafood meals, most of which are also $19.95. The fish dishes are slightly less expensive, but the shrimp size and flavors really make this dish worth it. Plus, if you can’t eat it all in one sitting, you can save it for lunch the next day.
What do you think?
I almost feel like I’m dining in the Caribbean with this dish – but what do you think? Does it taste like an authentic Caribbean meal? Would you add or omit to make it taste more authentic? Let us know in the comments below if you’d change anything about this meal?