Shrimp, Pineapple, and Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
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Serves: 1 serving
Shrimp, Pineapple, and Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet Recipe Type : Lunch, Dinner Author: Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 1 serving Sweet, spicy, and healthy (enough). Cast iron cooking adds char and flavor.
  • ½ lb raw shrimp
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • a few bite-sized pieces of fresh pineapple
  • red pepper flakes (pinch)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (not cayenne) (optional)
  • 1 strip of thick-cut bacon
  • ½ small to medium red onion
  1. Remove shells, heads, and tails from shrimp (if any), and marinate in a container with a little extra virgin olive oil, diced pineapple, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and chili powder if using. Stir to coat. This can be done a few minutes before cooking, or longer to help with prep, if needed.
  2. When ready to cook, dice the bacon and place it in the cast iron pan, spreading it out in a single layer. Note: Although usually adding ingredients to a hot pan is best, for bacon, the pan should be room temperature so the fat renders at the right pace. If the pan is too hot, the bacon will cook too quickly and stay fatty.
  3. Heat the pan (including bacon) over medium-high to high heat. Don't stir until it the sizzle is constant, and the bacon starts to curl.
  4. As the bacon cooks, slice the red onion.
  5. The bacon will curl as it cooks, and render fat that you will use to cook the rest of the ingredients in. Stir to flip the small curled pieces, and add the red onion. Stir together and continue to cook. Wait to add the shrimp until the onion has started to brighten and soften. If you add too much liquid (from the shrimp and pineapple) too soon, the flavors will not develop as brightly.
  6. Add the shrimp, pineapple, and red pepper flakes. Ensure everything is in a single layer, and cook - without stirring - until the shrimp is almost all light peach. Flip the shrimp, scrape the bottom of the pan, and stir everything to cook the other side. Cook until the shrimp is bright peach and curled, and the onion is softened.
This recipe is written for one person/one serving. Just multiply as needed for a larger group.
Recipe by My Utensil Crock at