5 Deliciously Spicy Recipes with Scotch Bonnet Peppers

5 Deliciously Spicy Recipes with Scotch Bonnet Peppers

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If you're a fan of bold and fiery flavors, then Scotch Bonnet peppers are a must-try ingredient in your kitchen. These small, vibrant peppers are known for their intense heat and fruity taste, making them a popular choice in many spicy dishes. 

In this article, we present five delicious recipes that showcase the tantalizing flavors of Scotch Bonnet peppers.  

Spicy Scotch Bonnet Salsa

Experience a burst of heat and fruity flavors with this zesty salsa. Scotch Bonnet peppers take the spotlight alongside tomatoes, red onion, and garlic, creating a perfect accompaniment for tortilla chips or grilled meats.


  • 4 Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeds, and stems removed
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine the Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Allow the flavors to meld together for at least an hour.
  6. As a condiment for grilled meats or with tortilla chips.

Spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Serve the jerk chicken with traditional sides like rice and peas, fried plantains, or a fresh salad for a complete Jamaican feast to impress your guests.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeds, and stems removed
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the Scotch Bonnet peppers, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, thyme leaves, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish and rub the jerk paste all over them.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to marinate.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes on each side.
  7. Serve with rice and beans or a fresh salad.

Spicy Caribbean Shrimp Curry

Indulge in a compelling blend of succulent shrimp, fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers, and aromatic spices in this Caribbean-inspired curry.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeds, and stems removed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the Scotch Bonnet peppers, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  2. Over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until they turn pink, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the curry mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Return the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  6. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve over steamed rice.

Spicy Mango and Scotch Bonnet Salad

Make your salad game stand out with this refreshing combination of sweet mango, fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers, and a zingy lime dressing.


  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and diced
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper, seeds and stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine the diced mangos, chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper, red onion, lime juice, mint leaves, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Toss gently to combine.
  3. Before serving, let the flavors meld for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Use as a side dish or topping for grilled fish or chicken.

Spicy Scotch Bonnet Chocolate Truffles

Indulge in the perfect harmony of rich dark chocolate and the fiery kick of Scotch Bonnet peppers as these luscious truffles offer a unique and unforgettable blend of sweet and spicy sensations, leaving you craving more.


  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeds, and stems removed
  • Cocoa powder or shredded coconut for rolling


  1. Place the chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until it simmers.
  3. Steep the Scotch Bonnet peppers in the cream for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the peppers from the cream and discard them.
  5. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute to melt.
  6. Melt and smooth the chocolate completely.
  7. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 2 hours or until firm.
  8. Once firm, use a spoon or a small scoop to portion the truffle mixture.
  9. Roll each portion into balls, then in cocoa powder or shredded coconut.
  10. Place the truffles in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.


These five recipes demonstrate the versatility of Scotch Bonnet peppers in creating mouthwatering dishes. Whether you're a fan of tangy salsas, aromatic curries, or indulgent chocolate truffles, these recipes will ignite your taste buds with their tantalizing spice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Scotch Bonnet peppers hotter than other chili peppers?

Scotch Bonnet peppers are known for their intense heat and are considered hotter than many other chili peppers.

Can I adjust the heat level when using Scotch Bonnet peppers in recipes?

Absolutely! You can control the heat level by adjusting the quantity of Scotch Bonnet peppers used in your recipe.

Where can I find Scotch Bonnet peppers? 

Scotch Bonnet peppers are commonly found in Caribbean and international grocery stores or specialty markets. They may also be available at farmers' markets or online.


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