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Camarones a la Criolla

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Camarones a la Criolla or Shrimp stewed is a favorite dish in Puerto Rican and many Latin countries, it's full of flavor you serve over rice.

What is camarones a la criolla?

Camarones a la criolla is a shrimp stew. There are lots of wonderful spices used to make this a flavorful dish that you’ll want to add to your weekly menu.

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What do you serve with camarones a la criolla?

This shrimp stew is delightful served over rice, but you could also serve it over pasta if you prefer. Mashed plantains can also be served on the side to help round out the meal.

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Is camarones a la criolla spicy?

If you mean hot, no. The dish does have lots of ingredients that add delicious flavor. It’s extremely flavorful but is not a hot spicy dish.

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What are the ingredients to make camarones a la criolla?

To makes this shrimp stew recipe you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Shrimp
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper
  • Sweet chili pepper
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Fish stock
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper
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How to make camarones a la criolla

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make this flavorful shrimp stew. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

The first step is to saute the shrimp in the olive oil for roughly 2 minutes per side. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside.

Add the onion to the pot you used to cook the shrimp and saute until translucent. Next add the garlic, red pepper, and the sweet chili pepper (if you want to use it). Continue sautéing for an additional 5 minutes.

Next, add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the fish stock and seasonings. Simmer until the sauce reduces.

Once reduced, add the shrimp back to the sauce and cook for around 3 minutes.

Serve over rice or pasta and top with fresh cilantro.

Your camarones a la criolla is ready to serve!

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Camarones a la Criolla Recipe

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Camarones a la Criolla Recipe

Camarones a la Criolla Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delicious and oh so flavorful Camarones a la Criolla or stewed Shrimp made with red peppers, chili peppers, and more.


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Pound shrimp
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Red pepper, chopped
  • 1 Sweet chili pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fish stock
  • 1/4 Tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the shrimp for around 2 minutes per side. Until slightly golden and done. Transfer to a plated and set aside.
  2. Add the onion to the same pan and cook until translucent, add the garlic, red pepper and the sweet chili pepper if using it. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Pour the fish stock, cumin and salt and pepper and bring it to a simmer until reduced.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring constantly for around 3 more minutes.
  5. Serve topped with chopped cilantro.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 835mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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