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    Portuguese (Acorean) Shrimp

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    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    canadianfoodie's Note:

    A classic "snack" enjoyed by my husband's family while playing cards a few hours after a meal.

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    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine (or more if you like)
    • 2 tablespoons hot ground pepper, paste (Pimenta)
    • 1 tablespoon red pepper paste
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 8 ounces beer (preferably a lager or 3/4 cup white wine)
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 -2 cup water
    • 1 lb shrimp, 18/20 size peel on (I prefer zipperback headless shrimp, although my husband prefers the traditional head on shrimp)


    1. 1
      Place saucepan on burner at med. high heat, add olive oil and onions, saute until translucent (about 4-5 min.).
    2. 2
      Add garlic, pimenta and tomato paste stir until blended. You may have to thin this mixture out a little bit with some of the beer/wine.
    3. 3
      Add 1/2 of the parsley.
    4. 4
      Add shrimp, stir and saute for 2-3 minutes coating the shrimp with the tomato/pimenta mixture.
    5. 5
      Add remaining beer/wine and add water, just enough to cover.
    6. 6
      Cook on med. heat for approximately 10 minutes or until the shells are easily peeled from the shrimp. (note: I have been known to leave this on my stove for an hour or more. As long as there is still juice covering the shrimp they are okay. For some unknown reason you can't seem to over cook them).
    7. 7
      Use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp from the cooking liquid and serve with remainder of parsley sprinkle over.
    8. 8
      Hint reserve the cooking liquid. It can be used: (a) to store leftover shrimp, if any, to reheat; (b) to cook white rice in (wonderful flavour); or (c) to dip crusty fresh bread into.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 02, 2011


      This recipe is very similar to my late mother's shrimp. I did add some chopped tomatoes as well. The sauce is great for dipping.

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    • on November 16, 2008


      I really enjoyed this. It was quick, easy, and did not require a lot of cleanup. I added 1 can of diced tomatoes while the shrimp simmered (and because of the tomatoes, I added an extra TBSP of hot pepper paste) and I served it over yellow rice. It reminds us of an Italian dish I make called Shrimp Fra Diavolo (served w/ spaghetti). My hubby requests that I serve it over pasta next time, so I will.

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    • on October 19, 2008


      This was to die for. I made it last night as an appetizer and it should have been the main course. I loved it and so did my whole family. The sauce is great for dipping bread or what have you and the shrimp were so tender and juicy. This is a winner!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Portuguese (Acorean) Shrimp

    Serving Size: 1 (188 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 227.3
    Calories from Fat 73
    Total Fat 8.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 220.8 mg
    Sodium 324.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 2.2 g
    Protein 25.1 g

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    red pepper paste

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