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    Shrimp Rice

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr

    WiGal's Note:

    A South American recipe from "Arroz con camarones or shrimp rice is a classic Ecuadorian and South American dish from the coastal areas consisting of rice cooked in a shrimp broth and mixed with shrimp, sautéed onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, achiote and parsley." Notice that you leave the shells on the shrimp for first three steps. I did increase the water needed to cook the rice as suggested by first reviewer.

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    1. 1
      Marinate the shrimp with salt, pepper, 1 tsp of cumin, and the crushed garlic, let rest for an hour.
    2. 2
      Bring water to boil in a large pot, add the shrimp and boil for about 2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove the shrimp from the water and reserve 3 ½ cups of the water they cooked in to prepare the rice (add more water if needed).
    4. 4
      Remove the shells and tails from the shrimp; leave the tails on a few of the shrimp that will be used as a garnish.
    5. 5
      Chop the shrimp that are not being used for the garnish.
    6. 6
      Heat the oil in a large saucepan or pot, add the minced garlic, cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
    7. 7
      Add the rice to the garlic and oil, mix well until the rice is coated with oil.
    8. 8
      Add the 2 ½ cups of water that was used to boil the shrimp.
    9. 9
      Bring to boil and reduce heat to low.
    10. 10
      In the meantime, melt the butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan; add the onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, ground achiote, salt, pepper, and remaining 1 tsp of cumin.
    11. 11
      Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
    12. 12
      Add the white wine to the vegetable mix and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, until the onions and peppers are tender.
    13. 13
      Mix in the sautéed vegetables and chopped shrimp with the rice, which should still be cooking, and cook on low heat until the rice is tender.
    14. 14
      Add the remaining shrimp during the last minutes and mix well.
    15. 15
      Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
    16. 16
      Sprinkle with chopped parsley and garnish with shrimp with tails on.
    17. 17
      Serve with avocado slices, tomato and onion curtido salad, lime slices, and of course some good aji or hot sauce.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 11, 2008


      This has great flavor, but I think the liquid measurements are way off. That's an easy fix though. Other than that, family really liked the flavor of the dish. It would have been a five star if there was enough liquid to cook rice thoroughly.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shrimp Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (333 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 797.1
    Calories from Fat 185
    Total Fat 20.6 g
    Saturated Fat 6.9 g
    Cholesterol 368.5 mg
    Sodium 409.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 89.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 54.4 g

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