Moroccan Spicy Shrimp

Moroccan shrimp

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
410 Calories
21g Fat
20g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 302mg 101%
Sodium 913mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 39g
Calcium 237mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This shrimp recipe is very quick and very easy. It's great to make on weeknights because it takes less than 15 minutes to make. What makes this dish Moroccan is the fact that you cook the spices in olive oil for a minute or two to bring up the aroma, then you flash-cook the shrimp in the spicy oil. Serve with simple steamed rice and a salad for an easy meal. This recipe serves 2 to 3 as a main course, 4 to 5 as a starter.


  • 1 lb. shrimp (large, peeled, deveined)
  • 3 cloves  garlic (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (less if you want it milder)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Salt the shrimp well and set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the garlic. Turn the heat down to medium and sauté the garlic for 1 to 3 minutes, don't let it burn.

  3. Add all the ground spices and stir well to combine. Cook this, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

  4. Turn the heat up to high and add the shrimp. Stir to combine and cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp turn pink. This shouldn't take more than 4 to 5 minutes.

  5. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and toss to combine. Serve at once.