|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 13g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||64%|
|*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.|
Shrimp Mozambique (camarão a Moçambique) is a dish served in this East African country that is made with very spicy peppers and shrimp with the shells on—keeping them on adds flavor. You can serve it as an appetizer, or as an entrée over rice.
There are many different versions of this dish, but this one uses hot Spanish paprika, which adds a special flavor. A bit of heat is required in order to make this dish what it is, but you can customize the spice level to your liking. As written, this shrimp Mozambique recipe is on the moderate to low end of the heat. To make it spicier, increase the amount of chopped pepper, or sprinkle it with a good hot sauce at the table.
In Portugal, the pepper that is used is the little red piri-piri, which is imported from Africa. It's hard to find that in the United States unless you are lucky enough to live near a Portuguese community. You can buy it as a sauce or powdered spice, and sometimes you can get the dried pods. You can substitute it with a habanero chili or a New Mexican pequin, if those are more accessible to you.
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot Spanish paprika
2 teaspoons chopped piri-piri, or other hot pepper
1 pinch saffron threads
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup white wine
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan, such as a large cast-iron frying pan, until it begins to shimmer. Add the chopped onions and cook them over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they have changed color, around 10 minutes.
While the onions cook, mix the minced garlic, paprika, hot chopped pepper, saffron, and salt together in a small bowl.
Add the contents of the bowl to the onions and continue to cook them for about 2 minutes at medium heat. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes or so, until the wine has reduced a bit.
Add the shrimp to the pan and cook gently, covered, until the shrimp have just turned pink (about 5 minutes). Do not overcook them.
Stir in the parsley and the lemon juice and serve.
Serve with toothpicks or small forks, if you are having the shrimp as an appetizer. This dish is also great served over rice, to help balance out the heat, as a main dish. In either case, don't forget to have some good, crusty bread on hand to soak up the delicious sauce.
How to Store Shrimp Mozambique
This recipe will keep for 2 to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat, adding a little liquid if needed, over a medium-low heat to avoid overcooking the shrimp. Cooked shrimp doesn't tend to freeze and reheat well, as the texture suffers.
When cooking with hot peppers, it's advisable to take a few precautions because the oils in peppers can burn if they come into contact with skin, eyes, or nose.
- Wear disposable gloves while cutting them; throw the gloves out after you're finished.
- Don't touch your eyes, skin, or nose with the gloved hand.
- If you have cut hot peppers without gloves, wait a while before taking out or inserting contact lenses.