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Arroz con camarones or Shrimp rice

Arroz con camarones or shrimp rice is a traditional Latin dish made with rice cooked in a shrimp broth and sautéed with shrimp or prawns, onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, achiote and parsley.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ecuadorian, Latin
Keyword Arroz con camarones, Prawns, Rice, Rice with shrimp, Shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs raw shrimp shells on, deveined
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbs oil sunflower, avocado, etc
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 tomatoes peeled and seeded, diced
  • 3 tbs parsley finely chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 1 tsp ground achiote or annatto
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • Salt and pepper


  • Marinate the shrimp with salt, pepper, 1 tsp of cumin, and the crushed garlic.
  • Bring water to boil in a large pot, add the shrimp and boil for about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the shrimp from the water and reserve 2 ½ cups of the water they cooked in to prepare the rice.
  • Remove the shells and tails from the shrimp; leave the tails on a few of the shrimp that will be used as a garnish. Chop about half of the shrimp in half and leave the other half whole.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan or pot, add the minced garlic, cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the rice to the garlic and oil, mix well until the rice is coated with oil.
  • Add the 2 ½ cups of water that was used to boil the shrimp. Bring to boil and reduce heat to low.
  • 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. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the white wine to the vegetable mix and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, until the onions and peppers are tender.
  • 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.
  • Add the remaining shrimp during the last minutes and mix well.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and garnish with shrimp with tails on.
  • Serve with avocado slices, tomato and onion curtido salad, lime slices, and of course some good aji or hot sauce.