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Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Shrimp Veracruzana

Shrimp Veracruzana

On our most recent trip to the beach,do you know what i most looked forward to?

No,its not sand castles ,beach,waves and body surfing unfortunately,though all of them were certainly lots of fun.I most looked forward to delicious seafood dinner every night with family.And did we eat our heartsful or what..

There is famous joint called ‘Cap n Roy’ which was highly recommended by  friends.We had never eaten  there before,so it was time for us to check that place out.And so we did one of the night.Not sure what is the specialty of that place, i am guessing fish tacos because i noticed lot of people ordering it that time.But i wanted to try something spicy and something with rice.Can’t keep my  Indian saturated palate away from rice for long.

I noticed a dish called “Shrimp Veracruzana“.I knew it is a spicy dish of onion,jalapeno and tomato named after a place called ‘Veracruz’,where it is originated i guess.I had it last time at  our vacation in California couple of years ago,in the place called ‘Santa Barbara’.I remembered the taste still.I was warned by the hostess that it is ‘indeed very spicy’.So my plate came,it looked as i expected with rice and side of refried beans(which i left)and shrimp in the sauce of onion, tomatoes,jalapeno topped with green olives.It was spicy but not tongue burning spicy ,for me anyway.

Shrimp Veracruzana

Shrimp Veracruzana

So,for a change from our regular chicken,i decided to make it for our family.My husband is huge on shrimp.I toned down the spices.

  • I did not add jalapeno.I know it is the highlight of the dish,ii added chili flakes to our taste instead.
  • Since my dish was presented with side of beans and i didn’t care for it,i decided to make black bean rice instead.It worked great for us.
  • I garnished the dish with olives,which my husband is not a fan of though i don’t particularly hate it. Anyway,I was trying to keep the visual.We loved the dish.

Shrimp Veracruzana


  1. 15-20 medium devined Shrimp
  2. 1 medium onion sliced
  3. 1/2 green bell pepper sliced
  4. 2 medium tomatos chopped
  5. 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  6. 1/2-3/4 cup of water(consistency you desire)
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
  8. 1 tablespoon Oil
  9. Pimento stuffed green olives for garnish
  10. Spices
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  13. Chili flakes( to taste)
  14. paprika


  1. In a pan,heat oil.
  2. Add onion,once onion is slightly translucent add bell pepper.
  3. Add garlic and spices.Stir it for 1 min then and tomatoes.
  4. Season it with salt and pepper.
  5. Add water and cook it until it is all well mixed and cooked.
  6. Add shrimp.Cook it until it turns red.3-4 minutes.
  7. Garnish with olives.
  8. Serve it with rice.

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