Arepa con Cerdo y Camarones (Arepa with Pork and Shrimp)

by Erica Dinho on April 26, 2010

Arepa con Camarones y Cerdo

My sister Catalina went back to Medellin, Colombia today :-( The house feels really lonely and we miss her already. She stayed with me for a whole month and I got use having her around. We had a great time! We all hope that she can comeback soon.

Now, lets talk about food. There is a restaurant in Colombia that we both love called J&C Delicias. They make arepas with every topping imaginable and one of her favorite arepas is topped with cerdo and camarones, so I made it for lunch and we loved it!




(4 servings)

  • 4 cooked arepas
  • Olive oil
  • Pork

  • 11/2 pounds pork loin, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 garlic clove,minced
  • 1/4 cup cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, finelly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shrimp

  • 16 large shrimp cooked
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Olive oil, for drizzling


  1. To make the pork:
  2. Place the pork pieces between sheets of wax paper, then pound until each steak is about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Place the pounded pork in a zip lock plastic bag. Add the onion, scallion, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Be sure the steaks are evenly covered.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the pork into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes per side or until the pork is cooked.
  5. To make the shrimp:
  6. In a small bowl combine onion, lime juice, ketchup, mayonnaise, pepper,hot sauce and cilantro. Add the shrimp and mix well. Set aside.
  7. To assemble:
  8. Place an arepa on a serving plate, top with the pork and place the shrimp on top of the pork. Sprinkle fresh cilantro, drizzle olive oil and serve.
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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ruth April 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM

That looks incredible!! Would have it even without the arepas!!


2 Sophie April 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM

What an awesome tasty looking dish, Erica!!

Your sister is very pretty!


3 Faith April 26, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I love the creamy sauce with that shrimp! What a delicious meal!


4 Lyndsey April 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

It looks so good my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing this special recipe, yummmy! I bet it was nice having your sister around for a whole month! At least the inter-net makes the world a little closer, and easier to keep in touch. She’s gorgeous!


5 Joan Nova April 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Wow – that’s quite a treat. I imagine the combo tastes great.

P.S. Even though you cooked up a storm for your sister, it looks like she went back to Colombia slim and trim.


6 Juliana April 26, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Erica, what a nice combo…pork and shrimp…believe or not many Chinese dishes have this common ingredients…yours look very tasty :-)


7 Erica April 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Thank you guys!!!!


8 Belinda @zomppa April 26, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Delicious – what a great combination! Hello, sister!


9 Kim April 26, 2010 at 9:06 PM

It is wonderful to have people visit, but it is so hard when they leave : (
Your sister is absolutely beautiful! I hope she has a very safe flight home.

The arepa looks wonderful Erica.


10 tasteofbeirut April 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Your sister should be doing telenovelas in Columbia! She is totally beautiful!
Your dish sounds wonderful too, but then I have yet to meet a dish I don’t like in your site!


11 Sandra G April 26, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Yummy looking, love the shrimp and pork combination. I’m sure you are missing your sister, it’s so hard when family leaves:(


12 Baking is my Zen April 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM

I’ve got to make these arepas! Looks good.


13 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes April 26, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Oh wow, pork and shrimp together! Fabulous! I love the color of the shrimp too!


14 rebecca subbiah April 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM

looks great and what a pretty girl


15 nora@ffr April 27, 2010 at 3:42 AM

that cramy meal sound incedible!! pretty sister :)


16 grace April 27, 2010 at 6:30 AM

this is a handy meal, erica. the sauce on that shrimp makes it look so pretty!


17 Ivy April 27, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Your sister is very beautiful and I am sure she will be forward to visiting you again soon as you took so great care of her :) That dish looks lip-smacking delicious.


18 Carla April 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

First off, you and your sister are beautiful. I really don’t know how the two of you stay so slim with all of the wonderful food you eat ;D ! Secondly, wow that is quite a combo and the shrimp look delicious. I could eat a bowl full of those with or without the arepa. You really are awe inspiring. Thanks.


19 Erica April 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!


20 norma April 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

It’s true what they say about the women from Medellin…they are the prettiest in all of Colombia. Every time you post your arepas, I get nostalgic for Venezuela and my sister-in-laws arepas. One day you will have to make them for me. This combination looks “sabroso”.


21 Chris April 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Very interesting coating for the shrimp, the pink color really is eye catching.

Are all women in Columbia as attractive as your sister and you? If so, I don’t see why any man would ever leave Columbia willingly! :)


22 Erica April 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Chris- Thank you so much ;) LOL


23 MaryMoh April 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Awww….I hope your sister visits you again soon. This dish is new to me but looks very delicious. I think I will pile a lot of prawns on top :P


24 Angie April 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

You’re arepas look great! And you’re sis looks like a model, so pretty!


25 Anna April 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Wow Erica, Your sister looks like a super model. I love this combination pork and shrimp it must be delicious. I need to learn how to make Arepas. :-D


26 Maria April 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

That looks like such a vibrant and flavorful dish. The creamy shrimp looks wonderful and the pork and arepas sound delicious.


27 Oysterculture April 30, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I am so glad you had a wonderful time with your sister. I miss having mine around. What a delicious sounding recipe love the pork and shrimp combo. I’m going to have to try this one soon!


28 Mari May 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Delicious combination. I love the arepas colombianas. My colombian friend Maria, from Queens NY, use to do them all the time for me. Do you have the recipe to make them from scratch?


29 Erica May 2, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Mari- I have the recipe to make them with masarepa on my recipe list.


30 Luz Adriana July 19, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Erica, I miss J & C Delicias. Que arepas!!! I’ m from Medellin too and now I ‘m living in California. You tried the ham with pineapple? And the ham with green sauce ‘licuada’ of mayonnaise, cilantro and parsley? Hummmmm For the first time in my life grabs arepas,( a friend who lives in Florida sent me the bread flour for arepas) P.A.N. and one evening I grabe, my husband is from Mexico and I he said arepa is alike sopes. Sopes is arepa gorda.


31 Billy September 5, 2010 at 12:50 AM

¡Super chevere recetas! Me gusta arepas con todos…huevos, quecito, chicharrónes, pollo, asada y ahora cerdo y camarones. Hace poco regresé de Medellin y ahora tengo esta impulso de cocinar. Gracias. Me encanta tu pagina mucha.

Does your sister have a boyfriend?

Los Angeles, CA.


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