Arepas with Salmon and Shrimp (Arepas con Salmon y Camarones)

by Erica Dinho on October 13, 2009

Arepa con SalmonThis is the arepa I made myself for lunch yesterday. Arepas are an essential part of Colombian cuisine, which you may have already figured out if you’re a regular reader of this blog :). My mom actually believes that I could not live without arepas and if I really think about it…she’s probably right. Arepas are popular in Venezuela as well.

In Venezuela, they make arepas thicker and fill them with different ingredients than used in Colombia. In Colombia, we make the arepas thinner and top them with our favorite ingredients. Nowadays, you can buy arepas in packages at the grocery store, just like you’ll find Mexican tortillas. This arepa with salmon and shrimp was just wonderful. Enjoy it!

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(4 Servings)

  • 4 arepas (about 6 inches)
  • 3 5oz cooked salmon fillets, cut into small pieces
  • 15 cooked shrimp, diced
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, cilantro, garlic, ground cumin, lemon juice and onion. Mix well.
  2. Fold in the salmon and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place an arepa in a serving plate, top with the mixture and garnish with cilantro.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda@zomppa October 13, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Ooo!! I LOVE this twist on the arepa! Fabulous – gonna try it out…looks gorgeous!


2 Oysterculture October 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM

I’m almost afraid that if I make this recipe that the arepas will become a necessity for me! Not that I’d probably be complaining but you have me craving so many delicious sounding foods.


3 nora@ffr October 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

wow this sound rili goood!!! nething with shrimp?? m in :)


4 Joan Nova October 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM

wow…looks like a great lunch to me. I prefer to eat them topped, rather than filled. It opens it up to more possibilities, like a salmon salad!


5 Lynda October 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM

This looks so delicious! I can see why you might be addicted if you make them this way! Great photo, also.


6 Erica October 13, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


7 Vij October 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Yummy colourful post Erica!


8 Kim October 13, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Wow- I would love to have that for lunch! It looks so pretty.


9 Empar October 14, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Ah! Que buenas.
Desde que descubrí las arepas este invierno pasado, me encantan. Con todo lo que le pongas.
Y estas tuyas tienen que estar de muerte.
Un beso.


10 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Such delicious arepas, would love them with salmon and shrimp, delicious!


11 catalina October 14, 2009 at 6:47 PM

yo quiero esa arepa


12 shannon October 15, 2009 at 11:45 PM

I have never made arepas before, but was just looking for some recipes, and there you have it! Looking forward to making these!


13 Erica October 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting and reading my post!


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