Camarones Con Salsa de Anis (Shrimp with Anise Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on July 2, 2010

Camarones con salsa de Anis

This simple Shrimp with Anise Sauce is a traditional Colombian dish from the department of Sucre, where plain white rice is always served to soak up the aromatic anise sauce.

This dish is so simple that once you make it, it’s pretty easy to remember.

Buen provecho and have a nice weekend!



(2 servings)

  • 10 to12 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp and cover. Leave the shrimp in the hot water for 1 minute, drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the flour and stir well.
  3. Add the wine to the saucepan, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low. Add the heavy cream, shrimp, anise seeds, anise extract and cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, Remove from the heat and add the chopped parsley. Add salt and pepper if necessary.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Delicious! Love a new way (for me) to use anise.


2 Baking is my Zen July 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Love the shrimp! Not a fan of anise though…


3 Simply Life July 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

wow, can I have a dish? :)


4 Bo July 2, 2010 at 5:10 PM

This really looks so delicious.


5 Sandra G. July 2, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Love Shrimp And Anise Seeds!, Can’t Believe They Are Both In the Same Recipe!


6 Chris July 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Gorgeous looking, Erica. It would work as an appetizer or main course. Love the rice timbale too.


7 Sook July 3, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Erica, the sauce for the shrimp looks so delicious and creamy!


8 Joanne July 3, 2010 at 7:44 AM

I love the flavor of anise but have only ever had it in desserts! What a nice savory variation.


9 norma July 3, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Very interesting and it looks delicious. I like the anis.


10 Oysterculture July 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I had only really used anise for sweets and baking, never for a dish like this. I am very intrigued. Sounds amazing


11 Reeni July 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I use a lot of Anise in my Italian desserts and have never seen it used in a savory dish. I absolutely love this! I can’t wait to try it! My mouth is watering…


12 Faith July 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM

What a unique dish! I never would have thought to pair anise with shrimp but I bet it’s delicious!


13 Gloria July 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

This a perfect dish to me!! Me encanta Erica los camarones o gamas o lo que sean y esto se ve taaaan delicioso! me encanta! muchos cariños, gloria


14 Sophie July 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Waw!! What a stunning dish, dear Erica!!

Beautiful presented too! MMMMMMMMM,..I love anis!! You love it or you don’t!


15 Joan Nova July 4, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I absolutely love the flavor of anise and use star anise and fennel in a lot of dishes. I like the idea of making it the star of this sauce and look forward to trying it.


16 Erica July 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site.


17 Pilar July 10, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Hola Erika! Se podra reemplazar el extracto de anis por un shot de aguardiente?


18 Erica July 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Pilar- Yes, that sounds delicious!Let me know if you like it!


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