Camarones en Apuro (Colombian-Style Shrimp with Tomato Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on February 19, 2011

Camarones en Apuro

Camarones en Apuro is a traditional Colombian dish from the Coast of the country and it is a simple and easy way to cook shrimp. It’s a wonderful and delicious appetizer to serve when having company.

In Colombia, it is usually served on a bed of Romaine lettuce with saltine crackers and lemon or lime wedges on the side, but I served mine with crostini and I loved it!


On another note, Cheri, a friend of my husband, recently started a recipe blog called My husband, being a vegetarian, has been emailing me links to her recipes. He is very excited, especially since I regularly tell him that I don’t know what to make him that’s vegetarian :-) Why not check out the site for yourself? I have also added a link to her site on my Links page for future navigation.



(4-6 servings)

  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Colombian Camarones en Apuro


  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the olive oil, add the shrimp, onion powder, garlic powder, stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the bread crumbs, salt and pepper and stir well. Add the tomato sauce and lemon juice. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  3. Stir and serve over lettuce.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply Life February 19, 2011 at 10:51 AM

oh wow, I would order this in a restaurant!


2 Mari's Cakes February 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Hola Ericka,

These shrimp look great! I’ll take a look at your friend’s blog. Thanks :)


3 Belinda @zomppa February 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Looks like I found my Sunday meal!


4 Chef E February 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Erica, I love shrimp and have been craving it so much, so I am going to make this! Any excuse to make shrimp!


5 Sharon @ Fun and Life February 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Shrimps look delicious! :D I would probably add some chilli to them as well because I like it spicy, but the colour is fabulous!


6 Ivy February 20, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Love shrimps and think that this would also be great on pasta.


7 norma February 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

los camarones se ven deliciosos and now i am going to visit your vegetarian friend…thanks!


8 wizzythestick February 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Lovely shrimp and although I’m a meat lover I love cooking vegetarian side too so thanks for the link


9 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen February 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Looks delicious!


10 Ziho February 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Qué rico se ve!



11 Ruby February 22, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Erica, for this recipe do you buy frozen shrimp or fresh ones?


12 Erica February 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Ruby- I used fresh shrimp, but you can use frozen!


13 jt1120 March 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Loved this as well, but would have liked a bit more heat to it. The tomato sauce gave it some flavor but I wanted some kick. Any suggestions on making this a little spicier?


14 Erica March 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

JT- Add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce!


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