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

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!


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(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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  1. jt1120 says

    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?

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