Mofongo with Shrimp (Mashed Green Plantains with Shrimp)

by Erica Dinho on March 15, 2010

Mofongo is a popular dish in Puerto Rico and is made with mashed fried green plantains and filled with beef, pork or seafood. It is simple and easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious. My friend Joan from Foodalogue is having the last stop of her virtual culinary tour this week and we are going to Puerto Rico. So, I made Mofongo with Shrimp in a creole sauce for this stop.

Buen Provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 4 large green plantains, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 chicken bouillon tablet
  • 11/2 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Filling
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


Fill a large skillet with oil and heat the oil over medium-high heat to 365F.

Place the crushed garlic, water, chicken bouillon in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Set aside.

Carefully add the plantain chunks to the heated oil and fry them for 4 minutes on each side.

Remove the plantains from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb oil.

Place the plantain chunks in a bowl or pilon (wood mortar) , add the water and garlic mixture and mash until smooth consistency. Mix well, cover and set aside.

To make the shrimp: Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the red pepper, garlic, tomatoes and cumin. Cook for about 7 minutes more.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the tomato mixture. Cook for about 7 minutes more. Add the cilantro and mix well.

To serve, divide the mashed plantains equally into 4 small bowls. Top each bowl with 6 shrimp and creole sauce. Serve immediately.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Baking is my Zen March 15, 2010 at 12:19 PM

If people only knew…how good this is!!!!!!


2 Deborah March 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I am making this tomorrow. Need to get some plantain … YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 Kim March 15, 2010 at 1:40 PM

So pretty and colorful Erica. Love your presentation.


4 Ivy March 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Have never tried plantains before but the dish sounds so appetizing.


5 Sarah Naveen March 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Nice click..this is an excellent combo..I have made curry with this combo :)..
Looks so yummy


6 Joan Nova March 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I’m so glad you made mofongo. It is such an important (and delicious) dish in P.R.

Erica – thanks so much for keeping me company along the way. Your contributions added much to the tour!


7 Lyndsey March 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Looks stunning, I love your photos and presentation! This sounds like a wonderful dish. If only I could fry my plantains when they were green (I always wait too long). lol!


8 ruth March 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM

This looks amazing! Im going to have to find a shopping website for Southern AMerican flavours! So want to try your recipes!!


9 Sandra G March 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Delisioso! we make this too in The Dominican Republic, Love, Love Mofongo!


10 Simply Life March 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM

oh my! I love all the bright colors in this and want to eat it right up!


11 Erica March 15, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Thank you everyone!


12 Barbara March 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Here you are with my favorite plantains again, Erica! I love them! And what a great shrimp filling! Cumin and garlic add a great dimension to your Mofongo. I’ve never had it….but would love it try it.


13 tasteofbeirut March 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Yummy, I have had plantains in chunks and sweetened but never mashed with garlic! That dish looks and tastes very good I am sure!


14 grace March 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM

i think i really need to look into purchasing a load of plantains–they seem infinitely useful!


15 Anh March 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I really like the texture of plantains! And this dish looks so nice.


16 Erica March 15, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Thank you guys for the comments :)


17 Faith March 15, 2010 at 8:42 PM

What a pretty dish! I love the shrimp on top, Erica!


18 Jhonny Walker March 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM

A pretty…exotic and unique dish…fantastic..will definitely make this one :)


19 peanutts March 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM

nice dish, Never thought of pairing plantains with shrimp


20 Carla March 15, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Erica you are amazing! Its like you can read my mind. I just saw an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives last night and saw a recipe very similar that turned the mashed plantains into little balls stufffed with pork. I made a mental note to try to recreate them in the near future. I will have too try this one too as they look magnificent.


21 5 Star Foodie March 15, 2010 at 11:48 PM

Very yummy! I’d love to try this too! It was so much fun traveling with you on this tour!


22 Anna March 16, 2010 at 2:31 AM

Oh! Erica you never fail to make my mouth watering, this shrimp looks soooooo good. I never had mofongo but sounds delicious. :-)


23 shaz March 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM

What an interesting dish. i’ve never tried anything like this before, but it sure sounds fantastic. I often see green plantain but not sure what to do with it (except make curry), so thanks for sharing this.


24 rebecca subbiah March 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM

wow it looks amazing, love plantain


25 Melanie March 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM

so colorful–beautiful and delicious.


26 Erica March 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


27 Michelle March 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I just made a Plantain recipe last week! But I did not know that you could use green plantains!


28 ap269 March 17, 2010 at 7:31 AM

I still have some plantains that need to be used up (I originally wanted to make something else for the culinary tour). I think I’ll try this recipe filled with beef!


29 Soma March 17, 2010 at 5:42 PM

The gorgeous shrimps make me wanna pick them all up and eat them. lovely flavors.


30 DebinHawaii March 18, 2010 at 3:53 AM

I used to travel tom Puerto Rico frequently for work and mofongo was one of my favorite dishes to eat there. Your mofongo looks amazing–and so pretty with the shrimp on top.


31 Chef E March 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Oh Erica, you do not realize I was in Puerto Rico and feel in love with this dish, and make it as often as I make hummus! Love the shrimps too…


32 Erica March 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


33 Anonymous March 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

My husband made this dish yesterday and we all loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe.


34 mandela April 6, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Hi Erica I am going to make this for dinner tonight . This looks so delicious .


35 melisssa October 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

mmmmmmm . . . (“


36 Hensley November 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

That looks so good. My aunt who is Dominican who made a mofongo dish with Alfredo sauce and shrimp around it. Soooo good :)


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