Mofongo with Shrimp (Mashed Green Plantains with Shrimp)

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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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…

  9. Hensley says

    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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