Rice With Coconut and Shrimp (Arroz Con Coco Y Camarones)

by Erica Dinho on June 4, 2009

Arroz con Coco y Camarones or Coconut Rice with Shrimp

Arroz con Coco y Camarones or Coconut Rice with Shrimp

This Arroz con Coco y Camarones is very popular in the coastal areas of Colombia. The first time I ate this Coconut Rice with Shrimp was in the city of Cartagena while in college on a field trip with my Hotel and Tourism Administration class.

Cartagena is located in the Caribbean region of the country and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia.




  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 Cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups coconut milk (fresh or canned)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place the shrimp in a plastic bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chili powder and onion powder and ½ teaspoon of salt. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the rice, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper, stir until well coated.
  4. Add the coconut milk. bay leaf and bring to a boil, for about 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low and add the shrimp. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is just tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf. Add the parsley and let it sit for 5 minutes and serve hot.
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alexandra June 4, 2009 at 8:52 AM

I love coconut rice! with shrimp … even better. yummmy!


2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 4, 2009 at 10:26 AM

We would love this yummy rice with coconut milk and shrimp! Sounds delicious!


3 nora@ffr June 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM

wow!! i love shrimps :) a must make for the weekend.. this dish look delicious and fabulous.. erica thanx for sharing :)


4 Sophie June 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM

MMMMMMM…looking good & tasty!! Yummie!


5 Diana June 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

I love the combination of coconut and shrimp. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!


6 Soma June 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Mmmm.. Mmmmm… Mmmmm.. I love everything here. I have made coconut rice before, but it would be the best with shrimps, the love of my life:-)


7 Hélène June 4, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Rice & coconut milk is such a great combination. Looks yummy.


8 Erica June 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Thank you all for the comments.


9 Silvia June 5, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Tu arroz me resulta muy apetecible y mucho más a estas horas cuando el estómago está pidiendo a gritos que le llene con algo. Delicioso y una presentación de lujo.



10 Allison Lemons June 5, 2009 at 7:37 PM

This looks so good Erica! I love coconut rice, and have yet to add shrimp to it (although Alejandro just told me he had crab and coconut rice when he was in Cartagena). I would probably make this with some California brown rice, and maybe garnish with ripe avocado. Thanks for the recipe.


11 Erica June 5, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Coconut rice with crab sounds delicious!


12 Anna June 6, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Ai, ai, ai, you always make me hungry with your recipes, shrimp and coconut is a golden combination. and looks beautiful.


13 I love tastes July 3, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I’ve just cooked this coconut rice with shrimp for lunch and it smells really nice and tastes special and nice! Thanks!


14 Erica July 3, 2009 at 6:09 AM

I love taste,
Thank you for your feedback!


15 Dawn April 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I can’t wait to try this…had it while in Cartagena and have been looking for a comparable recipe ever since as I love coconut :) I will have to let you know how it turns out!


16 Bun Kabab May 31, 2010 at 2:40 AM

I like this recipe. I have made it for a family gethering event and my sister asked about ingredients…Also some of my costumers say that it’s very nice.Thanks


17 Anonymous June 22, 2010 at 8:36 PM

My family loved this; I loved it for lunch the next day, too! Great warmed in the micro. You could do all sorts of… variations to this recipe and make it your own.


18 Aleja June 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

This rice was delicious! thank you for the recipe. I made 4 times this month.


19 Krista December 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Love it! Made it for three holiday gatherings and am serving it tonight for Christmas Eve dinner after Mass.


20 Mary September 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I would think cooking shrimp in rice for 20 minutes would make them tough and rubbery since shrimp cook in very little time.


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