Rice with Shrimp (Arroz con Camarones)

Arroz con Camarones

Colombians like rice and it is very hard to imagine a meal that does not include some type of rice dish. This Arroz con Camarones or rice and shrimp dish has a lot of flavor, because we’ll blend the shrimp shells into the stock, which will then be used to cook the rice. The rice will absorb the taste of the shrimp and will be packed with flavor and just delicious.

Rice with Shrimp



(4 servings)

  • 1 pound fresh and un-peeled shrimp
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fish bouillon tablet
  • ¼ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup frozen carrots, green beans and peas
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Arroz con Camarones


  1. In a small pot place the un-peeled shrimp, fish bouillon tablet and water and cook for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
  2. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl. Peel and save the shells and the stock to use later.
  3. Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium pot over medium- high heat. Add the onions and cook for 1 minute, add the garlic, green pepper, Red pepper, scallions and tomato. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the shrimp shells and stock in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Pass through a sieve and discard the shells and save the stock.
  5. Add the rice to the tomato mixture, stirring until well coated. Add the stock, tomato paste, ground cumin, paprika, salt and black pepper and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp, peas and carrots and cook for and additional 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Add fresh parsley and serve.
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  1. says

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  2. says

    hmmm i can just taste that rice! yum yum! we have what is called arroz a la valenciana too but i dont have any idea how to make it. Will make this one for sure!

  3. Anonymous says

    I just made this recipe I never had this kind of dish, we’re rice eaters though i love pasta hubby will divorce me if i make more:)

  4. Adriana says

    I made this dish yesterday and my husband loved it! Very tasty! I think I just need to practice more though. Quedó como masacotudo….creo que me faltó dejarlo secar un poco mas antes de agregarle los camarones y las verduras al final 😉

  5. Amy Johansen says

    Just got back from Ecuador, and had this dish. :) My husbands mom was supposed to give me a recipe for it, but I forgot (his parents are not native Ecuadorian’s, they emigrated there last year), but I decided to try to find one that sounded similar to the one she had, and this one sounded pretty much the same, so I am making it right now, then I will get hers and compare it. lol

    Anyway, thanks for posting this! :)

    God Bless ~Amy

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