by Erica Dinho on April 10, 2009

Camarones  or Colombian Shrimp in Creole Sauce
Camarones a la Criolla is a delicious shrimp stew made with coconut milk. It is simple and quick to prepare, just serve it over white rice. This Colombian classic blends the delicious flavor of coconut milk with the great taste of shrimp.

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  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped tomato
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cans coconut milk


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp and cover. Leave the shrimp in the hot water for 1 minute, drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and vegetable oil. Add the onions, tomato, red pepper, garlic, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the coconut milk to the saucepan, bring the sauce to a simmer and then reduce the heat to medium low. Add the shrimp and cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, Remove from the heat and add the chopped parsley and chopped cilantro. Add salt and pepper if necessary and discard bay leaf.
  4. Serve each portion in a bowl with white rice.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura April 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

This looks wonderful, my husband would love it. Maybe I could serve it with scallops and shrimp since I lost out on the shrimp appreciation gene. :)


2 kayatthekeyboard April 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Wow — you are batting 1.000 on my “Oh, I want to make this!” meter today! I think my dinner plans (it had been Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork) just took a hard left turn and I will be shopping for shrimp today!


3 Adeline Commerford February 9, 2010 at 4:39 AM

Thanks to this post I do not look like an idiot. I had an argument with someone and this shows I was right. Thanks!


4 Susan March 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Thank you so much. I made this dish yesterday and my friends loved it. It was absolutely delicious. I followed all the steps and it was perfect with white rice on the side.


5 Maryam March 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

This was an awesome recipe. I made it for spanish class yesterday and at first I thought I messed up but as the juices flowed together, it looked yummier and yummier. I ate some for dinner tonight and I loved it. It had an interesting taste which I loved. Thank you for posting this!


6 Paola March 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Erica!!! Gracias por esta maravillosa y facil receta… ademas Colombiana!!!! Wow… espero que me quede bien preparada… luego les contare!!!


7 Sara Brown May 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM

This is so fantastic, it’s a little out of control. I could eat this EVERY DAY! I served it with rice and beans, and avocado and mango slices on the side. I thought I died and went to heaven!! :D Thanks!!!


8 carolina May 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

i am curious, why would you boil the shirmp in plain water instead of cooking them in the yummy sauce?


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