How to make Shrimp Mozambique

How to make Shrimp Mozambique

Ok, so if there is one food we have neglected that is quite big in the Portuguese community, then it must be shrimp. Shrimp goes with a lot of dishes, so let us show you how to prepare Shrimp Mozambique.

You will need:

  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 packet Goya saffron seasoning powder
  • ½ cup light white or red wine or 1 can light beer
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce or generous pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (26-30 count) peeled and deveined


  1. Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Toss in the onion and fry it just until it starts to take on a light golden colour. Pour in the water. Toss in the garlic, cilantro, water and Goya powder. Cover and simmer the ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the flavour to mingle.
  2. Pour in the wine or beer, and the lemon juice then stir. Cover and raise the heat to medium-high to bring the ingredients to a boil. When the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for two minutes.
  3. Toss in the shrimp and hot peppers/chilli sauce (if using) and give them a turn in the sauce. Cook for three minutes over medium-low heat until the shrimp is just curled tender and turned pink. Spoon the shrimp into bowls and serve with plenty of crusty bread to dip in the flavourful broth.

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