Portuguese Spicy Shrimp | Camarao Mozambique

Portuguese spicy shrimp, also known as Camarao Mozambique is one of Lenny’s favorite Portuguese recipes.  His mother makes it for him whenever he is back east.  I always make it for him on his birthday.  As well you will see it on the table during the holidays as it is a great dish to serve to a group.  No two recipes will be the same;  for instance, Lenny’s family makes it a bit more “saucy”.  I tend to make it less “saucy” by letting the flavorful broth boil down until it is a bit thicker.  There is not a right nor wrong way;  either way, it will be delicious.


When I made it the other evening, I was reminded how simple the recipe is, making it great to have on hand when one needs a quick dinner on the table.  It is spicy, but you can control how spicy you want it to be.  The secret ingredient is the Goyo Sazon. Goya Sazon is a special blend of seasonings that is offered in many different flavors.  For this recipe, you will need to use the Con Culantro y Achiote.  I have yet to try making this dish without, so at this time, it is a must.  The remainder of the ingredients are fresh and simple, so don’t shy away from making this recipe.  To complete the meal pass the steamed rice, and a lot of warm, crusty bread to soak up the flavorful juices.

Do you have a favorite shrimp recipe that is a family tradition?


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  1. Yummy, love shrimp of all kinds, especially the spicy ones!

  2. Hi Chez US..love your recipe..I’ll try it this weekend.
    Nice to meet other foodies…Keep cooking!
    Tia Maria’s Blog

  3. You did an amazing job with this recipe. It looks fantastic.

  4. Laura says:

    This is my husbands favorite dish! I’m book marking this for fathers day!

  5. I’m always looking for a new preparation for shrimp and I’m so glad you shared this with us! Sounds lovely!

  6. Wow! This looks delicious! Seems like it can be enjoyed on a warm or cold day!

  7. I just began cooking portuguese food; I now realize how incomplete my life was prior to it.

  8. wow- this looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

  9. Oh wow Denise! This looks absolutely amazing. Oh those gorgeous colors! I am pinning this to make later in the week. I can see why Lenny loves it :-). We are a bit prawn crazy in this home and the kids especially like a dish that I make of pan fried prawns crusted in cornflakes.

  10. It looks delicious.I dont know that many portuguese recipes and I cant wait to try making this one.

  11. Vivian says:

    I love this recipe! It was so easy yet so tasty. My husband absolutely fell in love with the flavors! I did not have peri peri sauce – although, I did try to find it at 3 different ethnic stores. I decided to use a Jamaican hot sauce and the flavor worked nicely. I also used 2 packets of the Goya powder and added just a tablespoon of butter to make the sauce a little richer. I will definitely cook this again!


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