Camarones a la Criolla (Shrimp in Creole Sauce)

Channel the flavors of Puerto Rican cooking by simmering shrimp in a rich tomato sauce laced with cumin, oregano, sofrito and garlic. Known as salsa criolla, this sauce comes together easily and can be used to cook a variety of meats and seafood.

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated

  • 3 tablespoons sofrito (see Associated Recipe)

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes

  • 4 pitted green olives, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 16 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 24 shrimp)

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice

  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic, sofrito, paprika, oregano and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, olives, bay leaves and salt. Slowly mix in water; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add shrimp; simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are opaque, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Remove and discard bay leaves. Stir in pepper. Divide rice among 4 bowls and top with the shrimp mixture and avocado.

    camarones a la criolla
    Ali Redmond

Associated Recipe


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

521 Calories
17g Fat
58g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup rice, 6 shrimp & 1/4 avocado
Calories 521
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Vitamin A 3270IU 65%
Vitamin C 60mg 67%
Vitamin E 3mg 22%
Folate 75mcg 19%
Vitamin K 30mcg 25%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%
Magnesium 123mg 29%
Potassium 1370mg 29%
Zinc 3mg 27%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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