What has the power to transport you back home when you are far, far away and missing it terribly? For me, it is food! I confess the rich and diverse cuisine of my home country makes impossible to choose only one dish. When I think about home, several dishes spring right to mind. This creamy one pot shrimp in coconut sauce (camarão no leite de coco) had the power to transport my sweet Brazil onto my plate this time — and all the memories of those good old days. It is easy, summery, comforting — and SUPER delish… just like home!
This shrimp in coconut sauce (or camarão no leite de coco) is a trip to Ceará, a state in my Northeastern region where the recipe originally comes from. It is still a trip to Bahia, an Afro-Brazilian state in that same region since the dish is somewhat similar to its famous Bahian-style seafood stew known as Moqueca de Camarão. What it makes the dish a bit different from moqueca is the absence of palm oil and chunky vegetables. Note that cream cheese, basil, and red jalapenos were added to our Shrimp in Coconut Sauce — as they reflect our personal touch to the traditional recipe.
How To Make One Pot Shrimp in Coconut Sauce | Food Recipes
- 1 ½ pounds jumbo raw shrimp (deveined, both shell and tail removed)
- 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 3 gloves garlic (1 minced and 2 coarsely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- ½ large white or yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 large orange or red bell pepper, de-seeded and sliced
- ½ cup canned diced tomatoes
- 2 large basil leaves (plus more to garnish)
- 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley (plus more to garnish)
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- ⅓ cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice (about 1 large lime, juiced)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika (optional)
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 red jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
- Place the peeled shrimp in a bowl with 1 Tablespoon of oil, one minced garlic clove, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat and let marinade while cooking the vegetables.
You can find complete recipes of this Easy Shrimp in Coconut Sauce in frombraziltoyou.org