Shrimp Mozambique


This recipe is one of the most unique and popular dishes in Portuguese cuisine and it comes from the rich historical past of Portuguese exploration. When Portuguese explorers encountered the local tribes of Mozambique in the 15th century, they learned of their use of “piri piri” or peppers, used in making hot sauces and dishes. This use of “piri piri” led to the creation of this unique shrimp dish, which happens to be my personal favorite and that of many around the world. There are many variations to this dish, but in my opinion this is the most simple and delicious way to enjoy it without much hassle.

1 lbs shrimp
1 onion, minced
1.5 tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup piri piri (you should be able to find this locally, if you not can buy some here on Amazon)
salt and pepper to taste
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup white wine or beer
1.5 cups white rice

1) In a bowl add the chopped garlic, piri piri, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix it together.

2) Add half of the butter and olive oil to a frying pan with the onion and cook until soft, 4-5 minutes over medium heat.

3) Add the contents of the bowl to the pan, stir, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add wine/beer, bring to boil and reduce for 2 minutes over medium high heat. Add the shrimp, parsley and rest of butter. Cook over medium heat until shrimp are done and serve over rice, enjoy!

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14 Responses to Shrimp Mozambique

  1. Peter says:

    Shrimp Mozambique is one of my favorite dishes in the world

  2. Eddy says:

    I’ve made this dish many times but this was my first time using this recipe. I found that it was missing something in the taste. I added a Goya seasoning packet and it made it much better! Also, the recipe calls for olive oil but the directions never said when to put it in?

  3. janie baton says:

    Goya seasoning?

  4. janie baton says:

    What is it?

    • Pbicudo1 says:

      It is called sazon goya con azafran. It can be added to the shrimp mozambique for extra flavor and spice although it isn’t traditionally used. You can find it in most south american food stores and online on sites like Amazon as well.

  5. Jason Lopes says:

    I agree Sazon is a MUST when making shrimp mozambique it adds a whole new great flavor!

  6. Kathy says:

    you can buy the sazon in most grocery stores

  7. Liz says:

    I also add some lemon juice to this dish. (1/2 fresh lemon). Adds some zest to the whole flavor. Try it! Absolutely delish!

  8. Dot says:

    Liked the recipe n the sazon was a definite needed ingredient without it it wouldn’t have been good but i also added moist crushed pepper i like mine with tat spicy kick to it

  9. Maria costa says:

    i love you portugueses recipes

  10. crisrobal azores says:

    Cilantro is better then parsley. If goya is not used . be sure to use 1tblspoon of paparika

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