Reminds me of a Mexican shrimp and grits. A semi-spicy tomato sauce ladled over cilantro rice and topped with seasoned, fried shrimp. What about that doesn't sound amazing?


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 35 mins
10 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Tomato Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cumin, allspice, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Add shrimp and toss to combine with the spices. Set aside for at least 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat and cook diced onion until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add 3 tomatoes and cook until beginning to break down, about 20 minutes.

  • Pour in chicken stock and puree using an immersion blender. Add remaining tomatoes, sliced onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Simmer sauce on medium-low for 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, rinse rice in a mesh strainer. Run strainer under a faucet until the water runs clear. Shake the water off and let rice dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil in another pot and heat over medium heat. Add rice and lightly fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and lime zest and cook for 1 minute. Strain oil out of the rice and return to the pot.

  • Add water, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, about 20 minutes. Toss with remaining lime juice and cilantro.

  • Melt butter in a separate pot and add shrimp. Saute shrimp until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Scoop some rice on a plate, ladle tomato sauce over it, and top with shrimp. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

400 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 52.2g; fat 10.5g; cholesterol 189.9mg; sodium 2606.6mg. Full Nutrition