Skillet Shrimp Mozambique
Why We Love this One-Skillet Recipe
We simply love shrimp! This wonder protein is terrific to include in easy one-pot recipes, like Thai Curry Shrimp Pasta and Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp. Not only are they tender and tasty, shrimp are excellent to purchase ready-to-use and cook incredibly quickly.
Skillet Shrimp Mozambique is a delicious fusion dish that brings together Portuguese and African flavors. With the combination of garlic, saffron, and spicy heat, this recipe is bold in both flavor and color.
The aromatics create a wonderfully bright sauce in only a matter of minutes. Then add raw peeled shrimp right to the skillet and simmer… Five minutes and you’re ready to serve with fluffy rice or flatbread for scooping!
- Butter – unsalted
- Onion – chopped
- Garlic – minced
- Sazon seasoning packets – like Goya Azafran
- Beer – a pale lager is best
- Hot sauce – if African Peri Peri Sauce is available, buy it!
- Large raw shrimp – peeled and deveined
- Salt and pepper – to taste
- Parsley – to garnish, optional
How to Make Shrimp Mozambique
Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the onions, stirring regularly.
Once the onions are soft, add in the Sazon seasoning packets. Mix the seasoning into the onions.
Then pour in the beer and hot sauce. Simmer the sauce for 5 to 8 minutes to reduce and thicken.
Once the sauce has been reduced by half, add in the raw shrimp.
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Stir well and allow the shrimp to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
Promptly remove the skillet from the heat so as not to overcook the shrimp.
Lastly, sprinkle with parsley, if you like.
Enjoy Portuguese shrimp over rice or with flatbread. Both help to cut the heat and add some heartiness to the otherwise light dish.
You can also toss the shrimp and sauce with pasta, or serve with tortillas to make tacos.
Or keep the dish low-carb and serve with cauliflower rice or zoodles (zucchini noodles).
Frequently Asked Questions
What other proteins can be used to make this dish?
Sazon seasoning can be used to make a Portuguese Mozambique sauce with prawns, chicken, or even extra firm tofu!
If making the dish with chicken or tofu, first cube the protein and quickly brown in the skillet with oil. Transfer to a holding plate and wipe the skillet clean before moving on to the onions and remaining recipe steps. Then add the cooked tofu or chicken pieces to the sauce as you would shrimp.
How can I make this Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique recipe less spicy?
It’s easy to tweak this recipe for more sensitive tastebuds. The Sazon seasoning does not have spiciness to it, so simply omit the hot sauce for a mild dish.
How long do leftovers last in the fridge?
Leftover cooked shrimp will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, but I recommend enjoying within a day or so. Reheated shrimp can tend to get a bit rubbery, so reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop low and slow just until warm throughout.
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Portuguese Skillet Shrimp Mozambique
- Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the onions, stirring regularly.
- Once the onions are soft, add in the Sazon seasoning packets. Mix the seasoning into the onions. Then pour in the beer and hot sauce. Simmer the sauce for 5 to 8 minutes to reduce and thicken.
- Once the sauce has reduced by half, add in the raw shrimp. Stir well and allow the shrimp to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
- Serve over rice with a sprinkling of parsley, or with flatbread on the side.