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Camarones Guisados (Stewed Shrimp)

Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
This classic Puerto Rican dish consists of shrimp cooked in a savory tomato sauce flavored with onion, garlic, cilantro, and bell pepper. We call for canned whole tomatoes, which you squish into the sauce with your hands or a spoon. We like the rustic texture this creates, but you can substitute a can of diced tomatoes if you prefer. This dish is traditionally served with white rice; you can use cauliflower rice for a lighter option.


Olive oil

1½ Tbsp

Uncooked onion

1 cup(s), chopped, finely chopped

Green bell pepper

½ cup(s), chopped, finely chopped


3 Tbsp, chopped


4 clove(s), minced

Canned whole peeled tomatoes

14½ oz

No-salt-added canned tomato sauce

½ cup(s)

Dried oregano

¼ tsp

Kosher salt

¼ tsp

Bay leaf

2 leaf/leaves

Uncooked shrimp

1 pound(s), large, peeled and deveined


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, squeezing each tomato with your hand to break it into pieces (or crush with the back of a spoon). Stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, salt, and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 8 minutes. Stir in the shrimp; cover and simmer just until the shrimp turn opaque, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Serving size: about ¾ cup