Spanish Style Shrimp and Rice

Category Seafood
Peas, chopped fresh tomato, onions, shrimp, and delicious herbs and spices combine with cooked rice to create a scrumptious meal that is easy to make.


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This is a twist on traditional Spanish rice made with shrimp. It's almost like a Paella, but with several steps pulled out, making it a very easy to put together meal. I love to make this when I have cooked rice to use up.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Lightly grease a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened.
  2. Stir in garlic, turmeric, chili flakes, and saffron. Stir well, cooking for about a minute or two.
  3. Add tomatoes and peas. Allow the juices from the tomatoes to release and for everything to soften a bit, a few minutes.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add a touch of cooking oil. Add shrimp and season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Cook a couple minutes then flip them over to cook another minute or two longer.
  6. Add the cooked rice to the pan. Stir and watch it turn yellow from all the lovely spices. Season everything with salt and pepper to taste. When everything is well combined, shut off heat and serve.
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September 18, 20190 found this helpful

I'm allergic to shellfish and don't have saffron so we substituted with pink cucumbers and orange zest. It was a hit at an important party, and no one knew that it wasn't shrimp.

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September 19, 20191 found this helpful

Very versatile recipe. I omitted the shrimps, peas and tomatoes and served this on a stick as an appetizer.


Children loved it with dipping sauces, e.g. sweet & sour, hollandaise, sirracha, caramel.

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

As with any of your recipes, Toosa, I'd prefer to make it to your specifications as nearly as possible before mucking about with other ingredients. This looks simply excellent and I'm looking forward to mkaing it!

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

Oh great!!! I can't wait to see what you think!!! :D

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