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Shrimp in Poblano Chili and Cilantro Sauce

4 Servings

40 minutes

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This recipe is a shrimp version of the classic Mexican fish dish pescado en salsa poblano, or fish in poblano sauce. To make the creamy, vibrantly hued sauce that cloaks plump, gently cooked shrimp, poblano chilies, with their earthy flavor and moderate heat, are pureed with cilantro, alliums and Mexican crema, a rich cultured cream similar to but milder than sour cream. If crema isn’t available, sour cream works in its place. Serve with warmed tortillas and, if you like, rice and beans.




Don’t be afraid to use the cilantro stems. Unlike parsley, cilantro has stems that are tender and will readily break down in the blender.

40 minutes


  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 2

    medium poblano chilies, stemmed, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces


Estelle B.
September 14, 2022
Flavorful, quick, and easy. What could be better? I would definitely make again. Haven't tried these variations yet, but the sauce could easily go with other firm, white fish, chicken, or even tofu.
danny m.
July 18, 2022
So flavorful
Really delicious recipe. Comes together quite quickly. Big, bold flavors.
Gabrielle A.
June 22, 2022
Chiles, not chilis. Otherwise, this recipe is a winner!
This was quick to come together for a lovely weeknight meal. Be sure to get a nice char on your chiles, it adds to the flavor. My poblanos were not particularly hot, so I added a fresh serrano to the sauce while blending and that gave it some nice heat. Served with rice and black beans, plus some avocado slices.