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Spicy Portuguese Shrimp with Garlic (Shrimp Mozambique)
This is our take on camarão a moçambique, or shrimp Mozambique. Despite the name, the dish is in fact Portuguese—Mozambique was once a Portuguese colony and the source of the piri piri chilies traditionally used to spice up the shrimp. For our version, we opted to use an easier-to-find fresh Fresno chili combined with sweet paprika to add color and mild heat.
pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed, patted dry
teaspoon sweet paprika
01In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the paprika, ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Wow, my family really enjoyed this! Luckily, I was able to find what I think was a Fresno chili, but I agree with others a red jalapeño would have worked just as well in this dish. I steamed some fresh spinach to go with it. This worked out very well, everyone spooned the garlic-chili pan sauce onto their spinach. My family enjoys spicy food, so I too may added a second Fresno chili next time.
Delicious! Do not forget the chili. Will add a second fresno next time for even more spice and flavor.