Camarones de Espania

Camarones De Espania Recipe

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Janice Joy Miller


OMG, another intuitive success. My intent was to re-create a dish I'd had at a restaurant some time ago with capers and olives in a relatively light tomato sauce. I thought about adding lemon zest, but changed my mind. Next time! This recipe would also be awesome with any other seafood - in my imaginings, I see monkfish, calamari steaks, sea bass, and snapper as alternatives. I wouldn't want to impede the delicate flavor of scallops, abalone, or trout, though. This sauce was so delicious, that I'm likely to try it with salmon, tuna, and chicken just to see if it works.


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15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


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  • 2 lb
    jumbo shrimp (16-20 count), shelled, deveined, tail on
  • ·
    olive oil for brushing
  • ·
    sea salt
  • ·
    smoked sea salt (optional)
  • ·
    tellicherry peppercorns, crushed

  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 2 medium
    shallots, sliced thin
  • 2 large
    garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1
    green cardamom pod
  • 28 oz
    stewed tomatoes, classic style
  • 1 pinch
    oregano, dried, hefty pinch
  • 1
    california bay laurel leaf, dried, crushed, or if fresh, remove before serving
  • 1/4 c
    anchovy stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 c
    capers in brine, drained
  • 2
    small pickled jalapenos, seeded, sliced (more if you want it spicier). i used my homemade ones pickled with cardamom. it adds just the slightest cardamom note to the pepper.
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    tellicherry peppercorns, crushed

How to Make Camarones de Espania


  1. Skewer shrimp or lay in a single layer in a fish grilling cage.
  2. Brush both sides with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper. It's hard to find, but I used half regular sea salt and half smoked sea salt. Smoked sea salt adds a nice flavor note, but too much can overpower the dish. If you want to use smoked salt, I suggest grinding it together with regular sea salt with a mortar & pestle.
  3. Cover & refrigerate the shrimp while making the sauce.
  4. Get the outdoor grill going. I used oak wood (there's a lot of it around here), Other woods will impart other flavors. Don't worry that the different woods will be a problem, because the shrimp cook so quickly they won't pick up enough of the smoke flavor to significantly change the outcome. Gas or charcoal are just as good.
  5. Saute shallots, garlic, and cardamom pod in olive oil until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove cardamom pod and discard. If you can't find whole cardamom pods, use a small pinch of cardamom.
  7. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, olives, capers, jalapenos, 1/4 tsp regular sea salt, and 1/8 tsp crushed Tellicherry pepper. Don't use the smoked salt here. It will be too intense.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to very low - just to keep warm while cooking shrimp.
  9. When the grill is as hot as it's going to get, around 500+ degrees, grill the shrimp just until they turn pink - a minute or two. Do not overcook the shrimp!
  10. Remove from grill.
  11. To serve, ladle tomato sauce on a plate, top with a skewer of shrimp. Brown rice and/or cornbread on the side.

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About Camarones de Espania

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Spanish
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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