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Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique

This 20-minute Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique recipe is full of bold flavors and spice! Featuring garlicky shrimp cooked in white wine and a spicy tomato, paprika, and chili pepper sauce, this famous Portuguese recipe is so easy to love.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
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Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: Dinner, Dinner For Two, Portuguese Shrimp, Seafood, Shrimp Mozambique
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • Cast Iron Skillet



  • 1 lb frozen or fresh large shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch sea salt and pepper, to taste


  • 2 tbsp tabasco or sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped


  • Heat oil in cast iron skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant (2 mins). Add wine and cook until reduced by half (4 mins)
  • Add shrimp and cook until no longer pink (4 mins). Add butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Meanwhile mix the sauce ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Stir in sauce and cook until heated through (2 mins)
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve over white rice


  • Peel the shrimp - Removing the peel from the shrimp before cooking will ensure this recipe is done as quickly as possible.
  • Want to make shrimp Mozambique without the wine? Replace it with beer (preferably a lager) or vegetable stock for a non-alcoholic option.
  • If you’re using frozen shrimp, make sure it’s been thawed and patted dry with paper towels first.
  • Instead of shrimp - Make chicken Mozambique instead using bite-sized chicken pieces. 
  • To make this recipe even spicier, saute hot chili peppers in with the onion and garlic.


Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 395mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg