Orange Shrimp Mojo Recipe
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Orange Shrimp Mojo Recipe

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With jalapeno, orange and avocado, every bite of this enticing entree is spicy, tangy and fresh. The sauce beautifully glazes shrimp.—Don Thompson, Houston, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange or tangerine peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rum or chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large navel orange, peeled, sectioned and chopped
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed avocado
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 175 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a dry small skillet over medium heat, toast cumin seeds and peppercorns until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds using a spice mill or blender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the orange peel, oregano, salt and crushed cumin and peppercorns. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon spice mixture over shrimp.
  3. In a large skillet, cook shrimp in oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute; turn shrimp. Add the orange juice, rum, garlic and 1 tablespoon spice mixture. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink; remove and keep warm.
  4. Bring liquid in skillet to a boil. Cook until reduced to 2/3 cup, about 35 minutes. Meanwhile, for salsa, combine the orange, onion, avocado, 1/4 cup cilantro, jalapeno and remaining spice mixture in a small bowl.
  5. Stir remaining cilantro into sauce. Serve with shrimp and salsa. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Orange Shrimp Mojo in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p231

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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