Portuguese Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jan. 06, 2023
I received this recipe nearly 40 years ago from a co-worker who was raised in Portugal. She made this Portuguese shrimp dish for an office potluck and everyone wanted the recipe! It is easy to make, impressive to serve and delicious. The sauce is also good served on fish fillets. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
Portuguese Shrimp Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper; cook until onion starts to turn brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, orange juice, pimientos, zest, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp; simmer, covered, until shrimp turn pink, 4-5 minutes. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 336 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 566mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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