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Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo

Loreto November 10, 2019

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Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo, Talk about Mediterranean flavors and beauty, this is a great plate that can be served as a tapas or a dish substantial enough to stand on its own. This month with Eat the World we traveled to Portugal and I was so pleasantly surprised at the many incredible recipes including this seafood feast with a touch of chorizo!

Song of the day: “Around the World” by Daft Punk.

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-2 plates, foks and the pan

Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo, hosts wonderfully plump shrimp combined with green onion, chorizo, and some bay leaf, white wine, olives. As a result a wonderfully fresh and bright dish that is nothing but a blessing to share with the one you love. 

Portuguese food 101…….

To tell you the truth I never really new the vast amount of  recipes from this country. When I thought Portuguese I thought tarts and BBQ sardines. However that all changed when my son’s partner Devyn gave us a Portuguese cookbook and I began to look through. There were many great recipes that I wanted to do but this Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo, was a real keeper and so glad I did it, as the end result is incredibly fabulous!

Curiosity and Culture…………………….

Ever since i was little I had this curiosity about culture and a deep feeling in my heart for peace and harmony among our differences. I began to see that the one thing that really brought us together was hospitality and food, and that is how my cooking evolved learning about techniques and ingredients, flavors and textures, as a result, feeling heartfelt fulfillment and some great tasting food!

Today that great passionate energy goes into making this Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo. Come along and let’s cook together!

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-ingredients

Simple ingredients great outcome……………..

This recipe is quick to make and has really simple ingredients. Let’s gather them up:

  • Large shrimp
  • Chorizo sausage
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Green onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red chili flakes
  • Paprika
  • White wine
  •  Cilantro
  • Black olives

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-prep

Time to fire up the stove top………………………………

Truly this dish in Portuguese is called “Camarao na Cataplana” (Shrimp Cataplana). The Cataplana is the type of pan you use to cook in. I didn’t have the pan, however used a beautiful cast deep oval pan  with a tight fitting lid. The lid part is really important as the last stages of cooking involve sealing the ingredients in the pan and allowing all those spices and flavors to play together! Having said this, that is why I chose the name Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo.

Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo – Step by step

Okay we have all our ingredients, had a sip of some wine, stove top is ready, and because we are excited, time to cook!

  1. Firstly we heat up the oil in the pan and saute the chorizo slices just to give them some color.
  2. Secondly add in the green onion rounds and cook till translucent then throw in garlic, bay leaf, paprika, and chili flakes. When the garlic starts to turn golden in color in goes the wine and halved grape tomatoes.
  3. Thirdly time for the shrimp to mingle with all those lovely elements in the pan so tossing and stirring is required.
  4. Fourthly sprinkle in half the chopped cilantro and the last of the grape tomatoes, then cover and cook until you see the shrimp turn opaque and the tails curl in a little.  

  Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-in the pan  

Last little finishing touches……………………………..

Lastly, take off heat, stir in butter and garnish with olives and remaining cilantro. One thing to know this type of dish needs to be served right away, because we want that shrimp to remain plump and juicy, furthermore this dish is best hot.

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-2 plates and the pan

Time to serve and taste!……………………

The aroma of the cilantro just brighten my senses. That shrimp is so juicy and tender I have to close my mouth or all that goodness is going to run out.

The little bit of heat from the chili flakes and chorizo pairs so well with the shrimp, and those beautifully colored chorizo are like flavor gems to my tongue. That first sear on them produces a wonderful caramelization and crisp edge and the smokiness dances nicely with those colorful plump grape tomatoes. Each bite takes you on an adventure and those subtle hits of olives combined with the fresh aromatic notes of cilantro and paprika are a taste buds dream. Well, for me that is, because I love the taste of cilantro and truly I am an olive addict. 

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-plate 

Life is about adventure and experience…………………

What would life be without adventure and experiences, well dull. Come with us and ride the Eat The World train. This month was Portugal and there are many wonderful dishes offered by us who are a part of the experience. Take a look at what Portugal offers for tasty delights and furthermore, fire up that cast pan and try this amazing, flavorful, tender out of this world good Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo!


Song of the day: “Around The World” by Daft Punk.

 Check out all the wonderful Portuguese dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!

Sue at Palatable Pastime:Air-Fryer Peri Peri Chicken Wings
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Less than Traditional Pastéis de Bacalhau (Salt Cod Fritters)
Making Miracles: Portuguese Vina Dosh Wine
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Bitoque (Portuguese Steak & Eggs)
Kitchen Frau: Portuguese Tuna or Sardine Fish Pâté
CulturEatz: Portuguese Pasteis de Nata
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Broa (Portuguese Corn Bread)
Pandemonium Noshery: Portugese Tremocos Beans
Sneha at Sneha’s Recipe: Chicken Cataplana#EatTheWorld
Loreto and Nicoletta (us!): Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo

Homestyle Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo-2 plates, foks and the pan

Home style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Portuguese


Home Style Portuguese Shrimp and Chorizo, hosts wonderfully plump shrimp combined with green onion, chorizo, and some bay leaf, white wine, olives. As a result, a wonderfully fresh and bright dish that is nothing but a blessing to share with the one you love.


  • 300 g large shrimp
  • 60 g Chorizo sausage sliced into 6 mm rounds
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 stalks green onion dark greens removed cut into fine rounds
  • 10 g freshly chopped cilantro, divided
  • 9 grape tomatoes halved
  • 5 black olives halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch chili flakes
  • 1/8 cup white wine
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt and white pepper
  • 12 g melted butter


  1. Heat up olive oil, toss in chorizo and saute for a couple of minutes turning them so they get coated on both sides with the oil.
  2. Add in green onion and cook for a minute or until they turn translucent. Toss in paprika, bay leaf, chili flakes, garlic, 8 g of the cilantro and saute for a couple of minutes on medium heat until garlic starts to turn golden in color, 1 minute.
  3. Pour in wine and 3/4 of the tomatoes, stir cook for another minute then add shrimp and stir to make sure they get well coated with the sauce. Toss in the rest of the  tomatoes and cover, let simmer for about four  minutes or until shrimp start to turn opaque and tails curl in a bit.
  4. Take off heat, pour in melted butter, add in olives, and the last of the cilantro.
  5. Ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!


  1. Really watch the shrimp, it is very easy to overcook them and then they will be rubbery and dry. When they start to turn that opaque color that is when they are almost done.
  2. If you have a Cataplana pan use that.
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    Reply Wendy Klik November 10, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    This looks so very tasty. I am putting this on my to make list for sure.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 11, 2019 at 6:32 am

      So excited for you to try this Portuguese dish. Hve lots of fun making it.Thank you!

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    Reply Amy's Cooking Adventures November 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    What a colorful dish & a great blend of flavors!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 11, 2019 at 6:30 am

      Thank you always striving for presentation and flavor!

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    Reply Juli November 10, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    This looks so quick and full of amazing flavor!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 11, 2019 at 6:29 am

      It is takes about 20 minutes prep to finish and your right lots of flavor would be good with rice or even some good rustic crusty bread! Thank you!

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    Reply Margaret@Kitchen Frau November 11, 2019 at 7:10 am

    That shrimp and sausage combination, with all the other wonderful flavours added, looks like a winning combination. I love that it comes together so quickly! A feast for the eyes as well as the palate. It looks like my kind of meal – and I’ve got some shrimp and some chorizo in the freezer right now – lucky me!

    • Loreto Nardelli
      Reply Loreto Nardelli November 12, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you Margaret, yes you are going to love this dish. I love serving this tapas style because then you can keep cooking and sampling more wonderful food! How great is that?

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    Reply mimi rippee November 12, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I just love the combination of shrimp and chorizo. I probably never experienced it until I started making Creole recipes. I just placed an order for chorizo, among other meats, because the only kind I can find locally is Mexican chorizo, which is soft and really really greasy.

  • Loreto Nardelli
    Reply Loreto Nardelli November 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Good thing you can order some good Chorizo. The data greasy would not work well with this dish! Let us know how you make out and thank you for checking this out!😁😊

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    Reply kita November 18, 2019 at 11:56 am

    This recipe looks so incredibly homey and comforting. I love the flavor combo of shrimp and chorizo.

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