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Spicy Shrimp Veracruz with rice.

Spicy Shrimp Veracruz

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Shrimp Veracruz – my new favorite recipe!! Juicy shrimp in a pepper / tomato spicy, briny sauce served over rice. Oh my gosh, THIS IS SO GOOD.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 810 sweet mini peppers, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 1 cup water (see notes)
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (see notes)
  • rice for serving
  • lemon or lime (optional)


  1. PEPPERS: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute peppers for 5-10 minutes until they’re nice and soft.
  2. TOMATOES AND STUFF: Turn the heat down to medium (to avoid burning the garlic). Add the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños, capers, raisins, oregano, and salt. Saute for 5-10 minutes until it’s all fragrant and yummy and the tomatoes have released some of their juices.
  3. SAUCE HAPPENING: Add the wine – sizzzzzzle. Add the water, a little at a time, and simmer for another 5-ish minutes until it’s moderately saucy.
  4. SHRIMP: Place the shrimp on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with more salt / pepper. Cook on one side for 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes.
  5. DONE! Serve the saucy, briny, moderately spicy goods over hot steaming rice. Squeeze a lemon or lime over the top to be totally extra.


I recommend using a very wide skillet so you can fit all your shrimp in a beautiful single layer on top! If you can’t fit them, you can also just stir them into the sauce and let them cook for a few minutes that way.

I like to add the water a little bit at a time, so I start with about 1/2 cup, and then add 1/4 cup as it simmers down. You can play with the texture of the sauce by adding liquid – wine, lemon juice, water, etc. But you can’t take OUT liquid, so just add carefully. 🙂

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: shrimp veracruz, spicy shrimp veracruz