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Shrimp Brochettes

These brochettes are very special because the shrimps’ flavor when they are fried is quite good and if we add to this that they come marinated in achiote salsa , the flavor becomes sensational.

– The achiote salsa gives to the food a flavor that is strong, peppery, spicy. slightly smoky and with nutty notes. All this combination generates very interesting effects when it is united with the delicate and sweetish flavor of the shrimps.

But that’s not all because
the color that the shrimps acquire is spectacular since they turn into an intense red color. A color that really whets the appetite. The achiote’s color is so beautiful that even the Mayans used it to paint.

This dish is
flexible because it can be served as appetizer or as a main course and for garnish it can be added: white rice , pot beans or a salad. Oh and don’t forget that these shrimps are excellent for a barbecue with friends.

About the Recipe

  • Preparing this recipe is easy, only a salsa has to be prepared and then the shrimps are fried.
  • Preferably buy large shrimps so it will be easier to make the brochettes.
  • If you are going to prepare this recipe on the grill. Leave soaking the brochette skewers in water for 1 hour, before using them so they won’t burn.
  • In this recipe the brochettes only have shrimps but more ingredients can be added like: onion, mushrooms, zucchinis, bell pepper, pineapple, etc.
  • The preparation time is of and the marinade of 2 hours.
  • Recipe for 4 persons.


  • 28.2 oz of Shrimps
  • 1/2 Achiote Paste bar (1.7 oz)
  • 2 Limes (2.1 oz)
  • 1 Orange (8.8 oz)
  • 1/4 of an Onion (1.2 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of White Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Food Container with Lid
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Mixing Spatula
  • 1 Knife
  • 4 Brochette Skewers
  • 1 Orange Squeezer (optional)
  • 1 Lime Squeezer (optional)

  • Directions

    Prepare the Shrimps

    1. Peel 28.2 oz of shrimps.
    2. Remove the head of the shrimps that were peeled and the vein that is located in the upper back.
    3. Put in a food container the shrimps with the ones you worked and reserve.

    Prepare the Marinade

    1. Put in a blender:
    • 1/2 Achiote Paste bar.
    • The juice of 2 Limes.
    • The juice of 1 Orange.
    • 1/4 of an Onion.
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano.
    • 2 tablespoons of White Vinegar.
    • Pepper to taste.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients.
    2. Pour in the food container, where the shrimps are, the salsa that was blended.
    3. Mix very well the food container ingredients with a mixing spatula.
    4. Cover the food container, put it in the fridge and leave the shrimps marinating for 2 hours, so the flavors mix.

    Fry the Shrimps

    1. Take from the fridge the shrimps and insert them in 4 brochette skewers, in such a way that they end up in the form of a “C". Then set aside.

    If you want to put more ingredients in between the shrimps this is the moment.

    1. Heat in a frying pan over medium heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Incorporate in the frying pan the achiote shrimp brochettes that were made and fry them for about 4 minutes, until they are moderately fried; move them regularly with some tongs.

    Careful! Don’t fry the shrimps for a long time because their consistency becomes rubbery and they lose flavor.

    Shrimps + Salsa =
    A Delicious Combination

    Achiote Shrimp Brochettes over lettuces

    Recommendation: If you liked this recipe, you cannot miss trying the tacos al pastor because the meat is also marinated in a salsa that is very similar to this one.

    Variation: Taste the shrimps with another type of salsa – devil shrimps.

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