Portuguese Spicy Shrimp

It’s Party time! This recipe is my family’s favorite. I make it for every celebration because it’s easy, delicious and meant to be shared.

You can make it as mild or as spicy as you like just by adding more Piri Piri sauce, Tabasco, or your favorite hot sauce.

Basically it’s like a party in a pan!…Serve with a very dry white wine such as; Portuguese Vinho Verde, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or  Gewurztraminer.

Make sure you have fresh crusty bread for dipping into the sauce.

Watch my appearance on WWLP Springfield last year on Valentines Day.


2 pounds uncooked shrimp (30-40 size, unpeeled, defrosted )

1 very small onion (finely chopped)

3 tbsp Olive Oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 Chicken Bouillon cube

1/4 cup Portuguese Vinho Verde or very dry white wine

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp corn starch

2-3 tsp  Piri Piri or Tabasco or any hot sauce (Add more if you like it really hot)

1/2 cup water


1. In a large skillet saute onions in olive oil on med heat until translucent but not browned.

2. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 min. Stir

3. Add the paprika, salt, bouillon cube, wine and Tabasco. Stir and Cook for 1 minute.

4. Make a slurry with 1/4 – 1/2 cup water and corn starch-(mix together in small cup until the corn starch is dissolved)   Stir into the shrimp.

5. Cook until the sauce thickens and the shrimp are pink. Taste the sauce and add more salt or Tabasco if desired.


Do not over cook or they will become chewy.

Serve in deep side  with crusty Bread on the side for dipping.

Add more hot sauce or Tabasco, or even Jalapeno peppers,  if you like it really hot


Tia Maria

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  1. Lucy says:

    thx for the recipe!!

  2. Tia Maria says:

    Hi Lucy,
    You’re going to love it. Make extra because they’re just as good the next day.


  3. Carol Beauregard says:

    HI Maria,

    This recipe sounds fantastic, I am defiantly going to try it. It feels like Rosa is teaching me to cook again. Thanks for the memories.

    You are a huge hit at what you are doing. Keep up the great work.

  4. Tia Maria says:

    You will love this recipe! It’s so easy and delicious..Thanks for stopping by the site..Come back soon! Tia Maria

  5. Denise says:

    Thanks for the mention on your post. My other half is Portuguese – his family is 1st generation for the Azores. We have a fun recipes on our site and hope to add more family Portuguese meals this year.

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