Arepa with shrimp

Arepa with shrimp

The arepa with shrimp is the perfect combination of these delicious sautéed crustaceans, a sofrito that is like a sauce but better, and a homemade dough prepared toasted or steamed!

It’s an easy dish to prepare, delicious and you’ll be able to enjoy it as if you were on a beach in Venezuela.



  • 3 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves of garlic cut in thin slices
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (or other hot pepper), seeded and minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (3ml) olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh tomato
  • ¼ white or red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime juice to taste
  • 1 cup (24ml) mozzarella cheese


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  1. In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  2. Stir in the red pepper, jalapeños, tomatoes, red onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lime juice and orange juice. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until liquid is completely reduced. Stir in cilantro, season with salt and pepper, a little lime juice and remove from heat.
  3. FOR THE AREPAS: Add the water in a bowl, ¼ teaspoon of salt or pepper, add the flour little by little and stir until you get a dough that does not crack.
  4. Form dough balls with the flour, flatten them with your hands and then place them on a griddle previously heated over medium heat with 1 layer of oil on top. Cook arepas 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown, then remove.
  5. Cut arepas in half horizontally and spoon shrimp mixture into bottom half of arepa.
  6. Top shrimp with mozzarella and let it melt for a minute or two before adding the top half of the arepa. Serve immediately.


  • You can cook the shrimp with their tails on to get the maximum flavor and then remove them before filling the arepa, although you can remove them before cooking if you prefer.
  • Depending on the size of the shrimp, you could also cut them into pieces before filling the arepa.
  • You can top your arepa with mozzarella and shrimp, but you can also use any cheese you have. You can also leave out the cheese for a dairy-free version.
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