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Get a kick from this healthy and delicious shrimp veracruz recipe

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Rachel Neal, American

“Shrimp Veracruz is one of my go-to recipes. It’s delicious, healthy and so simple. Add heat with extra jalapeños or crushed red pepper flakes. I like to serve it with couscous since it absorbs the flavour so well.”

Expat Living reader, Rachel Neal

Shrimp Veracruz

Serves 4


  • olive oil spray
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 average jalapeño pepper, cored, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 500 grams peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro (coriander), minced


  1. Coat a 30cm non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Add onion, jalapeños and garlic. Sauté over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add shrimp, sauté for one minute, stirring frequently.
  2. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer until shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Simmer one more minute so the flavours blend.
  4. Serve with couscous.

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