Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique

How to make a Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique.

This is a popular Portuguese dish that originated from Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony that borders the Indian Ocean where there are plenty of shrimp. You can serve it over steamed rice, pasta or couscous.

Ingredients: Serves 2-4

  • 2 lbs of raw, cleaned unpeeled shrimp
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon saffron, crushed and soaked in 2 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes
  • 3 dried piri piri peppers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2/3 can/bottle of beer
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter to finish
  • squeeze of lemon


  1. Combine and gently mix the garlic, saffron, crushed piri piri peppers, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, melt the butter and olive in a large saute pan.
  4. Add the onions and cook until they are soft.
  5. Add the garlic/saffron mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the beer, increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 2 minutes.
  8. Add the shrimp and 1/2 of the parsley.
  9. Cook until the shrimp are pink.
  10. Don’t overcook or they will be tough.
  11. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 1/2 tablespoon of butter.
  12. Add the squeeze of lemon.
  13. Taste the sauce and adjust the salt and pepper if needed.
  14. Sprinkle the remaning parsley over the shrimp.
  15. Serve immediately in a bowl with crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
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