Mediterranean Feast: Saffron Arroz Con Camarones Recipe

Picture this – a plate of glistening yellow rice, dotted with succulent shrimp, bursting with flavors of garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Sounds mouthwatering, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what you can expect from my Saffron Arroz Con Camarones recipe.

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisines, I often find inspiration in the diverse flavors each culture offers. This fusion recipe is a perfect example of how marrying two cultures’ culinary sensibilities can create a dish that is not only flavorful but also visually appealing.

The star ingredient of this recipe is saffron strands. It infuses the rice with an aromatic earthiness that perfectly complements the sweetness of shrimp. The subtle smokiness from the oniony garlic and the crispness of green bell pepper elevate the dish to a new level.

I promise you – one bite of this Saffron Arroz Con Camarones recipe will transport you to tropical paradise. So let’s get started on this culinary journey!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Saffron Arroz Con Camarones (Saffron Rice With Shrimp)
Saffron Arroz Con Camarones (Saffron Rice With Shrimp)

You want to know why you’ll love this recipe? Let me tell you, my dear friend. This is not your ordinary rice and shrimp dish. This is a saffron arroz con camarones recipe that will take your taste buds on an adventure through the flavors of Brazil and Spain.

First of all, let’s talk about the rice. We’re using short-grain rice, which lends itself perfectly to absorbing all of the delicious flavors we’re about to add to it. But not just any short-grain rice – we’re using yellow saffron rice, also known as arroz amarillo. The warm color of the rice evokes memories of a sunny day spent in a tropical paradise.

Now let’s talk about the shrimp. We’re going with medium-sized shrimp that are deveined and ready to be cooked to perfection. These little guys are going to soak up all of the savory ingredients we’re adding to create a mouthwatering flavor profile.

What really sets this recipe apart from others is the combination of spices and aromatics that come together in perfect harmony. We’ve got garlic, onion, green bell peppers, bay leaf, cumin, and oregano – all traditional flavors found in Latin American cuisine. But here’s the kicker: we’re adding Spanish saffron threads for an extra punch of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

If that isn’t enough to sell you on this recipe, let me tell you about how easy it is to make. You’ll be able to whip up this saffron arroz con camarones in no time – under 30 minutes! Plus, with a list of easy substitutions and variations available, you can make it your own and experiment with different flavor profiles.

So there you have it. With its bold colors, exotic flavors, and simple preparation, this saffron arroz con camarones recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Trust me when I say that you won’t be able to resist coming back for seconds.

Ingredient List

 A plate of sunshine! Our saffron arroz con camarones will brighten your day.
A plate of sunshine! Our saffron arroz con camarones will brighten your day.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this savory dish:

For the Saffron Rice:

  • 2 cups of short-grain rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of saffron strands
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of Spanish olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon of Spanish olive oil
  • 1 small, finely chopped onion
  • 1 large, finely diced green bell pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • One can of tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine
  • juice of one whole lemon
  • salt to taste

Don’t hesitate to get creative! These are just the basics for this saffron rice with shrimp recipe, but feel free to add in your favorite veggies or seasonings to make it your own.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly cooked rice with plump, juicy shrimp - a match made in heaven.
Perfectly cooked rice with plump, juicy shrimp – a match made in heaven.

Step 1: Preparing the Rice
* In a large pot, add 2 cups of short-grain rice and rinse it twice until the water runs clear. Drain.
* Add 2 cups of water, 1 bay leaf, and a pinch of salt to the pot. Place it over high heat until the water starts boiling. Lower the heat to the minimum and cook for 20 minutes, covered.

Step 2: Preparing the Shrimp
* In a skillet, heat Spanish olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 diced onion, 1 diced green bell pepper, and 3 minced garlic cloves. Cook until they become translucent.
* Add 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
* Dissolve a pinch of saffron strands in 1/4 cup of dry white wine. Add to the skillet.
* Add salt, fresh ground black pepper, a pinch of dry oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, and a 7 oz can of tomato sauce. Stir well and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Step 3: Combining Rice and Shrimp
* In a small bowl, combine saffron threads with hot water (1/4 cup). Let it dissolve for a couple of minutes.
* Add saffron mixture to the rice pot, along with the shrimp mixture. Stir well.
* Cover and cook over low heat for an additional 10-15 minutes until the liquid has been completely absorbed by the rice.

Step 4: Serving
* Remove bay leaf before serving.
* Sprinkle chopped parsley on top if desired.

Enjoy your delicious dish of Saffron Arroz Con Camarones!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of this dish will make your mouth water before you even take a bite.
The aroma of this dish will make your mouth water before you even take a bite.

As a chef, I know that sometimes we don’t have all the ingredients on hand, or we might want to put our own spin on a classic recipe. That’s why I’m here to provide you with some substitutions and variations for this delicious saffron arroz con camarones recipe!

If you don’t have saffron on hand, you can use turmeric instead. Turmeric will give the rice a similar yellow color and add a nice warm flavor to it. You can also opt for smoked paprika that will add depth and subtle smoky notes.

If you’re not a fan of shrimp, you can substitute it with other seafood such as clams, mussels or crab meat. Alternatively, you can make it completely vegetarian by using vegetable or chicken broth instead of fish broth and add some vegetables like artichokes, asparagus or peas.

To keep this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free chicken broth or vegetable broth and choose chorizo or sausage without additives containing grains like wheat.

For an extra taste of spice, you can substitute the green bell pepper for jalapenos or red chili flakes. It will give the dish an added kick that will take your tastebuds on a wild ride!

Overall, don’t be afraid to experiment and try different variations based on your preferences! This recipe is very flexible and adaptable to suit your personal taste.

Serving and Pairing

 Transport yourself to the tropics with the flavors of our saffron-infused rice and savory shrimp.
Transport yourself to the tropics with the flavors of our saffron-infused rice and savory shrimp.

When serving your saffron arroz con camarones, you want to ensure that the dish is the shining star on the plate by keeping other sides simple. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a touch of color and freshness.

Sipping on a crisp cold beer, like a light lager, is a classic pairing to the savory flavors of this dish. For those who prefer wine, a dry white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc works well as it helps cut through the richness of the shrimp and rice.

If you’re looking to pair your saffron arroz con camarones with non-alcoholic beverages, try serving it alongside a refreshing beverage like lemonade or iced tea to accentuate the bright lemon flavors in the dish.

This dish can be enjoyed on its own or with side dishes like sliced avocados or roasted vegetables. Don’t forget to share your favorite serving and pairing ideas!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Saffron adds its unique flavor to this classic Latin American dish.
Saffron adds its unique flavor to this classic Latin American dish.

This Saffron Arroz Con Camarones recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer for future meals. To make ahead, follow the recipe instructions and cook the rice and shrimp separately. Combine them together only when you are ready to serve the dish.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, add a splash of water or stock to prevent the rice from drying out. You may also use a microwave or stovetop to reheat, but make sure to stir occasionally.

For longer storage, freeze the dish without combining the rice and shrimp. When ready to serve, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat thoroughly on the stovetop. Add a bit of water or stock to help with consistency.

If you have any leftover cooked shrimp, you can use them in salads or sandwiches for a quick meal on the go.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This is no ordinary rice and shrimp dish - the addition of saffron makes it something special.
This is no ordinary rice and shrimp dish – the addition of saffron makes it something special.

Cooking arroz con camarones is easy, but getting the perfect results can be a little tricky. After many trials and errors in the kitchen, I have put together a list of tips that will guarantee you a delicious and mouth-watering saffron rice with shrimp.

1. Use the Right Rice

For the perfect yellow or saffron rice, use short-grain rice. Short-grain rice has a higher starch content than long-grain rice, making it more absorbent and resulting in a creamier texture.

2. Sauté the Rice First

Sautéing the rice before cooking will give it a nutty flavor and prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add rice and stir until it turns golden brown.

3. Use High-Quality Ingredients

The quality of your ingredients will significantly affect the final outcome of your dish. Always use fresh and high-quality ingredients, such as extra-virgin olive oil, Spanish saffron strands, dry white wine, and ripe tomatoes.

4. Don’t Overcook the Shrimp

To ensure your shrimp stays juicy and tender, do not overcook them. The shrimp should turn pink within just a few minutes of cooking time. If left to cook too long, they will become rubbery and less flavorful.

5. Add Garlic at the Right Time

Garlic is an essential ingredient in this recipe as it adds a pungent aroma and flavor to the dish. However, adding garlic too early can cause it to burn and become bitter. Wait until you’ve sautéed the rice before adding garlic to avoid burning.

6. Dissolve Saffron in Hot Liquid First

Saffron can be tricky to work with as it clumps together when added directly to hot liquid. To ensure even distribution of flavor throughout your dish, dissolve saffron strands first in hot liquid such as warm water, wine or broth.

By following these tips for perfect results, you can take your saffron arroz con camarones dish to the next level. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions of ingredients to find what works best for you.

Bottom Line

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In conclusion, this saffron arroz con camarones recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves flavorful and satisfying meals. Its vibrant yellow color makes it visually enticing while the combination of short-grain rice, saffron strands, tomato sauce, and succulent medium shrimp make it savory and memorable.

By following the recipe how-to provided, you can easily prepare a delicious authentic meal that will make everyone’s taste buds sing with delight. The ingredients list is easy to obtain at any local grocery store and the cooking directions are straightforward.

Additionally, this dish is versatile and can be adjusted to suit individual preferences by using substitutions or variations provided in the article. You can also make it ahead of time, ensuring that your party or dinner stays enjoyable without the added stress of cook time.

Overall, whether you’re looking for something new to bring to a potluck or simply want to impress friends and family with a delightful meal, saffron arroz con camarones is an excellent choice. So why not add this beautifully flavored rice shrimp recipe to your menu rotation? Trust me; your stomach will thank you!

Saffron Arroz Con Camarones (Saffron Rice With Shrimp)

Saffron Arroz Con Camarones (Saffron Rice With Shrimp) Recipe

This is another Cuban recipe I picked up. It is outstanding. You can go with regular white rice here, but breakdown and buy the Valencia rice online if you don't have it locally. It holds more liquid and gives your meal a more authentic look
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Calories 598.3 kcal


  • 2 lbs medium shrimp
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup Spanish olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 saffron strands, toasted in a dry skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups valencia short-grain rice


  • Shell, devein and refrigerate shrimp.
  • Place shrimp shells in a saucepan with the water and boil about 15 minutes. Strain and reserve 3 cups of the water (adjust for serving changes). Discard the shells.
  • In a shallow pan, heat the oil over medium heat until fragrant and saute shrimp quickly, just until they turn pink. Refrigerate again.
  • In the same oil, saute the onion and bell pepper until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, wine, salt, pepper, saffron, cumin, oregano and bay leaf and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add the rice and the reserved shrimp water. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the pan and cook gently for about 30 minutes until the rice is tender and almost dry. Add the shrimp 5 minutes before the rice is done.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 505gCalories: 598.3kcalCarbohydrates: 60.1gProtein: 25.9gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1362mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Caribbean, Cuban, Lunch, Rice
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.