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All Recipes, Main Dishes / July 28, 2023

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice | SERIOUSLY Delicious 30 Minute Recipe

These Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice, known as Gambas con Tomate y Arroz, are filled with flavors, easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. Serve this dish as a main course, next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a complete and delicious meal.

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice
To make this recipe I used red Argentinian shrimp I bought frozen & thawed out and where already peeled & deveined. However, you can use whatever type of shrimp you like. If shrimp is not your thing, you can also use scallops or even chunks of white fish.

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice
What really flavors this dish is the saffron and Spanish paprika. Two of the most important spices that are used in the Spanish kitchen. Of course, you can also add in other spices and herbs if you like. Though these two alone, give this dish that magical Spanish flavor.

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used long grain rice, which takes about 15 minutes to cook. You can use other types of rice. Just check the package instructions, as the liquid to rice ratios and cooking times will vary.

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice
5 from 1 vote

Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 387 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1 cup long grain rice 180 grams
  • 2 cups water 480 ml
  • pinch sea salt


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 14.5 oz can tomato sauce 410 grams
  • 1 lbs raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) 450 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. To make the rice, add the water into a sauce pan, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat, meanwhile, add the rice into a fine sieve and rinse under water, once the water comes to a boil in the sauce pan, add in the rice, give it a quick mix, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low medium heat

  2. While the rice is cooking, make the smoky Spanish shrimp, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. Add the shrimp over some paper towels and pat dry, then season with sea salt & black pepper

  4. Once the oil is nice and hot but not smoking, add the shrimp into the pan, all in a single layer, cook for 30 seconds per side, then remove from the pan and set aside

  5. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the onion, green bell pepper and garlic, mix continuously, after 4 to 5 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika and saffron, quickly mix together, then add in the canned tomato sauce and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  6. After simmering the rice for 15 minutes and it´s fully cooked through (check rice package instructions), remove from the heat, using a fork gently fluff the rice, then add into serving dishes

  7. Once the tomato sauce has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes of simmering, add in the shrimp, mix together and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through, then remove from the heat, top each plate of rice with the shrimp & sauce and sprinkle with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron and Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Spanish Shrimp with Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 1140mg50%
Potassium 591mg17%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1006IU20%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ally

    5 stars
    Oh my. So good. I recently discovered smoked paprika, and I put in everything. Only thing I did differently was add a couple of ribs of celery which needed to be used. Wonderful dish!

    06 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      06 . Aug . 2023
  2. Nelson Martinez

    Followed your recipe to a T…. it was amazing,,,,,Thank you

    30 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      31 . Jul . 2023
  3. Darlene Bichsel


    29 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you liked it! Much love 🙂

      29 . Jul . 2023
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i uase tofu and skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of green bell pepper i never had smoky spanish shrimp with rice before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    28 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      28 . Jul . 2023

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