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shrimp cooked in a tomato and chili sauce topped with diced green onion and cilantro on a white serving platter
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How to Make Shrimp Diablo

In this Mexican dish, fiery shrimp are marinated and cooked in a spicy homemade chili and tomato sauce. Diablo shrimp, also known as “camarones a la diabla” translates in English to “deviled shrimp”.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 30 minute meal, chili, easy recipe, sauteed, shellfish, shrimp, spicy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 dried guajillo chilies, stem and seeds removed
  • 6 chiles de arbol, stem and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Kosher salt, as needed

For serving:

  • pound extra jumbo, 16/20 count shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium serrano, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced on the bias, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

For the sauce:

  • Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat through. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and no longer opaque, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil then add the guajillo chilies and chiles de arbol. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 10 minutes until the chilies are rehydrated and the sauce is slightly thickened.
  • Let the sauce cool, then add to a blender and puree until completely smooth. Stir in lemon juice and season the sauce to taste with salt.

For serving:

  • Add the shrimp to a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour the chili sauce over the top and marinate for about 10 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet pan over medium high heat, add the remaining oil and heat through. Working in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan, remove the shrimp from the marinade, shaking off any excess and add to the pan. Cook the shrimp until pink and no longer translucent, about 1 minute per side.
  • Remove the cooked shrimp to a platter and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  • If you want more of a sauce return the pan to medium-low heat, add the remaining marinade to the pan and reduce by half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Toss with the cooked shrimp.
  • Top the cooked shrimp with serrano, green onions and cilantro. Serve immediately.