Cauche de Camarones: A Delightful Ecuadorian Shrimp Stew

Cauche de Camarones: A Delightful Ecuadorian Shrimp Stew

Cauche de Camarones is a luscious, creamy shrimp stew hailing from Ecuador. It’s a delightful mix of tender shrimp, velvety cheese, and rich coconut milk. Each spoonful offers a burst of flavors, making it an ideal comfort food for those who enjoy seafood with a touch of tropical flair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 2 cups (160g) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder (annatto)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  2. Stir in the achiote powder and ground cumin, and cook for another minute.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and regular milk, and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Gradually add the grated mozzarella cheese, stirring constantly until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the pot. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through and opaque.
  6. Season the stew with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Ladle the Cauche de Camarones into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

Enjoy your flavorful and creamy Cauche de Camarones as a main dish, paired with rice or crusty bread to soak up every bit of the delectable stew!