The Shrimp Mofongo

Total Time:
20 min
10 min
Inactive Prep:
10 min
2 servings


  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons shrimp stock or fish fumet
  • 12 shrimp, size 41/50
  • 1/2 leaf fresh culantro, minced


Cook's Note: If culantro is unavailable, substitute with fresh cilantro.

Heat oil to 350 degrees F.

Fry the plantains for about 3 minutes, and then remove and let rest for 1 minute.

Press down the fried plantains to 1/4-inch thick with a flat clever or other flat object, and then refry until golden and crunchy.

Mash the whole garlic clove in a mortar. Add 10 plantain chips, the vinegar, 1 tablespoon canola oil, and a pinch of salt and black pepper and mash until you reach a soft silky consistency. Roll the mixture into a ball to create the Mofongo ball.

Saute the onions, peppers and tomatoes over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, and then add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the tomato puree and cook for about 1 minute. Add the shrimp stock, shrimp and a dash of salt and black pepper and continue cooking until the shrimp is pink, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and fold in the culantro.

Serve the Mofongo ball in the sauce with the shrimp and remaining plantain chips.

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