Jumbo Shrimp w/ Tomato Fricassee & Strawberries + Plantain Mashed

Prep Time:  50mins

Cook Time: 30mins

Total time: 1hr 20mins

Yield: 8 servings



  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 1 Anaheim chile, seeds removed
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Splash distilled vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chile oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch small carrots peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • Pepper
  • 4 pounds jumbo shrimp, unpeeled but deveined
  • 1 teaspoon achiote molido
  • Reserved cooking liquid from plantains or vegetable stock or water
  • 2 cups large strawberries, hulled and halved


For the sofrito: Combine the onion, Anaheim chile, bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, vinegar and some salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend. 

For the shrimp and sauce: Pour in half of the chile oil in a large saucepan and heat over a medium-high flame. Add the onions, sprinkle with salt, and sweat them. Add the carrots and cook until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and bell peppers, and cook until softened. Add the tomatoes. Then add the cumin, smoked paprika, hot paprika and rosemary. Simmer on low heat until all the veggies are soft and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Meanwhile in another pan, heat the remaining chile oil. Add 2 tablespoons of the sofrito to the pan to heat through. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with the achiote, mixing thoroughly. Cover and simmer until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, 8 minutes. Once cooked, transfer the shrimp and the remaining liquid to the veggies. The sauce should be thick, but not sticky. If the sauce is too thick, it can be thinned with some plantain water. Add the strawberries and cook an additional 5 minutes before serving. 

Notes: Kelis utilizes the cooking water from her Plantain Mash recipe to thin out the sauce, but you can substitute with vegetable stock or water. 

The sofrito can be made ahead of time and kept frozen or refrigerated.

Plantain Mashed

Prep Time:  35mins

Cook Time: 25mins

Total time: 1hr

Yield: 8 servings


  • Salt
  • 10 sweet (yellow/black) plantains
  • 8 ounces butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whipping cream, warmed
  • Black pepper


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Peel and cut the plantains in half crosswise. Boil the plantains until soft, 10 to 15 minutes depending on ripeness.
  3. Drain the water or reserve for another use. (Kelis sets aside the plantain cooking water to thin out the sauce in her Jumbo Shrimp with Tomato Fricassee and Strawberries recipe.) Add the butter to the plantains and mash with a potato masher, then add the warmed whipping cream. Combine until smooth, and add salt and pepper to taste.