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mofongo con camarones mashed fried plantains with shrimp tomato sauce recipe

Mofongo con Camarones (Mashed Plantains with Shrimp)

Mofongo con Camarones is a traditional Puerto Rican dish, that is easy to make, and is filled with deliciousness flavor!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Puerto Rican
Keyword caribbean food, plantain, puerto rican recipe, sofrito
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 whole green plantains
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 10 pieces chicharrónes
  • 2 tbsp sofrito
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup onion chopped
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt for taste


  1. Begin by heating a medium frying pan of three teaspoons of oil. Add the sofrito, garlic, and onion into the pan over high heat. Sauté and stir the ingredients for three to five minutes.

  2. Next, lower the heat to simmer and pour the tomato sauce into the frying pan. Also, stir in the medium shrimp and water. Set aside and stir occasionally. Once shrimp are pink, place heat to lowest setting. 

  3. Heat frying oil in a separate large pan. Place piece by piece of the chicharrónes and deep fry them. Set aside over a wire rack or bowl with a paper towel to cool and soak remaining oil. 

  4. Peel and chop the green plantains into 1-inch slices. Then, fry the green plantain slices until golden color. Set aside over wire rack. Place three to five fried plantain slices inside pilón while adding chopped up chicharrónes and salt. Mash the ingredients together. You may add a little bit of the cooked shrimp liquid while mashing if the mofongo is too dry. However, make sure mofongo is dry enough to shape. 

  5. Finally, continue until desired mofongo serving amount inside pilón. While serving, shape mofongo into a ball and place onto the plate and flatten the top. Place shrimp over mofongo and pour liquid over the shrimp. Garnish with cilantro and salt for taste.

Recipe Notes

  1. Chicharrónes are optional or can be replaced by bacon or ham.
  2. Minced garlic is usually mashed in the mofongo with chicharrónes, but since the shrimp sauce is very garlicky; I prefer no additional garlic. 
  3. If shrimp sauce is too thick for preference, you may add a little bit of water.
  4. It is best served while mofongo is still hot.