Desert Drowned Shrimp

Updated February 23, 2016
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This simple but unusual preparation comes from the desert country of Arizona, where farmers actually raise shrimp commercially today.

An old folk saying, or dicho, teaches the importance of staying alert and prepared. It goes, “Camarón que se duerme se lo neva la corriente,” or “The shrimp that sleeps is carried away by the stream.”

Serves4 to 6



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, low calorie, low carb, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes



Taste and Texturejuicy, spiced, tangy, tart


  • 2 pounds medium or large shrimp, unshelled
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-ground black pepper
  • Lime and lemon wedges, for garnish


Place the shrimp in a saucepan. Add the lime and lemon juices, water, and salt and bring just to a boil. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish, refrigerate it, and marinate the shrimp in the liquid for 45 to 60 minutes.

Drain the shrimp and add the oil and pepper to them. The shrimp can be served immediately or refrigerated for several more hours before serving. Arrange the shrimp on a decorative platter, garnished with lime and lemon. Since the shrimp are intended to be peeled at the table, supply plenty of napkins.



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