Shrimp and other seafood tapas are extremely popular throughout Spain. This should come as no surprise given Spain’s extensive coastline. Shrimp with tomatoes and onions is a healthy and different alternative to the more common Shrimp Scampi.
Shrimp tapas come in many varieties. I’ve chosen a simple yet delicious preparation that works well as a tapas dish as well as topping for rice or pasta. This dish calls for Roma tomatoes which can present a problem during the frigid winters of the northern US where I happen to live. Sadly, tomatoes in winter tend to look rather anemic. But, fear not! It is perfectly okay to used canned tomatoes-diced work especially well.
The only thing that is absolutely necessary to have for this dish is plenty of fresh, warm crusty bread-baguette is my preference. I recently prepared this dish for a small gathering at our home, and it went over very well. I was thrilled since it was the first time I was making it and my guests, the unsuspecting guinea pigs, loved it.
One thing that I find especially pleasing about this dish is the absence of garlic. Not that I don’t like garlic, I love it!!! However, I find that the absence of garlic in this particular case works well since it allows for the natural sweetness of the shrimp to really shrine through. The contrast of the red from the shrimp and the green of the parsley make this dish pleasing to the eye.
Shrimp with tomatoes and onions has a delicate flavor, that doesn’t overpower the palate. The delicious sauce just calls for you to dip as many pieces of crusty bread as you can possibly eat. The aroma of this dish is deep and pleasant without being overpowering. This is definitely one that I will be making time and time again.
If you want to bring the flavors of Spain to your home I have several great recipes to share with you.
Prueba de cerdo is a classic tapas dish of thinly sliced marinated pork with Spanish paprika that is grilled fast and is so easy to make.
Spanish chorizo in red wine sauce is a great dish to pair with some tempranillo or rioja.
Croquetas de jamón y pollo take a little effort but you will be rewarded with a delicious appetizer that is crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
If you visit bars in Spain one popular tapas dish is mushrooms in sherry sauce served on a nice crusty bread.
Empanadas are savory turnovers filled with meat or cheese. Most are fried but I like to cheat and bake mine using pre-made pie crust.
Shrimp with Tomatoes and Onions
Here is a classic Spanish tapas dish with shrimp, tomatoes, onions and cooked in a dry white wine sauce. A little red pepper flake give it some heat. You will love this gambas con tomate y cebolla appetizer dish and it is so easy to make.
Optional: 2 oz grated Manchego cheese
- In a large skillet, sauté the onion in olive oil on low until onion is translucent.
- Add the tomatoes, wine, oregano, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until thick.
- Add the shrimp and cook until pink.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley and Manchego cheese.
- Make sure plenty of warm crusty bread is on hand.