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  • Albondigas de Camaron (Shrimp Meatballs) Recipe
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Albondigas de Camaron (Shrimp Meatballs) Recipe

Albondigas de Camaron (Shrimp Meatballs) Recipe

Recipes for this traditional Lenten dish can be found in both the Wild Horse Desert, and in the coastal state of Veracruz, Mexico.


Albondigas de Camaron (Shrimp Meatballs) Recipe



1 lb tomatoes
2-3 chile Serrano
1 clove garlic, peeled
salt and pepper to taste


1 lb uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 egg
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

corn oil for frying


How to Make Albondigas de Camaron


Heat a comal (griddle) or skillet on the stove, and lightly coat with oil. Add the whole tomatoes and chiles, and roast them until they have blackened in a few places. Remove from the heat, peel and core the tomatoes, cut in half and remove the seeds. Remove the tops of the chiles.  Place the tomatoes and chiles in a food processor, and add the clove of garlic. Process until the sauce is smooth. Pour the sauce in to a small skillet, and bring to a simmer, reducing the liquid (about 10 minutes.) Set the sauce aside while you prepare the albondigas.

Place the uncooked shrimp in a food processor, and pulse until the shrimp become a chunky paste. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the shrimp paste to a mixing bowl. Add the egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well.  The mixture will thicken slightly once the bread crumbs have absorbed some moisture.

Add approximately 1”of corn oil to a 10” skillet, and heat on the stove. Once it is hot, form walnut sized balls with the shrimp mixture, and carefully place in the hot oil. Fry one side until the shrimp turns pink, about 3 minutes, and then flip to the other side for another 3 minutes. Remove the cooked albondiga from the hot oil, and drain on paper toweling. Serve hot with the sauce.

Serves 4

Tip: The albondigas are a bit delicate, so turn them very carefully when cooking. Serve with beans and rice.

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    Melissa Guerra