Saucy Tamarind Shrimp


There’s this Cuban dish called “camarones enchilados” and it was one of my favorites. A saucy skillet of perfeclty browned onions and garlic swimming in rich tomato sauce with big juicy shrimp. Served over a bowl of white rice. That. Was. My. JAM!

Keyword: WAS.

Tomatoes are no long a part of my life. They were toxic and detrimental to my well being so I thought it best that we not see each other anymore. Sure it’s been difficult. Sometimes I really miss them, I have so many fond memories with tomato. Farmer’s market, marinara, pizza. But you know, things have been better since I met someone new. They’re sweet and good for me, but still have that little tartness that I like.

I want to introduce you to: Tamarind.

Sure tamarind kind of looks like poop, but I’m not shallow ?

This weird little fruit has been a life saver for me. With a hard, wood like shell that crumbles when crushed, sticky meat and huge seeds, it’s kind of a bitch to eat… but when it’s boiled… it releases the hard fibers and large seeds with ease. The sticky meat falls apart and then you can work with it to make a paste and incorporate it in to numerous dishes. The flavor is naturally sweet yet very tart. A delicious and satisfying combination I can’t get enough of. I only find fresh tamarind at my local Whole Foods in the fridge section part of the produce, next to salad greens.

That all being said… you can buy tamarind paste concentrate on Amazon. I have a link to one in the sidebar. I use that a lot too. You just mix it with some warm water and you can save yourself the time and the mess of boiling down the pods. Again, up to you. I do it both ways, depends on my time and mood.

I think this easy, light dish is a perfect way to introduce tamarind to your diet.

Next try my BBQ Sauce…. seriously. Fall in love with tamarind and kick those inflammatory tomatoes to the curb.

Wondering why I hate tomatoes… just kidding, I will always love them… they hate me… Read This. 

Saucy Tamarind Shrimp
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
744 calories
28 g
957 g
22 g
104 g
4 g
1582 g
7951 g
16 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 744
Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 957mg
Sodium 7951mg
Total Carbohydrates 28g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 16g
Protein 104g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb wild caught jumbo shrimp
  2. 1 tsp ground ginger
  3. 1 tsp dried cilantro
  4. 1 tsp dried tarragon
  5. 1 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1-2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  7. 2 tbsp bone broth
  8. 1/2 cup tamarind paste (homemade)
  9. Tamarind Paste
  10. 7-9 tamarind pods
  11. 3- 4 cups filtered water
  1. Peel & clean shrimp.
  2. Toss in oil, seasoning & set aside.
  3. Peel your tamarind, place it in a small sauce pot & just cover with water.
  4. Bring to a simmer. Let it simmer until the flesh is falling apart, up to 30 minutes, but you can take it off in as little as 10 minutes, you will just get less out of your tamarind.
  5. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour tamarind water mix in to it, a little at a time. Using a spoon mush it and stir it. Scrape underneath the mesh as this is where the tamarind paste will be. When done, set aside.
  6. Repeat adding, scraping etc until you have a good amount of tamarind paste 4-8oz.
  7. Heat a large skillet on high, add oiled and seasoned shrimp when it's hot.
  8. Sprinkle salt all over it.
  9. Sautée until pink on both sides, about 4 minutes.
  10. Then add in tamarind and 2 tbsp broth.
  11. Simmer on medium heat for another 3-4 minutes before serving.
  12. Garnish with lemon. Enjoy!
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