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Spanish shrimp and chickpea recipe

Spanish Shrimp with Chickpeas Recipe

This delicious Spanish shrimp with chickpeas recipe is easy to prepare and packs an intense flavor you'll want more of!
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Course: Stew
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 -4 servings
Calories: 486.15kcal


  • 8 Jumbo shrimp or scampi
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced (100g)
  • 2 carrots diced (100g)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 stalk of celery diced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh fennel diced (50g) - optional
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons brandy
  • 3 fresh tomatoes peeled and diced (or use high quality canned diced tomatoes)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Black pepper
  • 3 cups of fish stock
  • 1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas


  • Separate the heads of the shrimp and reserve. Peel the remainder of the shrimp, devein (take out the intestine) and reserve.
  • In a medium frying pan, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the shrimp heads for a few minutes, allowing them to release their flavor.
  • Remove the heads from the pan and sauté the diced onions and carrots until starting to brown (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the celery, fennel, and tomato paste, and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the brandy and the herbs, sauté for about a minute until some of the alcohol evaporates.
  • Add the fresh diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  • Then add the fish stock and cook over a medium simmer.
  • Reduce by about one third and remove the bay leaves.
  • Add high-quality chickpeas (jarred or pre-cooked) to the strained broth.
  • Cook over a slow heat for about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, coat the raw shrimp in olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Sauté over medium-high heat until just cooked.
  • Remove from heat.
  • You can either chop up and add the sautéed shrimp directly to the pot, or you can add a few jumbo shrimp to each person's dish in a more decorative way.
  • Season the stew with salt and pepper before serving. Enjoy!


Calories: 486.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.13g | Protein: 27.09g | Fat: 13.43g | Saturated Fat: 1.94g | Cholesterol: 60.48mg | Sodium: 1551.85mg | Potassium: 1656.94mg | Fiber: 15.54g | Sugar: 18.3g | Vitamin A: 12033.9IU | Vitamin C: 42.58mg | Calcium: 277.95mg | Iron: 6.27mg
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