Albóndigas de Camarón
One of my childhood favorites Albóndigas are comfort in a bowl. One of the many dishes my mom is known for. No one could resist her Albóndigas, even to this day the smell drives me to a state of giddy joy. Growing up she would make over sized Albóndigas for us kids. One placed in the center of a bowl swimming in a broth so flavorful the table hummed with the echo of children slurping. Served with piping hot corn tortillas and a drizzle of salsa ~ pure happiness.
Throughout the year I make Albóndigas from ground beef, turkey or pork. My girls request them so often I sometimes find myself ladling bowls in the height of summer. That’s how much we love them. In the Lenten season I turn to local shrimp to make Albóndigas de Camarón.
Lightly oil the palms of your hands to make rolling these balls of love easier. Serve over rice or ladle into bowls. They are even better the next day for a light lunch. Top with slices of radishes and don’t forget the corn tortillas. These Albóndigas de Camarón are a bit of my mom’s love from my home to yours. Enjoy!
- 1 lb fresh Shrimp
- 1 lb Tomatoes I used half tomatoes half tomatillos
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1-2 tbs. Maseca or flour
- 1 egg
- Olive oil
- ½ onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 medium carrots diced
- 2 celery stocks diced
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 4-5 cups Stock – seafood shrimp or fish
- Cilantro rinsed and chopped
Roast tomatoes- On a dry comal over medium heat add tomatoes and tomatillos.
Turn the tomatoes and tomatillos occasionally. When skin is blackened and blistered remove tomatoes. Allow to cool and dice. Set aside.
Peel and devein shrimp. Place shrimp in food processor and pulse until finely ground.
Transfer ground shrimp to bowl and add egg, oregano and Maseca or flour.
With hands mix until well combined. Wash hands. Lightly oil hands and form small (3/4inch) meatballs.
Place on baking sheet and place in fridge until ready to use.
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven add 1 tbs olive oil over medium high heat.
Add onion, celery, carrots and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, stir to combine and cook another 30 seconds. Add roasted tomatoes, stir to combine and continue to cook another 2 minutes.
Add stock and allow soup to come to a boil. Reduce heat to low and season with salt and pepper.
Add shrimp meatballs and cook until firm without stirring for about 5-8 minutes. Add cilantro and taste for seasoning.
Ladle into bowl over steamed rice or serve alone as a soup.
Garnish with sliced radishes, salsa and warm corn tortillas.
My mom always adds a bit of uncooked rice to her beef albondigas. Will this work for the shrimp albondigas?
Hi Lily – I’ve never tried uncooked rice, plus shrimp cook up rather quickly so I’m not sure it would allow the rice to fully cook.
I’ve never had Albindigas de Camarón, Only ground Beef and Also ground Chicken! But this Is a MUST Try! I think my Family Will Love Them They Love Albondigas, And They Also Love Shrimp so it’s a perfect Combo! 😉 thanks!
Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie says
I’ve never tried Albondigas de Camaron, but I bet they’re amazing!!! I’m going to try these soon. I’m sure my suegra and in-laws will be super impressed when I make these. 🙂
Carolyn Jung says
I can never resist plump, juicy meatballs. And in soup, they’re even better — warming, nourishing and just plain fun to eat. 😉
I’ve never had shrimp meatballs or albondigas (had to look it up 🙂 ). With the use of maseca in the albondigas it’s like a compact shrimp and grits. Love the simple broth! I’m going to have to make this!
stephanie @cookinfanatic says
this is such a wonderful looking dish, don’t think i’ve ever had anything like it before using the shrimp like that! i bet this is just comfort in a bowl, yummmm 🙂
Fantastic recipe and a so comforting plate of food!!
looks so good i would get giddy too he he
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
What a delicious looking soup. It looks very flavorful and easy. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’d love to try it sometime.
Yvette ~ Muy Bueno says
Sounds sooo yummy and a great alternative to traditional ground beef albondigas. Great sounding and looking recipe. Que tengas una Cuaresma llena de bendiciones!!!
This is my husband’s favorite soup! It’s one of mine also, I pinned this earlier;-)
Heather @girlichef says
You know, I’ve never had shrimp albondigas…but I totally want some right now. Your soup looks amazing…delicate and comforting and delicious!
I’ve never had Albondigas before, but I love the sound of it – looks like a bowl of comfort.
Magic of Spice says
Serious comfort food for sure, and what gorgeous flavors! Beautiful!
Hope you are having a great week, hugs!
I love albondigas! This one is perfect for Fridays of Lent, too 🙂
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Can’t get enough of seafood. This looks so delicious!
Belinda @zomppa says
Hello, hello, get in my BELLY!
Rico rico! Con arroz blanco :)I am a shrimp lover so I know I’ll love this!
the wicked noodle says
I have never made Albondigas but have always wanted to. I’m going to make this next week before the weather starts getting warm. I love the radish garnish you chose!
A wonderful dish! It looks so appetizing.