Shrimp and rice go together so well. I was inspired to prepare this tamal when watching a Facebook live from a restaurant in Los Angeles. The chef was featuring the dishes for a special event that night. On the menu was a shrimp tamal with rice! I was like, “Hey, how come I have never done that before?”
I took some notes and created my own version of a shrimp and rice tamal. I knew I wanted to use banana leaves because I knew the tamal would be bigger. The banana leaves can be cut down to size. They are easy to work with once you soften them.
Shrimp and Rice Tamal
Shrimp and rice are a delicious combination! Why not in a tamal? They are tasty!
- 1 cup masa prepared for corn tortillas
- 1/2 cup hot chicken broth
- 1/3 cup manteca
- 1 1/2 cups previously cooked Mexican rice
- 6 colossal shrimp previously poached in salt water
- jalapeño strips
- salsa cruda de tomatillo
- cilantro chopped
- 8 prepared banana leaves for tamales 11x14
For Salsa Cruda
- 6 Tomatillo roughly chopped
- 3 chile serrano roughly chopped
- onion chopped
- salt to taste
- In a bowl add all of the ingredients for the masa with rice. Stir well to combine and taste for salt. Keep covered with plastic wrap so it does not dry out.
- Cut banana leaves to desired size. Preheat a comal(griddle) to medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Lay the pieces of banana leaves on the hot comal. You will see them begin to change color, soften and become shiny. Turn as needed and set aside. The leaves must be heated this way before assembling tamales.
- Peel and clean the shrimp. Preheat 5 cups of salted water to medium heat. When it comes to a boil, gently add the shrimp and poach for 2-3 minutes or just until it turns pink. Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Reserve until ready to use.
- For salsa cruda, combine all of the ingredients to the blender. Pulse to blend until desired smoothness. Taste for salt ans set aside.
- Drain the poached shrimp and slice open, then apart to yield two thin sliced pieces of shrimp.
- Assembling Tamal: Take 2 of the leaves and stack them on top of each other. To the center, add about 1/3-1/2 cup of the masa with rice. Add 3 sliced shrimp, 1 jalapeño strip and 1 tablespoon of salsa cruda. Fold in the sides until they overlap. Then fold in the top and bottom. Tear off a few strips of the extra banana leaf and tie each end.
- To Cook: Fill the bottom of a pot with 4 cups of water. Insert a metal steamer. Arrange tamales laying down and layered. Cover with lid and turn heat to high. When it begins to steam rapidly, reduce heat to medium. Set your timer for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, add 1 cup of hot water to the bottom of pot, pouring in carefully to one side of the pot. Cover and continue steaming for another 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.
Any leftover previously cooked rice will work for this recipe. But since I cook Mexican-style rice quite often, that is what I used this day. Click the link to see the recipe for Mexican-style rice. https://pinaenlacocina.com/2014/04/21/simple-mexican-style-rice-arroz-estilo-mexicano/
And not only for shrimp, imagine this tamal filled with chicen tinga or cochinta pibil!
This is the way the tamal looks when you open it up. The tamal with the salsa, I flipped over and topped it with salsa. Type salsa into the search bar for many, many salsa recipes on my blog.