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Corn Masa Shrimp Empanadas

Simply seasoned shrimp all stuffed into a masa harina crispy empanada disc! Yes!
Course Appetizer, Empanadas
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 Servings



    For Masa Harina Dough

    • 2 cups masa harina
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1 3/4 cups warm water
    • 2 tablespoons Mexican-style hot sauce optional

    Simply Seasoned Shrimp

    • 1 pound medium shrimp cleaned, peeled and chopped
    • 1/3 cup finely diced white onion
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 large poblano pepper roasted and sliced into strips
    • 1 Red fresno serrano or jalapeño, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning optional
    • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
    • juice of 1/2 a lime
    • olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped



    • To Prepare Shrimp: In a medium bowl combine the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning salt, fresh cracked pepper, lime juice and about 2 table spoons of oil, set aside.
    • For Corn Masa:  In a bowl, combine the masa harina and salt. Gradually add in the water until dough forms. Mix in hot sauce. Roll 10-12 dough balls, transfer to a plate, cover with plastic wrap, set aside.
    • In a large saute pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium-high heat, add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the shrimp and cook just until shrimp turns pink, 3 to 4 minutes, add the roasted poblano pepper, stir well to combine. Drain off any excess liquid. Taste for salt, cover and remove from heat.
    • Heat 2 cups of oil to a medium, heavy pot and heat oil to 350 to 365 degrees. While the oil heats up, fill the empanadas.
    • Using a tortilla press or flat bottomed plate, flatten the dough ball in between 2 plastic sheets to about 5 inches. Fill one half of empanada with 3 tablespoons shrimp filling. Add some fresh cilantro. Using the plastic, fold over and gently pinch  edges to seal. Fry the empanadas in preheated oil for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain onto plate lined with paper towels. Serve with curtido- pickled cabbage slaw. Yields 6 servings.


    Two things that are very important for a successful empanada prepared with masa harina. One, the filling must be free of any excess broth. Two, the filling must be cooled before using to fill empanadas.