Shrimp with Coconut and Ginger Sauce Recipe

Shrimp with Coconut and Ginger Sauce Recipe: Although not a traditional Dominican recipe, it is inspired by the classic cuisine from Samana. We love it.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword summer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 porciones
Calories 236kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoons cilantro , minced
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cups ground coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon bija (anatto) powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (limón in the DR)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 doz jumbo shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon of table salt (may not be used)


  • Put the ginger paste, coarse sea salt, bell pepper, pepper, cilantro, and garlic in a mortar and pestle, crush until you obtain a coarse paste (see picture).
  • Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium fire.
  • Lower the heat to the lowest setting and add the ground coconut, stir constantly until they become light golden. Make sure they don't burn.
  • Add the ginger paste. and cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the bija (anato) powder and mix well.
  • Add the coconut milk, stir and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes (stir once or twice to prevent it from sticking to the bottom and burning)
  • Dissolve the cornstarch and lime juice in the water. Add to the boiling sauce and stir until it is mixed completely.
  • Add the shrimps. Cover with a lid and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the fire and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and add more salt if necessary. Return to medium heat until it breaks the boil.
  • Remove from the heat.


To make the ginger paste peel and wash a large ginger root, and blend in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, use a mortar and pestle.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 27.3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2.9mg