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Prawns with Green Rice

6 Servings

Total Time
1 hr

“It’s very Spanish to serve shrimp this way, adding green things (in this case spinach) to the water in which the rice is cooked, and using this as a base for buttery prawns freshened up with a squeeze of lime. It’s easy enough to be a weeknight dinner but tasty enough for company too,” says chef Gabriela Cámara of this recipe excerpted from her cookbook, My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions.

Prawns with Green Rice

Photography by Marcus Nils­son © 2019
 1 qt water
 7 oz washed spinach or kale
 1 tbsp sea salt
 ½ cup olive oil
 1 large white onion, chopped
 3 garlic cloves, chopped
 2 cups Arborio or Calasparra rice
 1 sprig fresh epazote or cilantro
 2 tbsp salted butter
 12 large prawns, shells on
 Juice of 1 lime

In the jar of a blender, blend the water with the spinach and salt.


Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 7 min­utes. Add garlic and cook for a minute more. Add the rice to the pan and let it fry until the grains are clear, stirring occasionally. Stir in the spinach water. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil. Add the epazote, then decrease the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes.


As soon as you decrease the heat and place the lid on the pan, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is bubbling but not brown, add the prawns and sauté until just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Remove to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.


After 15 minutes, the majority of the liq­uid in which the rice is cooking should have been absorbed. Remove the epazote sprig or cilantro, place the buttery shrimp on top of the rice, and cover the pan for a final 5 minutes to finish cook­ing. Taste the rice, and if it is already very close to cooked, re-cover the pan, turn the stove off, and let it steam for 5 minutes.


Squeeze the lime juice over the pan and serve immediately.

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