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Cuban Shrimp Soup – Sopa de Camarones

By Greg Ma (originally posted to Flickr as Chupe de Camarones) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
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Cuban Shrimp Soup – Sopa de Camarones is a true delight of the Caribbean. The fresh shrimp with the poached eggs is a meal in it own. However, add the rest of the ingredients and you have a main dish that will feed the hungriest of guests you have to feed. Admittedly, it does take longer than most other soups but the wait is worth it. The onions, potatoes, corn and garlic combine so well with the herbs and milk to create a divine soup.

By Greg Ma (originally posted to Flickr as Chupe de Camarones) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Cuban Shrimp Soup - Sopa de Camarones

A Cuban soup that knocks the socks of other soups.
4.71 from 34 votes
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Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Seafood, Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 439kcal



  • Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the butter in a skillet and saute the shrimp shells until lightly browned and aromatic, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a saucepan and add the water.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered until reduced by half.
  • Strain, discard the shrimp shells, and set the stock aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining butter in a large pot and sauté the onion and garlic until tender but now brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, cloves. and reserved shrimp stock and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the stock, discard the solids, and return the stock to the pot.
  • Add the potatoes and simmer covered until the potatoes are almost done, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the milk, shrimp, corn, salt, and pepper and simmer covered for 5 minutes.
  • Stir a little of the hot liquid into the egg yolks and stir the resulting mixture into the soup.
  • Simmer, stirring gently, until the soup thickens a little - do not boil.
  • Serve with a poached egg on top.


Sodium: 502mg | Sugar: 13g | Fiber: 0.1g | Potassium: 425mg | Cholesterol: 582mg | Calories: 439kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 39g | Carbohydrates: 12g