Rice with Shrimp Caracas-Style

This Rice with Shrimp recipe is sponsored by Sedano’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

rice with shrimp recipe

Does anyone crave food all the time as I do? 

I’m so grateful that I’m a cook. I’ve spent five years living in southern California and seven in South Florida, but I can always taste the flavors of my home Caracas, because I can take care of any Venezuelan food craving… including this rice with shrimp Caracas-style!

Is Rice with Shrimp the Same as Paella?

ingredients to make shrimp with rice

This rice with shrimp is not like the Spanish paella. Even if some of the ingredients, like the Valencia rice and the seafood, are pretty much the same, the cooking technique is different. 

shrimp in a pan

This dish tastes like Caracas, the city where I was born and raised. And even if it’s made with seafood, it’s more like an “arroz con pollo” (rice with chicken) rather than a paella. It tastes like heaven and It’s made in four simple steps. Even better: you can have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. Bingo!

sofrito to make rice with shrimp

But before you get hands-on cooking, stop at your local Sedano’s and get all the ingredients to create this delicious dish. This is simply perfect all year round and especially now that we’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

How to Make Rice with Shrimp

bouillon to make rice and shrimp

The first step is to sear the shrimp in a preheated pan with some olive oil. Once the shrimp is seared, you reserve it.

cooking rice and sofrito for shrimp and rice

In the same pan, you create a flavorful sofrito, by sautéing chopped onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and tomatoes in olive oil. This sofrito technique is the base of our succulent Caracas cuisine.

rice with shrimp

Next, you add the rice, carrots and the liquids. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is almost done. At this point, you add the seared shrimp, stir, and add the frozen green peas. Cook all together for a few more minutes.

Fresh green peas in a pan with shrimp and rice

When serving, sprinkle with olive oil and fresh parsley.  I like that this is a colorful and tasty solo dish. Every time I make it, I like to imagine this is how my grandma would cook it.

How to Make Rice with Shrimp

rice with shrimp

In an ideal world, the liquids to cook this rice are dry white wine and a broth made with the heads and shells of the shrimp. Since I got my shrimp already clean and pealed, Knorr® Selects Vegetable Bouillon came to my rescue.

rice with shrimp on a cast iron pan

Knorr Selects is the quickest way to add flavor to any family recipe. No matter if it’s a sauce or gravy, a starter, a main or a side dish, Knorr Selects will make you shine. On this occasion, I choose Knorr Selects Vegetable Bouillon, which is made with veggie stock from natural origin. 

Saving During Hispanic Heritage Month

rice with shrimp with knorr bouillon

Go to any of the 35 Sedano’s stores across Florida, grab your coupon booklet, and enjoy great savings during this Hispanic Heritage Month, including:

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Rice with shrimp on a plate

Since 1962, Sedano’s mission has been us, serve the diverse Florida communities, by selling the Latin products that we crave so much, bringing back to our tables the flavors of Latin America.

The Most Delicious Rice Recipe

The following is my recipe. I hope you like it as much as we do. Thanks for subscribing to my YouTube channel.

rice with shrimp ready to be eaten
rice with shrimp
5 from 18 votes

Rice with Shrimp

This is the most succulent rice with shrimp ever. Shrimp is first seared. Then, a sofrito is created by sautéing onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and tomatoes. Rice is added to the sofrito and cooked with the liquids. Once the rice is al dente, shrimp is added along with fresh green peas for color and sweetness purposes. Serve it as a solo dish to celebrate the flavors of the Venezuelan Cuisine.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 411kcal


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 pound shrimp with tail
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Knorr® Selects™ Vegetable Bouillon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 cup carrots finely diced
  • 1 cup Valencia rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped


  • Season the shrimp with salt.
  • In a deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat half of the olive oil and sear the shrimp, stirring and flipping them, until they turn opaque and bright coral, around 3-4 minutes. Reserve the shrimp in a bowl.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the rest of the oil to the same skillet. Sauté the onions and garlic until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the red bell pepper and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Add the tomato and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Season the sofrito with the bouillon, add 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt, and stir.
  • Add the rice and stir.
  • Add the wine, stir, and cook until the liquid has been almost completely absorbed.
  • Add the water, stir, and bring to a boil. Once it boils, lower the heat to medium-low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and combine it.
  • Add the frozen green peas, stir and cook, covered, for 3 more minutes.
  • Sprinkle with olive oil and chopped parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Rice with Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 893mg39%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 4846IU97%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course, Rice, Seafood
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
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Author: Enri

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