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Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe

Posted on the 14 March 2016 by Latinaprpro @latinaprpro
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Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe
During lenten season, Catholics like myself, honor this holy time by abstaining from eating meat either for the entire forty days of the season, or on Fridays leading up-to Easter Sunday. 
As a Mexican-American, I tend to cook the vegetarian dishes that are typically made during this season; but sometimes I mix it up a bit by giving those dishes a new spin to make them more appealing to my non-Latino hubby, or add a fusion twist to non-Latino dishes that are perfect for meatless days.
Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe
While shrimp soup is one of those dishes that my hubby and I order at Thai restaurants, it's too light of a dish to eat as a main course; and the shrimp soup I grew up with had a combination of seafood and a fishy broth that I'm not a fan of.
Inspired by what my hubby and I love from the Thai soup and taking away what we don't like from the Mexican seafood soup, I created a recipe that was substantial enough to eat as main course when paired with a light cactus salad.
Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe
Ingredients to prepare the Spicy Shrimp Soup* include:
1 lb. Fresh medium-sized shrimp - cleaned and peeled4 Medium-sized tomatoes - chopped1/2 Medium-sized white onion - finely chopped 4 Peeled carrots - chopped4 Celery ribs - sliced1 Chayote - chopped 1 Green bell pepper - chopped3 Small gold potatoes - chopped 3 Garlic cloves - finely chopped1 Spear lemongrass - sliced diagonally2+ Serrano peppers - sliced diagonally1/2 Bundle cilantro1/4 Cup olive oil1/3-1/4 Cup Knorr Chicken Granulated Bouillon  (affiliate link)
*Serves 6-8 medium-sized bowls 
Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe
  1. Add hot water to a 4-qt stock pot leaving two-three inches at the top. Bring to a boil.
  2. Dissolve Knorr Chicken Granulated Bouillon  (affiliate link) once the water is boiling.
  3. Add the lemongrass, serrano peppers, potatoes, and carrots. Reduce the heat.
  4. Once the broth is simmering (15-20 minutes), add the bell pepper, chayote and cilantro. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil in a 8-qt stock pot over a medium flame.
  6. Once the olive oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and tomatoes.
  7. Cook until the tomato is falling apart (5-10 minutes), then add the celery, turning quickly for 1-2 minutes or until the celery begins to change its color.
  8. Slowly add the broth and vegetables from the 4-qt stock pot into the 8-qt stock pot and keep cooking under medium heat.
  9. Once the soup starts a rolling boil, add the shrimp, cover and turn off the heat.
  10. Uncover the soup in 2-3 minutes, lightly mix and serve with a garnish of fresh cilantro.
Note: Keep a teapot or third pot of simmering water aside just in case you want a lighter soup or you over-seasoned your batch. Add this hot water only before you add the shrimp if you need to.
I hope you enjoy this easy and flavorful soup that is sure to delight everyone sitting at your dining table - whether during Lent or any other day of the year.
Spicy Citrus Shrimp Soup Recipe
To get more Lenten season recipe ideas, or to get inspired with new and interesting Latino vegetables, I invite my friends in Southern California to visit my kind sponsor Northgate Gonzalez Market.
Ana Lydia

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