Asopao de Camarones y Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice Stew with Shrimp and Pigeon Peas) Recipe

Asopao de Camarones y Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice Stew with Shrimp and Pigeon Peas) Recipe

How To Make Asopao de Camarones y Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice Stew with Shrimp and Pigeon Peas)

Delicious and hearty, this Puerto Rican rice stew is packed with flavorful shrimp and mixed vegetables in a seasoned tomato sauce.

Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 15ozpigeon peas gandules,(1 can), drained and liquid reserved
  • cupswater,for soaking the rice
  • cupsrice
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 4ozham,diced
  • 1cupwhite onion,(1 medium), diced
  • ¾cupgreen bell pepper,(½ large), diced
  • ¾cupyellow bell pepper,(½ large), diced
  • ¾cupRoma tomato,(1 medium), diced
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2tbsprecaito flavor base,store bought or homemade
  • ¼cuptomato sauce
  • 6stuffed Spanish olives
  • ½tspcapers
  • tspSazón seasoning,store bought or homemade, optional
  • ½tsporegano
  • 1tbspkosher salt
  • ½tspblack pepper
  • 1lbshrimp,peeled and deveined; tails removed


  1. Rinse the rice in a strainer under running water to remove the excess starch from the outside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the reserved liquid from the pigeon peas with the water for soaking. Add the rice to the bowl and soak for 45 minutes.

  3. When the rice has finished soaking, drain the water into a large pot on the stovetop, and turn the heat to medium-low. Keep it at a low simmer; this liquid will be added to the asopao later.

  4. In a 3-quart Dutch oven or similar large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ham and brown it for about 3 minutes.

  5. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, peppers, tomato, garlic, and recaito to the pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes; or until the vegetables have softened and begin to form a thick, chunky paste.

  6. Stir the tomato sauce, olives, capers, sazón, oregano, salt, and pepper into the paste, and cook for 2 minutes.

  7. Add the rice into the pot and stir to thoroughly coat the grains in the sauce. Add the pigeon peas and the warmed, reserved soaking water.

  8. Simmer the stew: Bring the stew to a gentle simmer and continue to cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

  9. After 15 minutes, stir the shrimp into the asopao and continue cooking, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes.

  10. Serve promptly, as the stew will thicken the longer it’s left to sit. Thin the stew as needed with hot water or with chicken stock to maintain consistency and flavor, especially when reheating leftovers.


  • Calories: 305.63kcal
  • Fat: 4.97g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.12g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.23g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.65g
  • Fiber: 4.04g
  • Sugar: 3.44g
  • Protein: 17.10g
  • Cholesterol: 79.52mg
  • Sodium: 984.35mg
  • Calcium: 83.93mg
  • Potassium: 567.39mg
  • Iron: 1.90mg
  • Vitamin A: 44.11µg
  • Vitamin C: 52.70mg
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