Mofongo with Shrimp

While shooting his Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri stopped at Benny’s Seafood in Miami to try mofongo, a Puerta Rican comfort food. “The chef pulled out a wooden pilón (a kind of mortar) as big as a tree trunk and filled it with fried green plantains, garlic, salt and chicharrones (crunchy pork rinds). Then he used a baseball bat to mash it together.” The dish is served with chicken broth on the side or topped with meat or seafood, like the sautéed shrimp here.


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  • Servings: 4


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 ounce fried pork rinds, crushed (1/2 packed cup)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 large green plantains (about 12 ounces each), peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick rounds
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

How to make this recipe

  1. In a bowl, combine two-thirds of the minced garlic cloves with the pork rinds and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and mash to combine.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350&#176;. Add the plantains and fry, keeping the oil at about 300&#176;, until very tender, but not browned, 15 minutes. Drain and transfer the plantains to a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the plantains to a coarse puree with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the garlic–pork rind mixture and mash until evenly combined. Season the <em>mofongo</em> with salt and pepper; keep warm.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp and remaining garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until curled, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and boil until nearly evaporated and the shrimp are cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

  4. Spoon the <em>mofongo</em> into bowls and top with the shrimp. Serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Rosés from warm growing regions like southern France or Northern Spain tend to be robustly fruity, a great match for this garlicky shrimp.

Photo © Con Poulos Published May 2012

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