La Fuente’s Caldo de Camaron

My mom recently sent me this recipe for Caldo de Camaron (shrimp soup) from La Fuente Restaurant in Milwaukee with rave reviews. The ingredient list and directions seemed easy enough, so I made the soup one night last week after work. Although the chopping required was a bit time consuming, I also find the activity relaxing and therapeutic. The resulting soup was delicious. Even my Mexican food connoisseur taste tester agreed. This one’s a keeper for sure.

La Fuente’s Caldo de Camaron (Recipe from La Fuente Restaurant via Nov. 13 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; makes 4 servings)

11 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 cup diced onion
2 bay leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 pounds medium shrimp (31-to-40 count), headless and deveined but with shells

Garnishes:
2 cups (about) cocktail sauce (divided)
6 ounces chopped cilantro (about 1 medium bunch, stems removed)
6 ounces diced onions (about 1 medium)
8 ounces diced tomatoes (about 2 medium Roma tomatoes)
2 avocados, diced (make sure they are ripe and soft to the touch)
Lemon wedges for garnish
Tortilla chips or crackers

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add peppers, lemon wedges, the 1/2 cup diced onion, bay leaves and salt. Add shrimp and cook 5 to 10 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and are cooked through. Do not overcook.

Remove shrimp from broth and let cool slightly. Peel and discard shell. Strain broth and discard any solids. Set shrimp and broth aside.

To assemble: Set out four large decorative soup bowls and put 1/4 cup cocktail sauce in each bowl.

Divide cilantro, onions, tomatoes and avocados among the bowls.

Reheat shrimp if needed by microwaving about 2 minutes. Divide shrimp among the four bowls. Add 3/4 cup of the reserved broth (rewarmed if needed) to each bowl. Top each serving with a few tablespoons of the remaining cocktail sauce and garnish with lemon wedges. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

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One Response to “La Fuente’s Caldo de Camaron”

  1. TobyD

    Kristin – that is Uncle Jeff’s favorite!!! I saw the recipe online but have yet to make it for him!!!


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