Shrimp Chraime – A Morrocan Dish with a Twist

Posted in Home Made Cooking

Chraime is a traditional Moroccan dish. It is fish cooked in tomato based sauce. It’s spicy and has a dominant taste of cilantro which I love, and it is one of my favorite dishes in the world. The only problem is that I’m not Moroccan, not even close 🙂 so I have to settle on a version of this amazing dish. Also, I had no fish (minor detail right?) so I used the shrimps I had in my freezer. The result was SO good. We immediately ate it with a fat piece of bread to dip in the sauce. I didn’t make it spicy this time because I wanted the kids to eat it as well, but in the recipe below I’ll also add the option to make the dish spicy. Either way, it turns out fabulous. And one other thing, if you don’t like cilantro, don’t make this recipe.


Shrimp Chraime - A Moroccan Dish with a Twist
Recipe type: Main, Entree
A great spicy dish that combines seafood with a Mediterranean flavor. A plate of this with a good chink of bread and you're in food heaven.
  • 600gr Shrimps (I cut the tails)
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 12 Garlic Cloves - diced
  • 3 Fresh Tomatoes – Cubed finely
  • 4-6 Slices of fresh Lemon
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro – Chopped
  • Optional For a Spicy Dish – 1 tbsp Hot Paprika
  1. In a wide pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the Paprika and garlic and stir well for about 1 minute. Stir consistently to avoid burning the garlic.
  2. Add the tomatoes and keep stirring.
  3. Add the water, sugar, cumin and lemon, mix and let boil.
  4. Once boiled, lower heat and add the shrimps and chopped cilantro.
  5. Let cook over low heat for about 30 minutes. Serve with a large piece of bread or over white rice.


  1. Maya this food presentation is excellent well done!