Gambas piri piri - Fish Tales
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Gambas piri piri


  • 1

    Gently fry one clove of garlic in a big saucepan until caramelized. Add the rice and a pinch of salt and stir for a minute until the rice looks slightly translucent.

  • 2

    Add water until there’s a 2-centimeter layer of water above the rice. Place a lid on the pan and bring and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and turn down the heat. Let the rice steam for another 10 minutes.

  • 3

    Season the gambas with salt and 1 teaspoon of paprika powder. Set aside.

  • 4

    Take another (smaller) saucepan with a tablespoon of olive oil and softly fry the red chilli, onion, and the rest of the garlic for 3 minutes until softened. Add the mango and a teaspoon of paprika powder and fry on medium high heat. Add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt.

  • 5

    Get the pan off the heat and blend the mixture until a smooth sauce.

  • 6

    In a frying pan with groundnut oil, fry the gambas on high heat for 1-2 minutes each side. Arrange the gambas on a plate, scoop over the piri piri sauce and garnish with some coriander leaves. Serve the rice separately.


  • - 400 g white rice

  • - 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • - 24 medium sized gambas, peeled and cleaned

  • - 2 tsp paprika powder

  • - 2 red chilli, deseeded and cut in rings

  • - 1 onion, finely chopped

  • - 1 mango, in 0,5 cm cubes

  • - juice of 2 limes

  • - 2 tbsp olive oil

  • - 1 handful of coriander leaves

  • - salt

  • - groundnut oil, for frying

  • 30 min
  • 4 persons