The other night someone let me try a version of Jalea Mixta, a Peruvian seafood dish that is basically fried seafood with an amazingly flavorful sauce on top. So, I decided to try it out at home and make my own healthier version using fresh seafood and making it into a “pasta”dish.
Hands down one of the best things I’ve made in a long while.
And I promise no camera filter or editing was even used on that picture! :-D
- 1 bag of frozen extra large/jumbo shrimp
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- Juice of 2-3 limes (depending on how juicy they are
- 1 cup (or one large handful) of small tomatoes (I love sunsweets from Costco)
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- cayenne pepper (to desired heat level)
- crushed pepper flakes (to desired heat level)
- salt to taste
- 2 jalapenos or fresno chile peppers (Jalas if you like it a little spicier and if you want to go completely traditional just use a red bell pepper)
- 1 small red onion sliced thinly (traditionally sprinkled over top, but I omitted because…honestly… I didn’t have one!)
Step 1: Roast the Squash Cut the stem end of the squash off, turn it on the cut end so that you have a steady base. Cut the squash lengthwise and then scoop out the seed portion. Place cut-side down in a baking dish with about 1 inch of water in the pan. Cook at 350* for approximately 30-45 minutes or just until you can easily pierce through the densest portion of the squash. Remove from oven and flip over onto skin side to allow to cool a bit. Once it’s cooled a bit, hold with a towel and use a fork to scrape out the squash into a bowl.
Step 2: Cook the Shrimp Boil a pot of fresh water and follow cooking instructions on your shrimp.
Step 3: Make the Sauce While the water is boiling for your shrimp… Seed the jalapenos and cut into 1 inch pieces or rounds. Add the cilantro, tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne, and chili flakes to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With food processor on low setting, drizzle olive oil through top until desired consistency is reached (should have the consistency of a salsa). Taste, adding more salt, cayenne or chili pepper flakes as desired. Pour into bowl and add the jalapenos.
Step 4: Put it all together! Build your plate with squash, a few spoonfuls of sauce, some shrimp, and a sprinkle of the onions (if using).
Step 5: Sobremesa Share with a friend over good conversation and maybe a glass of sangria. :-)
What’s your favorite Latin American inspired dish?
P.S. If you try this recipe…please report back on how you liked it or what innovations you used!