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Dominican Shrimp Plantain Cups
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2 from 5 votes

Shrimp Plantain Cups

The tastiest cup you will ever have!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin
Keyword: appetizer, caribbean appetizer, dominican recipe, dominican recipes, latin appetizer, plantain, plantain cup, shrimp, snack


  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 green pepper chopped
  • 1/4 red pepper chopped
  • 1 tbs Goya salad olives
  • 1 tsp Adobo Goya
  • 1/4 ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • cilantro chopped, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Mazola corn oil
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 lb uncooked shrimp, medium chopped, but if its small shrimp you don't have to chop

For the plantain cups


  • Combine the shrimp, adobo, oregano, garlic, lime, soy sauce in mixing bowl.
  • Heat up the 2 tbs of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, peppers, olives, tomato sauce and cilantro. 
  • Stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Add seasoned shrimp. Stir for another 5 minutes and check to make sure shrimp is cooked through but not overcooked. 
  • Pour shrimp in a dish, cover and set aside.
  • Heat about an inch of oil in a large skillet.
  • Peel and cut the plantain into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Fry both sides about 2 minutes each.
  • Remove the plantain from the oil and press down with a wooden block or flat plate to flatten it.
  • Take a small measuring cup, place the flattened plantain in and push down to create a cup shape. 
  • Fry the cups to firm up, about 5 minutes.
  • Scoop the shrimp, place into the plantain cup and serve. If you like spice, sprinkle with some hot sauce.


You can also leave the plantain flat, refry after flattening to fully cook and lay the shrimp on it instead of a cup.