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Garlic Shrimp Plantain Cups

Garlic Shrimp Plantain Cups

These Garlic Shrimp Plantain Cups are an awesome hand-held appetizer or dinner option that will truly impress everyone at your table, plus all you need is a simple kitchen tool….a lemon juicer! These delicious cups are fried until perfectly golden and then filled with succulent sautéed shrimp that is tossed in a garlic butter white wine sauce. The shrimp is finished off with a burst of fresh lime juice, which complements the flavors perfectly! This is a really great recipe for entertaining guests, but it is also perfect for a weeknight dinner because you can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.



3 large green plantains
1 cup avocado oil
salt, to taste
garlic powder, to taste


½ tsp salt
1 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined & butterflied
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
½ cup dry white wine or broth
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp lime juice
Salt, to taste
3 tbsp chopped cilantro


To make the plantain cups, peel the skin off of green plantains, and cut into 2-inch thick slices (about 6 slices per plantain)
Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot and place the cut plantains inside the oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes until they are golden. Remove them and place them on a plate lined with paper towel.
Using a lemon juicer, place some plastic wrap on the inside ( so the plantains don’t stick) and then squeeze 2 chunks of plantain inside to form them into cups. Add them back to the oil and fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove and place them on a plate lined with paper towel and sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder.
To make the shrimp, season with ½ tsp salt.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil and cook shrimp until it is pink but slightly undercooked, about 2 minutes per side (you will finish cooking it in the sauce later.) Transfer to a plate and set aside, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.
Add garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and let reduce by half, about 2 minutes.
Add the butter and stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is thickened, about 4-5 minutes more.
Add the shrimp back into the pan and toss to coat until the shrimp is fully cooked about 2-3 minutes, depending on their size. Remove from flame and add salt to taste.
Serve by adding the shrimp and sauce into the cups.
Garnish with freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?