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Mexican Shrimp Soup – Albóndigas de Camarón

December 14, 2016

This Mexican Shrimp Soup (Albóndigas de Camarón) features melt-in-your-mouth tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. Light and low in calories, it’s usually served before the main meal to increase the appetite. Perfect all year long!

This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com

Christmas cookies, drinks, and other recipes I’ve been posting non-stop lately are all interesting and fun but you gotta eat something more substantial from time to time too, right? I went through my culinary books yesterday and found a beautiful Mexican Shrimp Soup recipe. It immediately grabbed my attention because I saw something in it I have never tried before. Shrimp meatballs! Yes, the only shrimp swimming in this soup are in a form of meatballs. You can add a few whole shrimp together if you want, though.

This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com

The name Albóndigas de Camarón translates simply as shrimp meatballs. In fact, it’s a variation of a very popular Albondigas Soup where meatballs are traditionally made from beef. I tried the original version many times and I loved it so I was intrigued to change things up a little bit! The fact that I’ve never eaten shrimp meatballs in my whole life only increased my desire.

This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com

This Mexican shrimp soup is also super easy to make. Just chop shrimp in a food processor, mix them with chopped onion, tomato, egg yolk, flour and seasonings and form meatballs that you will throw into a flavorful spicy tomato broth made in 20 minutes. Sprinkle with some chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side. That’s it! Even a complete kitchen amateur will be able to do that.

This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com

The soup itself is really light so it’s usually served before the main dish (tacos, enchiladas, or else) to increase your appetite. I can see myself slurping on this soup all year long because it’s comforting enough for winter and light enough for hot summer days! The meatballs are so tender they could melt in your mouth. I regret not coming up with the idea of shrimp meatballs earlier. It’s a perfect change-up from the same pork, beef, chicken, and turkey ones which sometimes get really boring.

I strongly recommend you to try this soup because it’s really THAT good. Albóndigas de Camarón goes straight to my favorites list. No doubt about it! This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com

5 from 4 votes
This amazing Mexican Shrimp Soup features super tender shrimp meatballs swimming in a flavorful spicy tomato broth. So easy and quick to make! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Mexican Shrimp Soup - Albóndigas de Camarón
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This Mexican Shrimp Soup is light and low in calories. You'll love shrimp meatballs swimming in a spicy tomato broth!

Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 216 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
For the meatballs:
  • 8 oz (225g) shrimp , peeled, deveined
  • 1/4 small onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 medium tomato , cored, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the broth:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh chile poblano , roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 15 oz or 450ml can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 1/2 cups fish broth or chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 or 2 limes , to serve
Instructions
  1. The meatballs. Chop the shrimp finely either by hand or using a food processor. Add to a bowl together with the onion, tomato, egg yolk, flour, oregano, and salt. Mix well. Cover and keep in a fridge until needed.
  2. The broth. Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onion and cook for about 7 minutes. Add the chile and tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes more. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Take out the shrimp mixture out of the fridge. Form the meatballs and throw them into the broth. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Serve the soup sprinkled with the chopped cilantro with the lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
You can also add carrots and celery if you want to. Add them together with the onion in the broth making phase.

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Check out another Mexican soup Sopa de Fideo which has been really popular on the blog!

Adapted from Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless

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18 Comments

  • Reply Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours December 15, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I imagine there are a wonderful blend of flavours in your dish; sounds tasty and a nice light bite, without feeling over full.

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      It’s a true feast of flavors, Helen!

  • Reply Sharon December 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Yummm! What a gorgeous looking soup. I love the colors. I cannot wait to try it out!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      If you will, let me know how you liked it, Sharon!

  • Reply Sarah December 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I love adding seafood to soup. This recipe looks like some wonderful flavors in it…mmm…I love soup weather season and can’t wait to try this one!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Soup season is the best!

  • Reply Sabrina | The Tomato Tart December 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I love the flavor combo on this dish! Definitely a comfort food at its finest. Love it!!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Sabrina!

  • Reply Platter Talk December 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This sounds so savory, light and delicious. Love the meatballs!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      These shrimp meatballs are truly awesome 🙂

  • Reply The Food Hunter December 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    your photos are wonderful

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy December 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    We love Mexican flavours in this house. This soup sounds delicious, and perfect for these cold winter days.

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      You can’t go wrong with Mexican food, that’s for sure 😉

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry December 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Love all the flavours here with the spice too. Gorgeous photos as well! Yum

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks, Bintu! 🙂

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all December 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    What a gorgeous colorful soup! My husband would absolutely love this especially with the shrimp!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      He surely would! 😉

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