Tababajab min al-Ruiyan: Fried Dish Made from Shrimp

I’ve been wanting to do a shrimp dish for awhile now.  I had the perfect opportunity when friends came over with a variety of dietary differences.  One didn’t eat red meat, another no wheat, and another no sugar.  I had to find a few dishes that everyone could eat and agree upon.  Shrimp was the choice for the main dish.  And an excellent choice it is!


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Tababajab min al-Ruiyan:

Fried Dish Made from Shrimp


Take Shrimp, shell them, boil them and remove them from the water. Gently drain them or be patient until they dry from their water then place them in a pot. Chip onions for them. Fry in olive oil and throw in dried spices. Sprinkl with vinegar and scatter rue over the top of it. Then serve. (Al-Warraq/Salloum, pp. 116-117


2 1/2 lbs Shrimp

1 Tbs. each dried coriander, fresh ground pepper, caraway

1 onion

2 Tbs. fresh ginger

Olive oil


All the spices in one spot with the chopped up onion.

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I did this slightly backwards. I boiled the shrimp first then peeled.

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A minor difference. From there I put the onions into a pan with lots and lots of olive oil.

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You could use butter or sesame oil if you prefer. Try the olive oil first then a different oil next time. The onions were turning slightly translucent when I added the ginger, then the spices.

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Once the spices were mixed with the onions, I added a bit more olive oil as the onions had absorbed a good percent. The shrimp were added.

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I cooked and stirred till the shrimp were well coated in the spices.

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This is one of the best shrimp dishes I’ve had in a long time.



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