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Portuguese Shrimp Empanadas (Rissóis de Camarão)

My whole family loves this Shrimp Empanadas Recipe, and I guarantee yours will too! Rissóis de Camarão are a classic Portuguese recipe of lemony empanada dough and creamy shrimp filling.
Course Appetizer or Tapas
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword empanadas recipe, fried empanadas recipe, Portuguese recipes, Rissóis de Camarão, shrimp duplings, shrimp empanadas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 284kcal
Author Isabel Laessig


  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil to fill frying pan


  • Boil 1 pound shrimp in water seasoned with salt and pepper for 5 minutes. After boiling, reserve the water from the pot.
  • Peel and chop the shrimp.
  • In a pot, combine 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon buttersalt to taste, and the peel from 1 lemon.
  • Bring to a boil. When it boils, remove from the heat. Remove the lemon peel and add 1 cup flour. Stir with a wooden spoon to form a ball that does not cling to the pot.
    Bring back to a boil only slightly, to dry the dough. Set aside to rest.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour. Cook until the butter melts, then add 1 cup milk and 1 cup of water reserved from the shrimp boil.
  • Cook on low, stirring to thicken. Once it thickens, add the juice of 1 lemon and cooked chopped shrimp.
    Continue to cook until it reaches a thick but smooth consistency. This will be your empanada filling.
  • Roll out your dough with a rolling pin. Cut into 4″ by 6″ strips.
  • Place a full tablespoon of filling at the bottom of each strip.
    Fold the dough over the filling. Cut them into half-moons using the top of a glass or a pierogi cutter.
  • Beat 2 eggs. Dip the dumplings in the eggs, then dip in a bowl filled with 2 cups of breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in a pan filled with hot canola oil until a deep golden brown. Let cool on paper towels to absorb the oil when done frying.
  • Serve, and enjoy!



Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 4mg