Dried and Fresh Shrimp with Cactus Paddles

Camarones con Nopalitos

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Appears in
The Food and Life of Oaxaca: Traditional Recipes from Mexico′s Heart

By Zarela Martínez

Published 1997

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This is an example of an Isthmian molito, or “little mole” with a fairly simple pureed sauce less demanding than a full-fledged mole. I like to serve it with some straightforward rice dish.

The fresh shrimp are the size called “large” at my fish store, but designations may vary by retailer.


  • ½ cup hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup whole dried shrimp (about 2 to 2½ ounc


Heat a griddle or medium-size cast-iron skillet over low heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and whole dried shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes. (If using ground dried shrimp, do not toast.) Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Place the pumpkin seeds and dried shrimp in a blender along with the tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeños, and achiote past