Monkfish with Rice and Shrimp (Arroz de Tamboril com Gambas)

Portuguese Monkfish with Rice and Shrimp, also known as Arroz de Tamboril com Gambas, is a very typical and traditional seafood dish in Portuguese cuisine. Our cuisine is known best both for our spices and our rich and flavorful seafood, and this dish exemplifies that fact perfectly. Monkfish, shrimp, and some long grain rice are the perfect ingredients for absorbing rich flavor and spice, which is what makes this dish unbelievably popular and delicious. We’re sure you will love this dish.

1 pound diced monkfish
10 medium sized shrimps
1 cup long-grain rice
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ripe tomato chopped
1 pepper chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bouillon cube fish
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley / Coriander to taste

1) In a saucepan, place the olive oil, chopped onion, chopped garlic, chopped pepper, paprika, chopped tomatoes and let them simmer on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
2) Then add the bay leaf, the fish bouillon cube, a bit of chopped parsley or coriander, a pinch of salt and pepper and the white wine.
3) Add the monkfish and prawns to the saucepan and bring it to a boil.
4) Now add the rice and 3/4 cup water and leave to boil over 10 minutes, until the rice is done.
6) Once its ready, pour it in a large bowl and cover with parsley or coriander and serve while hot, enjoy!


  1. I’m adapting this to use scallops in place of the gambas (little shrimps).

  2. Tim Parrott

    I let the rice cook half way through then add the fish and prawns I find they then don’t overcook

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