Sazón-Spiced Shrimp and Okra

Sazón-Spiced Shrimp and Okra

Fresh okra is wonderfully versatile, and searing it in a hot pan is one way to lend texture while preserving its shape. This dish comes together entirely within a large skillet; you’ll work in stages to cook the okra and then the shrimp. A dusting of annatto-infused sazón adds aromatic and earthy flavors, and a tinge of spice. Finished with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, this dish is perfect for a light evening meal or as part of any warm-weather menu.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half of the okra, cut sides down, and cook without stirring until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, toss and cook until tender, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet and repeat the cooking process with remaining okra and an additional 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2. Step 2

    Lower the heat to medium and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet (no need to wash). Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with the sazón. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just cooked through and the sazón toasts and becomes fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Return the okra to the pan of shrimp and stir just to combine. Remove from the heat, add the cilantro and finish with several squeezes of lime.