Shrimp Catalana, Saturday in Sardinia

Shrimp Catalana

Shrimp Catalana, is the remake of the classic dish Lobster Catalana, popular on the beautiful Italian Island of Sardinia.  If you have ever visited Sardinia, hopefully you have had the opportunity to try this lovely dish made with lobster, onions and tomatoes tossed lightly with a lemony dressing.  Today, I am using shrimp instead of lobster, both work will for this recipe, and either crustacean  marries well with tomatoes and onions.   I love making this Shrimp Catalana salad in the summer, it is lively, light, fresh and easy.  Let’s Cook!

Shrimp Catalana

A lovely, light, fresh salad with Shrimp, tomatoes and onion

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb Shrimp, fresh if available
  • 1 lb Tomatoes, either cherry or baby plum
  • 1 large Red Onion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1/2 Carrot
  • 2 large Lemons
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • Sea Salt and Fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tbls Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Flat leaf Italian Parsley (to taste, optional)
  • 2 tbls White wine vinegar


  1. Peel and Cut the red onion in half, slice into thin rings.  Place the rings in a bowl of cold water and add 1 tbls vinegar, soak for at least 20 minutes

  2. Peel and devein the shrimp, set aside

  3. In a pot large enough to hold the shrimp, fill with cold water, add the celery, carrot, 1/2 lemon, peppercorns and sea salt, bring to boil

  4. When the water comes to a boil, add the shrimp, cook for 3-4 minutes, until the shrimp turns white, drain and cool

  5. Chop the tomatoes, add to a serving bowl, strain the onions, add to the tomatoes, add the shrimp

  6. Add the juice of remaining 1 1/2 lemons, 1 tbls vinegar,  olive oil, salt and fresh ground pepper, adjust salt

  7. Serve and enjoy with a generous sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley

    Shrimp Catalana

Buon Appetito!

Below find some of my suggested items used in making this blog post recipe, Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Shrimp Catalana, Saturday in Sardinia

  1. This dish is fabulous!! I would have never thought to make something like this. When does the TV show from Venice start!!

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