When walking around Jerez de la Frontera, I just couldn’t not notice people holding baskets with small, grey creatures. Even more striking to me was the fact that these creatures wouldn’t stop moving. These little, living creatures appeared to be “Camarones”. Camarones are little shrimps and they are sold on the streets or in markets, coming fresh and alive from the nearest harbour.
As they seemed some kind of local specialty, of course I wanted to try them. So, we went to a bar and asked for some camarones, but then the waiter brought us this:
Well, it is exactly what we asked for, boiled camarones, and I can imagine that people get really excited when they see this, but for me it’s not the most attractive plate I have seen. I tried a few of them, but the feeling of their heads in my mouth and between my teeth wasn’t really pleasant for me.
However, there are more ways to serve these camarones (yay!); in many places you can ask for tortillitas de camarones. They are made of flour, water, onion, parsley, camarones, salt and pepper. This mix is then fried in a pan. They are delicious and the look of them could make you feel a little less bad.
Try them with a glass of Fino de Jerez on the side and enjoy!!