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lentil stew with shrimp in a dutch oven
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Lentil Stew Recipe with Shrimp

Seasoned with chicken bouillon, this hearty Lentil Stew recipe is packed with flavor and filled with delicious shrimp, lentils, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions and garlic.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Latin
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound shrimp , peeled and devained
  • 2 celery stalks , chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 pound gemstone potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Chicken Flavor Granulated Bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro , roughly chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook lightly, until it has turned a little pink. Remove the shrimp and reserve.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions, celery, garlic, carrots, and potatoes to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about five minutes. Sprinkle with chicken broth, oregano, basil, bay leaf and red pepper flakes, cook one minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, lentils, and water, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are soft, about an hour.
  • When the lentils are soft, season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the cilantro and reserved shrimp.
  • Serve hot with rice or bread.


  • Prepare this recipe in a saucepan or heavy-bottomed skillet, it will distribute the heat more evenly so you don't end up with hot spots that could burn the bottom of the stew.
  • You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe. If you use frozen ones, make sure they are completely thawed before cooking.
  • There is no need to soak the lentils, they are cooked directly in the stew.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5279IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 6mg