Salmoriglio with Shrimp

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By Published On: October 6th, 2019

Salmoriglio is a Southern Italian sauce, dressing or marinade. A light, bright and fresh combination of lemon and herbs with salty capers. It’s a summery hit of sharpness that is just perfect for sweet shrimp (prawns), but that’s not all… learn more.

Salmoriglio with Shrimp

My Salmoriglio with Shrimp is the perfect dish for a warm sunny day. It has a light, sharp citrus burst of flavour which is the ideal partner to so many foods, especially seafood. Italians have been eating Salmoriglia for hundreds of years, and it's little wonder - it's the perfect balance of flavour and texture.

A Sicilian standard!

Salmoriglio sauce originates from the South of Italy in Sicily. Many believe the Spanish introduced it, many believe the Portuguese - some believe it pre-dates both. All agree that it's a dish that has been loved for many years.

Salmoriglio v Chimichurri

Many people know and love the Argentinian chimichurri sauce, but Salmoriglio is less known outside of Italy. The two have a lot in common; both are a herbaceous sauce, fragrant and earthy, both have a hit of acid and both are the perfect condiment for meats, fish & seafood and vegetables. So which should you use? Personally, I will pair chimichurri with red meat and poultry and then for fish, seafood and vegetables I'll turn to salmoriglio.

What you'll need

To create the flavours of Sicily, my salmoriglio recipe needs a few simple ingredients:

  • Lemon - the sharp, citrus sparkle to the sauce
  • Fresh oregano - the key to the flavour is oregano, fragrant and floral!
  • Fresh parsley - an earthy, grassy note.
  • Celery leaves - for their lighter herbaceous flavour.
  • Garlic - for more fragrance and a deeper note.
  • Capers - A hit of sour saltiness balances out the sauce perfectly.
  • Extra virgin olive oil - Best quality you can afford (use Italian or Sicilian if you can).

Get the full recipe below.

Breaking Bread - the perfect accompaniment to Salmoriglio

The dressing is simple and fresh and elevated the shrimp which I peeled and poached for 4 minutes to cook through, then chilled in ice water to keep them firm.

Making the sauce is as easy as blending together in a food processor until just combined. The salmoriglio sauce is simply drizzled over. There's little else to do other than serve! I like also, to serve mine with crusty bread - a bit of crunch and a vehicle to mop up some of the sharp, citrus flavours is always a win win situation.

My other favourite ways to serve is over HOT potatoes or beans. Fresh from the pan potatoes (especially fingerling potatoes) are enhanced by a drizzle of salmoriglio!

Everyone needs a go-to Salmoriglio recipe in their life. A taste-bomb in 5 minutes - what's not to like about that?

How to make my Salmoriglio with Shrimp

Salmoriglio with Prawns

Salmoriglio with Shrimp

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Recipe by Lee
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 2
Calories (per serving) | 705


  • 1/2 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil (affiliate link)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 lemon (juice of)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh celery leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp capers (roughly chopped) (affiliate link)
  • 600 g cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 lemon (cut into segments) for garnish


  • Whisk the olive oil, water, lemon juice and salt & pepper together until light and creamy.
  • Stir in the garlic, oregano, celery leaves and parsley.
  • Arrange the cold, cooked shrimp on a platter or in bowls, then pour over the Salmoriglio.
  • Scatter the lemon wedges around, then serve with lots of fresh crusty bread.


Calories: 705kcal (35%) | Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) | Protein: 62g (124%) | Fat: 58g (89%) | Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) | Cholesterol: 756mg (252%) | Sodium: 2447mg (106%) | Potassium: 346mg (10%) | Fiber: 3g (13%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 211IU (4%) | Vitamin C: 44mg (53%) | Calcium: 489mg (49%) | Iron: 8mg (44%)
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