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Mediterranean Shrimp Soup: Easy & Quick Recipe

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When someone says “Mediterranean cuisine,” a few things can definitely come to your mind: olive oil, herbs, lots of fruits, and definitely seafood. Today, I decided to share with you one seafood soup, which is especially famous in the Croatian area. It is Mediterranean shrimp soup. This traditional Croatian soup (also called shrimp alla buzara) is often prepared due to its simplicity and short cooking time. 

You will need just a few ingredients: shrimps, olive oil, garlic, parsley, chopped tomatoes, and white wine. To get the wanted flavor, shrimps should be the head-on, and all vegetables should be fresh. Wine can be slightly sour, even though I prefer the sweet type. Feel free to make the same recipe using prawns. It will be equally delicious!

When it comes to a side dish for Mediterranean shrimp soup, keep it simple. Many people eat it alone, with boiled potatoes, grilled bread slices, or cornmeal.

mediterranean shrimp soup recipe

Cleaning shrimps (the right way)

Cleaning shrimps is easier than it looks. First, you remove the head. Then, you start carefully taking off the shell part by part, starting from the upper part and from the inside where the legs are. When you come to the lowest part of the shrimp, loosen it up a little bit, and then pull the whole tail out.

Pour some water and fresh lemon juice into the separate bowl for cleaning your fingers and to make sure that the smell doesn’t last.

cleaning shrimps

Just remember, cleaning comes after the soup is done. The shrimp’s head is actually to thank for the beautiful flavor of the Mediterranean shrimp soup. 

Mediterranean shrimp soup recipe

mediterranean shrimp soup

Mediterranean Shrimp Soup

Author: Laura Bais
Originally coming from Croatia, Mediterranean shrimp soup spread its flavors all across the Mediterranean. You can also find it by the name shrimp alla buzara.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 483 kcal


  • 2 lbs Head-on shrimp
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 1 small can Chopped tomatoes Use one store bought can or cut 1 1/2 fresh tomatoes.
  • 3 tbsp Minced fresh parsley


  • Wash the shrimps.
  • Pour olive oil into one pan and heat it up. When it's warm, add grated garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced parsley, tomatoes and wine.
  • When it starts to boil, add shrimp in and cook them for 15 minutes over low heat.
  • When shrimps are done, add the rest of the parsley and stir.


Serve Mediterranean shrimp soup with cornmeal, boiled potatoes or grilled slices of bread.
Since you eat the shrimp with your hands, make sure you put one bowl with water and fresh lemon juice on the table. It will help you wash out the smell.
Keep it refrigerated, and eat it within two days.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 6.7gProtein: 41.1gFat: 29.5gSaturated Fat: 3.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 19.7gCholesterol: 367.5mgSodium: 532.5mgPotassium: 515.9mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 2.9gVitamin A: 41.6IUVitamin C: 21.3mgCalcium: 140.7mgIron: 6.9mg
Keyword Mediterranean shrimp soup, red shrimp soup, shrimp alla buzara
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