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Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage may sound unusual, but these three ingredients together make an amazing side dish you’ll be craving.

As promised, I am finally posting my Rice with Dried Shrimp recipe. When my father was alive, he enjoyed making this recipe. In his honor, I thought why not make Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage?

I love this dish. It’s one of my favorite rice recipes! If you’ve never had rice with dried shrimp, making it is well worth the effort. It smells wonderful while it’s cooking. I serve this either as a side dish or as the main course. Try it served with fish or other seafood like scallops.

Many of you might know what Tri-Tri are and you also know its taste. Tri-Tri adds tons of flavors to a rice dish. The taste is almost like salted fish.

I was only aware of the dried Tri-Tri when I lived in Haiti. Tri-Tri is the Creole translation for tiny shrimp, almost like anchovies. Although some make rice with anchovies, I remember my dad making it with tiny dried shrimp.

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I found Dried Shrimp at an Asian food store and thought it would be a great idea to make the rice again. When buying a bag of dried shrimp, read the ingredients and instructions carefully. The dried shrimp with coloring, of course, look much better and more delicious than the ones without coloring. But don’t buy it! Buy the ones that are without coloring.

I prefer buying a pack without sulfites, without coloring. I like real dried shrimp with no coloring. Mother Nature gives us tomatoes in abundance, so we don’t have to worry about coloring our rice dish. Much more natural!

About the Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

The rice is made with cabbage, tomatoes, dried shrimp, and spices. I only add fresh spices because I want the rice to taste like dried shrimp. Dried shrimp have a mild anchovies taste.

The taste of the shrimp is not overpowering. The spices enhance their flavor while cooking. The dish is made of white rice. You can also use yellow rice or brown rice if you prefer.  It can also be eaten as a main dish instead of a side dish because of the vegetables added.

Spice up your rice with ingredients to create more exotic dishes. Make Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage today!

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Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage is a savory and delicious rice dish that is perfect for dinner and lunch.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish, Side Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 2834 kcal



  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 ½ cups dried baby shrimp cleaned and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup onions
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 sprig thyme


  • Clean and rinse the shrimp. Place shrimps in a strainer to remove any excess water—heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic, shrimp, and onion. Let fry for about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, tomatoes, black pepper, and salt. Let fry for about 3 – 4 minutes, then add thyme and rice. Only stir to blend all ingredients. Add water and gently stir. Let the rice boil until the water is almost evaporated. Cover and lower heat. Let cook for about 20 to 25 minutes until the water evaporates and the rice is fully cooked and fluffy. Depending on the rice brand, this may take an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot with a meat or fish dish or by itself.


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 2834kcalCarbohydrates: 319gProtein: 300gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4046mgSodium: 13162mgFiber: 11gSugar: 10g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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