Almost Turkish Recipes

Shrimp Stew (Karides Güveç)

This is a family recipe that I wanted to post here for a long time, but it is so tasty that I usually never have a chance to photograph it. Here we go

serves 6

1 or 2 lb raw, peeled shrimp (use 2 lb if you are having company)
1 onion, finely chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
2 green pepper, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
sliced white mushroom (use as much as you want)
3-4 tomatoes, diced (if you will use canned diced tomato, put it in a blender)
4 bay leaves
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1 -2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper

optional: crushed red pepper flakes

-Heat oil in a broad pot. Cook onion and garlic until soft.
-Add peppers. Stir for 2 minutes.
-Add mushroom. Cook until almost soft.
-Stir in tomato. If the tomatoes you are using are not very juicy, add some water to barely cover the vegetables and mushroom.
-Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes until tomato is cooked.
-Stir in shrimps. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Not more!
-Add parsley.
-Divide it into individual oven safe soup bowls or souffle dishes, or put the whole stew in a big one. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
-After 20 minutes cover each with grated mozzarella and bake until golden brown.
-Serve with white rice.


  1. Wow, Burcu, this looks delicious.

  2. Gorgeous photos! Looks fantastic.

  3. Lovely! I'll bet it's equally good without the cheese, for an even lighter dish.

  4. What a delicious dish Burcu:D I can see why it would be one of your family favourites:D

  5. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Thank you for posting this! We used to drive all the way across the Bosphorus to get this at a little restaurant on the water. Now I can make it at home. It looks incredible, if not as cheesy as I remember.

  6. Erin: I took the picture before I covered it with cheese so that the dish could actually be seen. You are right; it is a cheesy dish :)

  7. I think it is perfectly understandable why it took you so long to post it - it looks absolutely delicious and begs not to be waiting around to be photographed :)

  8. I ate this dish in Patara, a village in southern Turkey...Delighted to see the recipe and think about making it. However the cheese was something different than mozzarella, almost like a hard, sheep's cheese. Any thoughts on that?

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  10. marusya: I used and gave in the recipe mozzzarella because it is not easy to find the kind of cheese that we use in Turkey. You might look for kashkaval cheese; that would be the closest you can get.

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  12. Anonymous4:14 AM

    We cooked this today and it was so delicious, it disappeared in a flash.
    Thank you for posting this family favorite. It will become a family favorite for us , too.

  13. Anonymous2:21 AM

    Vooowww, I will certainly try shrimps that way. I can even now feel that hot Guvec taste.. mmmm delicious Turkish recipe.

  14. Hi Burcu, if I skip the oven process, will it still turn out good? Because I can't bake in this rented place...

  15. turkland-yes, it will but make sure that you add the cheese right after you take it off the stove so that it still would melt

  16. I lived in Istanbul in the late 80's and still remember this dish and decided now to do it and just found yours which looks delicious.

    Thank you,


  17. Anonymous5:38 AM

    i wasn't quiete sure who copied whose recipe, as they are nearly identical!!

  18. Anonymous5:39 AM

    oh i just saw she did mention as source and your website...

  19. Hello Burcu,

    I am very happy to find a Turkish recipes blog in English :) finally!

    Actually I have been looking for a seafood stew recipe (turkish style) and I found this great one of yours! Thank you!

    Well, I just want to ask you if there is any other similar recipe... because during my visit to Istanbul, my husband ordered a seafood stew and it was fantastic... it was hot and spicy and I loved it, we ate it at a restaurant in the last port of Bosphorus long tour, I'm sorry I don't have any further info about it..

    Thank you!


  20. Duygu4:41 PM

    Great recipe, thanks Burcu. I did it without the cheese but I am sure it will be almost as good :) having tasted it yet, still cooking in the oven.

  21. wooow very tasty recipe, greetings from Indonesia, me permission note this recipe ^_^

  22. is that too long to cook the shrimp???

  23. Wow, Ronald, best compliment from some hard customers :)