Gambas al Ajillo - Garlic Shrimp

One of my favorite Spanish dishes, Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns) is a very quick and easy to prepare shrimp recipe that's made on the stove top. This luscious and satisfying dish consists of shrimp that are sauteed quickly in olive oil that has been laced with lots of garlic and some red chiles. It is usually offered as an appetizer or served as a "tapas" in many restaurants, but we sometimes like to accompany it with rice or pasta along with a green salad and make a full meal of it. You'll also want to have plenty of crusty bread on hand to capture the delicious pan juices from these garlicky crustaceans. Buen provecho!

(4.6, 48) 88% would make again
Yield: 6 Servings

Cuisine: Spanish   Main Ingredient: Shrimp


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Excellent tasting, easy recipe. Once finished, the sprinkling of parsley not only added flavor, but made the dish look like prepared by a master chef (I am not!). Would recommend this dish to anyone who wants to take there shrimp to the next level! Put it on a bed of wild rice that sealed the deal. Will make again for sure.
garyjoey , 10m ago

I made this last night it was fast, it was easy and it was delicious! I would definitely make this again.
wolvrine , 1y ago

OMG it was amazing! I doubled, added scallops, served over angel hair pasta that was already seasoned with garlic salt and olive oil. We LOVED it! Definitely making it again.
saramasters , 2y ago

Quick, easy, and very yummy! Will make again!
guamerica , 2y ago

1103willy , 2y ago

Loved the dish and will gladly make it again! Loved the garlic with a little bit of heat.. Yumm!!
littleduck , 2y ago

awesome recipe.. only thing i changed was i added powdered dry shrimp instead of bay leaves and that kicked up the taste several notches higher..
dayaniramachandran , 2y ago

zelynamontalvo , 2y ago

We loved this. The perfect amount of garlic!
tabby69 , 2y ago

These were amazing!
jaysp68 , 3y ago

Cooked it as a main and served it with Angel Hair Pasta. Delicious.
heatherferg , 3y ago

I cooked this last night for my Spanish friend. He and I both agreed it was absolutely gorgeous. (I had no fresh chillies so sprinkled on chilli powder and it worked a treat) We had it with some penne pasta, spelt bread (great for mopping up gorgeous oily sauce!) and side dish of tomatoes with balsamic, pine nuts, and oregano. Yum! 5 stars! (and I don't usually like garlicky food!)
nikitimpson , 3y ago

mike0129 , 3y ago

I didn't have the chili so I used ground cayenne pepper. But I felt it needed a tad more I added a few dashes of tobasco. But I loved it! Thanks for adding the recipe!
hnengland , 3y ago

Yum! I don't do shrimp so I substituted imitation crab, doubled and served over angel hair pasta. So good! Everyone in the family loved it!
pols005 , 3y ago

Wow!! this is an AMAZING dish! Very simple to make and OMG the flavor...the flavor is just out of this world good! This will be a go to recipe for entertaining>
trissa , 3y ago

jmol15 , 3y ago

Now, this is A-MA-ZING!! I wasn't sure about so much garlic, but oh! You just feel the savour of it. I skip the spicy ingredient, and replaced with Recado Powder for a nice look. At the end I add 2 TBS butter and let it melt on shrimps. Was amazing! Served with white rice and plantain. This is already in my favourite! Thank you so so much!!!
olivera1975 , 3y ago

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