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, 49) 88% would make again

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Yield: 6 Servings Ready in 45 minutes

Cuisine: Spanish   Main Ingredient: Shrimp


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Cooked it as a main and served it with Angel Hair Pasta. Delicious.
Heatherferg , 1 years ago

babygirlnugent , 2 years 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 , 2 years ago

Mike0129 , 2 years ago

noelle0320 , 2 years 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 , 2 years 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 , 2 years ago

coreyschrieber , 2 years 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 , 2 years ago

jmol15 , 2 years ago

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