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Spanish Garlic Shrimp – Gambas al Ajillo

Spanish Garlic Shrimp - Gambas al Ajillo -
Written by Gryphon

I first had Spanish Garlic Shrimp – Gambas al Ajillo years ago on holiday. Every time I go back, it is the first thing I order. It is actually remarkably simple to make at home for which the children have been guinea pigs. It has been one of Spain’s most popular tapas.  Even I can make it as it fast, simple and full of shrimp being sautéed in garlic. Also, in Spain a lot of recipes add a drop or two of Brandy and a gentle sprinkle of cayenne pepper. However, one of the best things  about this recipe is that it can be a starter or a main course or for my view point both!!! Just make sure you have a lot of  home made bread available to dunk in the excellent sauce.

Spanish Garlic Shrimp - Gambas al Ajillo -

Spanish Garlic Shrimp - Gambas al Ajillo

Fast and easy to produce. A starter and a main course makes this a garlic heaven.
4.68 from 65 votes
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Course: Canapes, Main Dish, Starter
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Seafood
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 254kcal



  • Heat the oil in a saute pan over moderate heat.
  • Add the whole cloves of garlic and cook until golden.
  • Add the shrimp and cook, turning frequently, until firm and opaque.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Bring to the table while still bubbling.


Image supplied by by Javier Lastras from España/Spain (Gambas al Ajillo) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 124mg | Calories: 254kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 28g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 4g