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Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe (Gambas Al Ajillo)

This easy garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo) is a classic Spanish tapas. Delicious shrimp cooked in olive oil with a lot of garlic, it can’t get any better!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish
Servings: 4
Calories: 251kcal


  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 10 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ lemon juice of
  • cup parsley chopped


  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and sliced garlic. Saute until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Toss shrimp with salt and add it to the garlic. Sear for a few minutes until cooked and no longer pink.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle chopped parsley. Serve immediately.



  • Don’t overcook the shrimp: Shrimp doesn’t need much time to cook. It’s ready to serve when it’s no longer pink and is opaque. 
  • Leftovers: This dish is best served fresh, however, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. 
  • Be prepared: Have all the ingredients on hand before you start cooking since shrimp cooks quickly. Start cooking this dish a few minutes before you’re ready to eat. 
  • Dunk the bread: That garlicky spicy olive oil in the pan is gold! Dunk your bread in to enjoy all the flavors!


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1185mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 3mg