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garlic shrimp

Garlic shrimp

Seafood is easy when done simply. Let's learn the great garlic shrimp recipe - the Spanish gambas al ajillo - a Spaniard delicacy to die for!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 2
Calories 200 kcal


  • pan


  • 500 gr of fresh or thawed frozen shrimp
  • a couple of garlic cloves
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • some smoky paprika
  • olive oil
  • A little bit of chopped coriander for freshness
  • a bit of cognac or a type of spirit to deglaze


  • Clean up the shrimps, dry them up, and put them aside. Chop the garlic into small pieces. 
  • On a frying pan, add some olive oil and chop the garlic.
  • Quickly fry the garlic, and once it gets a little translucent, add the shrimps
  • Salt them, pepper them, paprika them and if you like it a little hot, add some red pepper flakes. 
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the pan as then the shrimps are going to release a lot of liquid and you will be boiling them.
  • they will need 2 minutes on each side. By this time the garlic would have been caramelized and everything would look and 
  • You can potentially deglaze them. Be carefull of the fire if you are cooking with gas
  • Remove it from the pan and make sure to eat it immediately.
  • If you think you added a little too much red pepper flakes as I did, just shop some coriander on top!
Keyword garlic, shrimps