Recipe: Gambas Al Ajillo

shrimpCook up this classic and simple Spanish dish to start fixing your own tapas at home!


  • ½ lb of prawns, fresh or thawed (we used fifteen size large 26/30 shrimp)
  • 2 TB olive oil or fat of choice
  • 1/8 tsp spicy red chili flakes (more, less, or omit to taste)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced – for large cloves cut in half lengthwise before slicing
  • Spanish paprika
  • 2 to 3 TB fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ lemon



  1. Heat the oil or fat in a skillet to medium heat. Add the chili flakes and allow to flavor the oil for one minute.
  2. Add the garlic and then place the shrimp in a single layer in the pan. Cook the shrimp for 3 minutes total (1 to 2 minutes per side). Halfway through, use tongs to flip shrimp and stir around garlic.
  3. When shrimp has turned pink, remove them from the skillet to a plate, and spoon the garlic and chile flavored oil over them.
  4. To garnish, squeeze a half lemon over the shrimp. Sprinkle paprika and then parsley over the top, and serve.


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