Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

This garlic shrimp is a simple tapa dish that is garlicky and spicy.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Easy Recipes, Game Day, Quick Recipes, Summer Recipes, Valentines Day Recipe, Winter Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 pound large raw shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4-6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish optional


  • Add butter, olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a sauté pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Sauté for about 1 minute or until garlic becomes fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
  • Add the paprika, lemon juice and shrimp and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until shrimp are pink and cooked through.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and pour shrimp and oil into serving dish. Top with parsley if desired and serve with crusty bread for dipping.
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