Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

  • Recipe By
  • Published Jul 9th
  • Ready In20m
  • Servings4
  • Calories227
Every Spanish restaurant serves this dish of shrimp cloaked in garlic-infused olive oil with smoky hints of paprika and a touch of sweetness from sherry. Make sure you have all your ingredients together before you head to the stove since, start to finish, this cooks in mere minutes. It's great for a tapas party, since you can prep everything ahead of time. Just spoon the shrimp and sauce over toasted bread and sprinkle more cayenne and parsley on top to enjoy.

Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) for 4 servings:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound frozen large shrimp (21-25 count) - thawed, peeled, and deveined
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook5m
  • Ready In20m

To cook Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo), you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) is about 5 minutes , and you can serve your Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) within 20 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) easily:

  1. 1 Slice garlic thinly. Season shrimp with kosher salt and paprika. Mix to coat.
  2. 2 Heat garlic and oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until garlic starts to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and increase heat to high. Toss and turn shrimp with tongs until starting to curl but still undercooked, about 2 minutes. Pour in sherry. Cook, stirring continuously, until sauce comes up to a boil and shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley with a spoon.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Unless you live in a few choice locations, it's rare to find true fresh shrimp at the market. All they do is thaw some frozen, and put it in the case, where it sits until you buy it, which is why it really makes a lot more sense to purchase frozen. To thaw, run cold water into the bowl of frozen shrimp and let it sit for about 10 minutes before draining. Repeat once more.
  • Feel free to substitute sherry with white wine plus a pinch of sugar.
  • This video shows how to properly devein shrimp.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 227 calories; 15.1 grams of fat; 2.5 grams of carbohydrates; 18.8 grams of protein; 173 milligrams of cholesterol; 344 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jan 25th 2019


  2. Jan 21st 2019

    Very easy and very tasty. As noted in other reviews, make sure you thinly slice the garlic (not chopped or minced). I skipped the paprika (my wife is allergic), but I'm sure it would have re ...

  3. Jan 18th 2019

    This was super bland. I even added chili powder and extra paprika and sherry. Boring!

  4. Jan 15th 2019

    This was SO good! Doubled the recipe for a family meal - served with rice, a baguette and a green salad. Didn't have hot paprika (just regular) - but I don't like spicy anyhow. Used sherr ...

  5. Jan 11th 2019

    Good shrimp dish. Like most shrimp recipes, this one was quick to make. Kind of reminded me of shrimp scampi..I can't have any alcohol in my food so for sherry I substituted 1 tablespoon ap ...

  6. Jan 9th 2019

    Super easy and a hit for the football game.

  7. Sep 7th 2018

    Awesome and simple.

  8. Aug 31st 2018

    I did make this and it was easy and yummy.

  9. Jul 8th 2018

    This was excellent. Take the time to thinly slice the garlic instead of dice it as it makes a difference (especially if you soak up the sauce with a nice crusty bread, which you definitely ...