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    Garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo)

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    25 mins

    15 mins

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    canarygirl's Note:

    This is a wonderful Spanish appetizer (tapa), and is so easy to make! It is delicious served with crusty french bread and red wine. It may be made up to a day in advance, and then cooked right before serving.

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    1. 1
      Coat the bottom of an 8" round ceramic dish with olive oil.
    2. 2
      Arrange shrimp to cover bottom, and sprinkle with garlic slices and pepper flakes.
    3. 3
      Drizzle with olive oil.
    4. 4
      Just before cooking, lightly salt.
    5. 5
      Cook over medium high heat, until shrimp is cooked through, and garlic begins to brown, about 5-10 minutes.
    6. 6
      If desired, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley.
    7. 7
      Serve immediately, while the shrimp is still sizzling, with crusty french bread.
    8. 8
      This dish may be made on the stove, or grill.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 17, 2002


      I absolutely adore shrimp and now this recipe has to be one of my favorites. Preparation was so simple yet the shrimp are so flavorful. I experimented with the garlic and pepper flakes making half of the shrimp with a little extra spice. We found it to be perfect and yet not over powering. Served with sauteed artichoke hearts, a green salad and crusty bread for dipping into the sauce. HMMMMMMMMMMM!

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    • on November 13, 2002


      Loved this once I got the seasoning to my liking! I was conservative with the red pepper flakes and salt at first. I used a whole pound of shrimp and 5 garlic cloves. I kept adding salt and red pepper flakes to taste (added garlic powder, too). So good! I love the olive oil instead of butter, too. Thanks cg!

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    • on August 22, 2003


      Great shrimp recipe, cg! Loved the flavors. I went fairly heavy on the chili flakes and added a squirt of lemon and a dusting of parsley. Excellent! Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo)

    Serving Size: 1 (131 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 243.2
    Calories from Fat 139
    Total Fat 15.4 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 172.8 mg
    Sodium 168.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 23.2 g

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