Garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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!

Just Cher September 17, 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!

GinnyP November 13, 2002

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!

Denise! August 22, 2003