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A platter of shrimp with sliced garlic and chopped parsley

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

One of the most popular Spanish tapas dishes, Gambas al Ajillo or Garlic Shrimp, is as easy to make as it is delicious. Serve it with crusty bread to soak up the garlic infused oil!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Tapas
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 281 kcal


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined, tails left on
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Chili flakes to taste
  • Kosher salt


  • Heat the oil over medium-low heat in a large non-stick or cast iron pan, and add the garlic. Gently cook the garlic, stirring regularly to allow it to infuse the oil and become fragrant and golden. About 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and continue to cook, stirring to ensure it cooks evenly, until shrimp is mostly pink throughout, another 5 minutes or so. Add the parsley, sherry, lemon zest, chili flakes, and salt to taste. Cook another few minutes to absorb flavors and finish cooking the shrimp. Serve immediately with crusty bread.

Notes & Nutrition

Servings 6.0 * calories 281 * Total Fat 20 g * Saturated Fat 3 g * Monounsaturated Fat 13 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 220 mg * Sodium 855 mg * Potassium 29 mg * Total Carbohydrate 4 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 0 g * Protein 20 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*