Spanish Garlic Shrimp: Gambas al Ajillo Recipe

Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce
Original Hot Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4
Serving Size: serve as tapas or as main course

Gambas al Ajillo, or Spanish Garlic Shrimp, is a delightful and iconic Spanish dish known for its simple yet incredibly flavorful preparation.

This recipe showcases succulent shrimp and bursting cherry tomatoes that are quickly sautéed in hot sauce and garlic-infused olive oil, resulting in a mouthwatering blend of flavors that’s hard to resist.

Gambas al Ajillo is a traditional Spanish dish that is typically served as tapas or appetizers.

However, it can also be enjoyed as a main course when paired with crusty bread for dipping.

This dish offers a delightful combination of flavors, with the sweetness of shrimp, the mellow cherry tomatoes, the richness of garlic, and a hint of heat from the caramelized hot sauce.

Each bite is a harmonious blend of these delicious elements.

Whether you’re planning a Spanish-themed meal or simply want to indulge in a dish that’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors, Gambas al Ajillo is a must-try recipe that’s sure to impress your taste buds.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 cup of cherry tomatoes

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Crusty bread, for serving


87Step 1

Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Add the finely minced garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the garlic becomes fragrant and just starts to turn golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

Step 3

Add the cherry tomatoes to the skillet and sauté for about 2 minutes.

Step 4

In a bowl, add Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce and shrimp. Toss until the shrimp is covered in hot sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Sauté the shrimp for about 3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and opaque. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of your shrimp, so be sure not to overcook them.

Step 6

Once the shrimp are cooked through and have a nice golden color, remove the skillet from the heat.

Step 7

Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley over the Gambas al Ajillo for a burst of color and freshness.

Step 8

Serve the Spanish Garlic Shrimp hot with crusty bread for dipping, allowing the bread to soak up the delicious garlic-infused olive oil.


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