Gambas Al Ajillo | Classic Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapas Recipe

Gambas Al Ajillo | Classic Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapas. This buttery, garlicky rendition of the Spanish tapas favorite is super fast and easy.

This is a super easy and fast appetizer or main dish.  It cooks in less than 10 minutes.

Serve with a simple green salad and crusty bread.

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Gambas Al Ajillo | Spanish Garlic Prawns

Course: Appetizer, late night snack, Snack, Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 411 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

A favorite dish in Spanish tapas bars and restaurants. This yummy shrimp dish is swimming in the most delicious sauce of butter and garlic.

Easy to make and always a hit.

Serve with a simple green salad and crusty bread for sopping up the amazing sauce.



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 5 garlic cloves minced (more if you are a garlic lover)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes to taste
  • 4 T flat leaf parsley chopped
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter In a wide, shallow sauté pan or my favorite Calphalon Everyday pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the Shrimp and Garlic and sauté quickly for about 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is pink and opaque.

  3. Add cherry tomatoes.

  4. Add the lemon juice, paprika, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Transfer to a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once with crusty bread.

Recipe Notes



This recipe makes 4 main courses or 8 appetizers.

Nutrition Facts
Gambas Al Ajillo | Spanish Garlic Prawns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 459mg153%
Sodium 1435mg62%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1215IU24%
Vitamin C 27.6mg33%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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