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Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp W/ Garlic) Catalonia

PamelaPamela Fear

While this is usually served as a tapa, it is too good not to eat as a main course. Serve with lots of warm crusty bread to sop up the sauce…. You will not want to waste a drop! (Make sure you are “warming” the olive oil and the butter, not cooking it off..... cause you’ll want every last bit of it for the sauce)

servings:Makes 4 servings
total time:
15 min


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp W/ Garlic) Catalonia photo


  • 1

    In a wide, shallow sauté pan over high heat, warm the Olive Oil and the Butter; add the Shrimp and Garlic and sauté quickly for about 2-3 minutes.

  • 2

    Add the lemon juice, paprika, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasonings to your liking.

  • 3

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



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