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Sizzling Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2-4 servings
Sizzling shrimp In garlic and spices... it's a classic Spanish tapas that's super-easy to make at home.

These gambas al ajillo are pretty much perfect in every way: tons of garlic, a bit of sherry and a dash of heat.

This is probably one of the only recipes I have had in Spain that is absolutely full of garlic; where I live the food tends to be quite moderate on the spices and garlic. So when I came across this at a local restaurant, I asked for the recipe and voila¡! It's identical and super simple!

I served mine with slightly crispy tortillas, but a baguette would be perfect for mopping up the juices. You could also serve these gambas al ajillo on a bed of rice as a meal.

The only thing I added to this recipe was some cayenne pepper, as I love spicy shrimp. Fresh chili would also be amazing! Feel free to leave the spice out if you don't like your shrimp with a kick.

The only thing I really recommend with this recipe is good quality extra virgin olive oil; it makes all the difference in flavor.



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  1. Heat the oven to 420º F.
  2. In an oven proof dish, add all ingredients and mix until shrimp are fully coated.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes (depending on your oven) or until shrimp are pink and sizzling.
  4. Serve with crusty bread.
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