Sizzling Gambas al Ajillo – Garlic Prawns

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Spanish Sizzling Garlic Prawns

Prep Time: minutes
Cook Time: minutes
Yields: servings


  • 1 pound prawns peeled and de-veined
  • 8 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne optional
  • 1 tablespoon parsley fresh, if available
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Sizzling Prawns In Garlic And Spices

These sizzling garlic prawns 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 in 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 gambas al ajillo on a bed of rice as a main meal.

The only thing I added to this recipe was some cayenne pepper as I love spicy prawns, so feel free to take of leave the spice. Fresh chili would also be amazing !

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




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

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