STREAMING NOW: Simply Nigella

Shrimp and Garlic Tapas (Gambas Al Ajillo)

sparkle sparkle

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Serve tapas right in your own home and it's THAT easy!!! Shrimp with a touch of spanish flair, great for parties or for your family.”
4 tapas dishes

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups olive oil
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
  • 20 medium-large shrimp, deveined and peeled with tails left on
  • 1 hot pepper, cut in half and sliced very thin
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Place 4 serving dishes in oven to keep warm (use the white soufle like dishes).
  3. Heat olive oil in large deep skillet over medium high heat for about 2 minutes or until oil is HOT.
  4. Add garlic and pepper, cooking for 1 minute while stirring. Stiring prevents the garlic from getting burnt (creates a bitter taste).
  5. Add half the shrimp to the pan and cook 30-45 seconds until side is golden, turn shrimp and cook the other side as previously stated.
  6. Remove just shrimp and place 5 pieces in 2 of the 4 oven heated dishes. Close oven to keep warm.
  7. Add remaining shrimp to skillet, cooking shrimp 30-45 seconds on each side.
  8. Remove shrimp and place in other 2 empty dishes.
  9. Take 1 teaspoon of oil mixture and spoon over shrimp in pots, garnish with parsley.
  10. Serve to guest in warmed dishes.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a