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Do you want an easy unique appetizer? Let’s make popular Gambas al Ajillo or Spanish Garlic Shrimp. It is a classic tapas dish in Spain. It consists of succulent shrimp with a spicy and garlicky sauce. Perfect with some crusty bread!

Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spain
Keyword gambas, garlic, shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb Large Shrimp peeled except the tail and deveined
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 cloves Garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Parsley chopped
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Chili Powder (optional)
  • 1 Baguette
  • 40 g Butter For spread in baguette


  1. Slice baguette diagonally about ½ inch thick.

  2. Spread butter on both sides. Toast in the pan over medium heat for 10 minutes total. Flip halfway.

  3. Thinly slice the garlic.

  4. Heat olive oil and garlic in a skillet over low heat. Cook until garlic is turned golden around the edges, about 2-4 minutes.

  5. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes until the shrimp starting to curl but still undercook. Then flip the shrimp and cook for about 1 minute.

  6. Pour chicken broth then add sea salt, black pepper and chilli powder to your taste.

  7. Roughly chopped parsley and add it into gambas.

  8. Stirring continuously until boil and the shrimp is cook about 1 minute.

  9. Gambas Al Ajillo is ready to serve. Enjoy with toasted baguette bread.