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Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp in Olive Oil)

I’m crazy over shrimp, it’s just sad that my husband (who likes it, too)  has allergic reaction to seafood that’s why I couldn’t eat it anymore, too.

But, sometimes he would let me have it when we eat out and one time I ordered Gambas al Ajillo or shrimp in olive oil at our favorite restaurant (it is our favorite restaurant now because of it plus we have a discount card there ahaha), it looks so good that he couldn’t help himself.. he took a bite and got hooked ( he brings antihistamine tablets with him, so no worries, there)!

Okay, since it has become our favorite, of course I have to learn how to make it at home so we can have as much as we like  for less than the cost.  

I have about a dozen shrimp in the freezer so I thought of giving it a was a success, am happy to say. Next time I’ll make a big batch of this dish.

It is quite easy to make, with only a few ingredients, make sure though that you have them and put them ALL – I actually forgot to add the red chili peppers-much to my husband’s disappointment. 🙁

But it’s still good without it, good thing I seasoned the shrimp with ground cayenne pepper, so there’s was some hint of heat there..barely but better than nothing…

I adapted the recipe from SeriousEats. If you want a really in-depth look on how to make this dish, go will be enlightened. 🙂

Happy Cooking! God Bless 🙂

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp in Olive Oil)

5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer, Seafood, Shrimp
Cuisine: Filipino, Spanish
Keyword: gambas, gambas al ajillo, garlic shrimp, garlic shrimp in olive oil
Servings: 3
Author: Olive
It is quite easy to make, with only a few ingredients, make sure though that you have them and put them ALL
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  • Make sure that the shrimp is already very clean, put them in a bowl, season with sea salt, ground cayenne pepper, baking soda and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Let shrimp marinate for a few minutes or up to half an hour.
  • When ready to cook, heat a pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, be generous with it, depending on quantity of shrimp.
  • Once oil is hot, add red chilli peppers, cook for about a minutes then add minced garlic, once it begins to brown, add the shrimp and the black olives.
  • Saute just until shrimp it turns pink, then add sherry wine vinegar, if using, otherwise a little water would do, too.
  • Sprinkle parsley flakes or chopped fresh parsley.. and it's done!
  • Squeeze a wedge of lemon before serving. (optional)
  • Serve with toasted garlic bread or over pasta or rice. Enjoy!
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