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Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp in Olive Oil)

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Course: Appetizer, Seafood, Shrimp
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Olive@LatestRecipes.net
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Ingredients (click ingredient to buy it)

  • 12 pcs shrimp shelled, deveined and headless
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • pitted black olives
  • siling labuyo / red chilli peppers whole
  • sherry wine vinegar I don't have this, so I just used water instead
  • parsley flakes or fresh parsley
  • lemon wedge for serving, optional


  • 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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