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All Recipes, Tapas / October 10, 2019

Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, Tomatoes & White Wine

Spain is famously known for their tapas, and these Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, Tomatoes & White Wine are no exception. Loaded with an insane amount of flavor, effortless to make and done in under 30 minutes. Serve these tasty shrimp as an appetizer or pour them over some pasta for an incredible main course.

Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, White Wine & Tomatoes
To make this recipe I used frozen shrimp that I thawed out, just to make things easier and cheaper. The secret when you´re using frozen shrimp that have been thawed out, is to make sure you pat them completely dry with paper towels. This removes any of that excess moisture in the shimp, giving them a beautiful texture and flavor.

Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, White Wine & Tomatoes
I also used saffron threads from Golden Saffron. Folk´s, so important to use high-quality saffron in this recipe, it really is what flavors the entire dish. Don´t settle for the immitation stuff, get the real deal. The folk´s over at Golden saffron are making some of the best in the market, trust me, get yourself a tin.

Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, White Wine & Tomatoes
TIPS & TRICKS to make this recipe: When you´re adding the shrimp into the pan, start by adding the first one by the handle, that way when you flip them you know where to start. I used canned diced tomatoes, just because it makes things easier, but if you prefer, you can use fresh tomatoes. Careful when you add the white wine into the pan, it will most likely jump, make sure to mix continuously, this helps a ton.

Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, White Wine & Tomatoes
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Garlic Shrimp with Saffron, Tomatoes & White Wine

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 15 raw peeled & deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • handful freshly chopped parsley


  1. Add a 1/4 cup of warm white wine into a bowl (I heated mine in a sauce pan for just 1 minute), pinch in 1/2 tsp of saffron threads and set aside to let the saffron infuse with the wine

  2. Thinly slice 4 cloves of garlic, reserve a generous 1/2 cup of canned diced tomatoes and season 15 raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper

  3. Heat a fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add the shrimps into the pan seasoned side down, 1 minute later flip the shrimp, after a total cooking time of 2 minutes, remove the shrimps from the pan and set aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat add in the sliced garlics and mix with the olive oil, 30 to 60 seconds later (you don´t want to burn the garlic), add in the saffron infused wine and quickly mix it all together, the wine might jump from the pan because of the alcohol, so be careful, about 90 seconds after adding the white wine and all the alcohol has burned off, add the diced tomatoes, season with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper and mix it all together

  5. After simmering the tomatoes for 5 minutes add the shrimp back into the pan and mix it all together until well combined, this will incorporate all the flavors into the shrimps, once it´s well mixed remove from the heat, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the SAFFRON THREADS FROM GOLDEN SAFFRON I used in this recipe.

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  1. Anthony

    This is a great recipe, so easy to make and one of our favorite quick mid week meals.

    27 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      27 . Aug . 2023
  2. William Mercer

    5 stars
    WOW! this is so good. I have made this twice and my wife and I really enjoy this dish. While my wife enjoys it on its own, I like mine over angle hair pasta. Thanks for a winning recipe.

    01 . Dec . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      01 . Dec . 2020

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