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All Recipes, Tapas / March 5, 2021

Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp | Gambas a la Gabardina Recipe

These Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp, known in Spain as Gambas a la Gabardina, are one of Spain´s most Iconic tapas dishes. Like seriously, you will find this dish at almost every tapas bar. It´s easy to make, packs a ton of flavor and it´s all done in about 30 minutes.

Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp
The reason for the funny name ¨Trench Coat¨ Shrimp, is because the shrimp are coated in a delicious batter before being cooked. The role of the batter is to protect the shrimp, that way they´re perfectly cooked.

Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp
You can serve these shrimp as a tapas appetizer like they do here in Spain. But they also work great as a main course. Serve them next to some classic Spanish potatoes and a salad for an incredible meal. Either way, I always serve these shrimp next to some Garlic Aioli.

Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: What flavors the batter is the beer and the saffron. If beer is not your thing, you can substitute it for club soda. I used shrimp I bought frozen and thawed out. Just to make things easier. The secret? Make sure to pat them completely dry with paper towels. This removes any excess moisture and gives the shrimp a better flavor & texture.

Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Trench Coat Shrimp | Gambas a la Gabardina Recipe

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 15 raw jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 118 ml
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 125 grams
  • 1 tsp baking powder 4 grams
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt 2 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup beer at room temperature 177 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams


  1. Grab 3/4 cup (177 ml) beer at room temperature and pinch in 1/4 tsp (.17 grams) saffron threads, set aside

  2. Add 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour into a large bowl, along with 1 tsp (4 grams) baking powder and 1/4 tsp (2 grams) sea salt, mix the dry ingredients together, then make a well in the bowl, crack in 1 large egg and pour in the saffron beer mixture, mix together until you end up with a creamy batter with no lumps

  3. Pat down 15 raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) with paper towels, season with sea salt & black pepper

  4. Heat a medium to large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/2 cup (118 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  5. While the oil is heating, add the shrimp into the bowl with the batter and make sure they´re well coated

  6. After heating the olive oil for 5 minutes, it should be nice and hot but not smoking, start adding the shrimp into the pan, making sure to shake off as much of the batter as possible and that they´re all in a single layer spaced out from each other, cook in batches

  7. After 2 1/2 to 3 minutes flip the shrimp to fry the other side, after a total cooking time of 5 to 6 minutes, remove the shrimp from the pan and into a plate with paper towels, continue to cook in batches until done (I cook 5 shrimp at a time so it´s all done in 3 batches)

  8. Transfer the cooked shrimp into a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Coco B

    5 stars

    02 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      03 . May . 2024
  2. Melinda

    Can you make these ahead of time?

    20 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can make the batter ahead of time, it will hold for up to 2 to 3 days in the fridge 🙂 Much love

      21 . Dec . 2023
  3. Carole beckstein

    Where can I get recipe for dipping sauce?

    07 . Mar . 2021
  4. Ramya

    will be making this soon with few subs will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    05 . Mar . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! much love 🙂

      05 . Mar . 2021

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