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All Recipes, Tapas / February 23, 2022

The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp with a DEEP Garlic Flavor | Easy Recipe

Spain is known for having some amazing seafood dishes and these Spicy Garlic Shrimp are no exception. Packed with an insane amount of garlic flavor, easy to make and done in just 15 minutes. Truly, what classic Spanish food is all about.

The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp
This dish is known here in Spain as Gambas al Ajillo Picantes. Typically served as a tapas appetizer, but you can certainly serve them over some pasta or rice for an incredible main course. Either way, serve these shrimp next to a baguette to mop up all that delicious garlic sauce.

The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp
What really flavors these shrimp and gives them that spicy kick is the hot smoked Spanish paprika. You can also use chilis here or even chili flakes. But the hot smoked Spanish paprika is what gives these shrimp that authentic Spanish touch and the perfect balance of heat.

The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used raw jumbo shrimp that I bought frozen and thawed out. But you can also use fresh shrimp here if you like. Either way, make sure to pat the shrimp down with paper towels to remove any excess water from them. This way they can absorb all the flavors in the pan.

The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp with a DEEP Garlic Flavor

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 133 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 20 raw jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice 6 cloves of garlic, finely chop a handful of fresh parsley and pat dry 20 raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) with paper towels, season with sea salt & black pepper just on one side

  3. After heating the pan for 6 to 8 minutes on a medium heat, add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic (peeled), mix continuously, after 2 minutes and the garlic is lightly sauteed, remove from the pan and discard, then add in the shrimp seasoned side down, all in a single layer, cook for 60 seconds per side, then remove from the pan and set aside

  4. Lower the heat to a low heat, add in the sliced garlic, mix continuously, after 1 minute and the garlic is lightly sauteed turn off the heat, add in 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika and a little sea salt, mix together, then add in the shrimp and mix together

  5. Transfer the shrimp into a serving dish, pour the garlic sauce over the shrimp and sprinkle with the finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp with a DEEP Garlic Flavor
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Richard M

    5 stars
    just discovered your YouTube channel and watched you make this dish. Wow! ok this was delightfully delicious. Love watching you cook, it’s so relaxing. Then i get in the kitchen and all hell breaks out. However, the dish came out excellent. Tonight making roasted potatoes with chimichurri.
    So glad I came across your channel, needed some new dishes.

    01 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      02 . Mar . 2022
  3. A Gouda Life

    5 stars
    Hi there – just stumbled across this recipe and your site on Foodgawker. The Shrimp looks so delicious – as does the Spanish Vegetable Noodle Soup (and so many more) – both are on my list to try! Beautiful site – glad I found it!

    25 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      25 . Feb . 2022

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