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.
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.
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.
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.
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The BEST Spicy Garlic Shrimp with a DEEP Garlic Flavor
- 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
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat
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
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
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
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!
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