15 Minute Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa

15-minute Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa

This simple, delicious Spanish shrimp tapa is full of flavor that will impress your guests, but only you will know how easy and quick it was to prepare. It is the perfect snack for your company or a quick dinner for two on a busy weeknight.

 

Quick and Easy Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa

Every meal should start with a tapa and one of Spain’s favorite tapas is gambas al ajillo, aka garlic shrimp. It takes about 15 minutes to make this delicious Spanish garlic shrimp but it tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.

 

What I love about this appetizer is that it makes entertaining a breeze. I always keep a bag of peeled, deveined shrimp in my freezer (of course, fresh is better). My guests, and especially my husband, make sure there are no leftovers.

 

Everything is better with garlic, don’t you think? I’ve eaten things that I normally wouldn’t only because they were prepared with lots of garlic. To name a few:

  • Escargot
  • Frog legs
  • Mussels
  • Shrimp

 

Yet, lucky for my husband, I dislike shrimp. It’s a field day for him in the event that I prepare it. I’m fine with scooping up the sauce like in marinated spicy shrimp dish because it is super delicious.

 

Even better for dipping bread is this Spanish sauce of garlic, lemon, and dry sherry. So much so, it was gone before I even served it. Do you taste your food while cooking? I usually don’t (wouldn’t suggest this for the beginner cooks) but I couldn’t resist the fragrance of this garlic shrimp.

 

My fresh baked bread came out of the oven hot and soft on the inside with a wonderful crispy crust. I just had to tear a piece and soak it in the sauce, and the next piece, and then the next…I mean, who needs shrimp anyway?

 

The Spanish use lots of garlic for this recipe, like ten cloves or more. Because garlic makes lonely, I only used two large cloves and it was perfect. But by all means, go for ten. Garlic is good for you; it wards off illness (and vampires, ha!) and also increases strength and endurance.

 

For the sake of authenticity, as well as to make sure you don’t reek like you’ve bathed in garlic, I’m listing five cloves in my ingredients. Just know you can adjust it the way you like it.

 

15 Minute Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe

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ngredients:
Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it hot)
  • 1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp, about 25 per pound
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley leaves

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • Use Spanish brandy instead of dry sherry.
  • Substitute cayenne pepper with Spanish paprika and red pepper flakes.
  • Cook shrimp with the shell on, like the Spanish do.

 

Directions:

  1. If using frozen shrimp, defrost. Rinse shrimp under cold water and pat dry.
  2. In a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. I love my skillet and cook so many dishes in it, as you may have noticed. Amazon has an awesome deal right now – you should totally take advantage!
  3. Add the garlic and cayenne pepper and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic!
  4. Next, add the shrimp, lemon juice, and sherry and increase the heat to medium-high.
  5. Stir well, then sauté turning them once until the shrimp turn pink and curl – about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Transfer shrimp with oil and sauce to a serving plate or serve right from the pan.  Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with fresh bread.

 

Spanish style shrimp in garlicy sauce is new family favorite

Delicious Spanish style garlic shrimp

15 Minute Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
It takes about 15 minutes to make this delicious Spanish garlic shrimp but it tastes like you've spent hours in the kitchen.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper more if you like it hot
  • 1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp about 25 per pound
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. If using frozen shrimp, defrost. Rinse shrimp under cold water and pat dry.
  2. In a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic and cayenne pepper and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic!
  4. Next, add the shrimp, lemon juice, and sherry and increase the heat to medium-high.
  5. Stir well, then sauté turning them once until the shrimp turn pink and curl – about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Transfer shrimp with oil and sauce to a serving plate or serve right from the pan.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Use Spanish brandy instead of dry sherry. Substitute cayenne pepper with Spanish paprika and red pepper flakes. Cook shrimp with the shell on, like the Spanish do.

 

Pin it: 15-Minute Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa

Only 15 minutes to make this delicous Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa aka gambas al ajillo. The garlic, lemon, parsley sauce is perfect for dipping your crusty bread.

 

See this recipe featured on Life in a House of Testosterone,  Imparting Grace, Tatertots and Jello, and The Pin Junkie.

 

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60 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    May 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    As long as we’re both eating garlic, 2 is company!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      haha, right!

  2. Reply
    Ann
    May 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Too easy, Jas! Too good too! hmmm….yum. I love my prawns!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Ann! Quick and easy is my favorite! 😉

  3. Reply
    Tania
    May 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Oh my God, that looks delicious Jas! I love seafood and eating that as a sandwich just sounds so good :o)

    Tania

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you, Tania! I love fish but shrimp, not so much…

  4. Reply
    Michelle
    May 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I might just be able to pull this one off Jas, that’s if I don’t finish the sherry before the time 😉 I love any kind of seafood, but the hubby is allergic so we don’t make it too often. I’ll just have to get him some garlic bread so we can still share a bed 😉

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Ha, ha, aren’t you romantic? 😉

  5. Reply
    Donna
    May 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Yum!! You had me at the Russian-Mushroom Soup, but this looks incredibly delicious as well. It would be hard to choose. Wish I had both right now!!
    #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty#15

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thank you, Donna!

  6. Reply
    Grammy Dee
    May 15, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Looks yummy! Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you much!

  7. Reply
    Beverly
    May 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Jas,
    OMG, this looks so yummy. I have shrimp in the freezer so I know what I am making this week.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Bev! Hope you’ll like them 🙂

  8. Reply
    Lori Hill-Smith
    May 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    This looks so good!
    Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you, Lori!

  9. Reply
    Rhonda
    May 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Such an easy recipe and oh so good. I’d use the 10 cloves of garlic (might even leave the shrimp out 🙂 ). Use a good, crusty, bakery fresh baguette ( when I was in Costa Brava, my morning ritual would be to walk down to the local bakery and pick a couple up for lunchtime).

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Ha ha, Rhonda! Who needs shrimp, right? Nothing better than fresh crusty bread (especially if you don’t have to bake it). That was my ritual while living in Europe too! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  10. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    May 17, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Ohhhh – pinned!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Helen! 🙂

  11. Reply
    Theresa @DearCreatives
    May 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Looks so good! The Mr. would love this recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, Theresa!

  12. Reply
    Mary
    May 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    How can you cook without tasting the food Jas? Sometimes I am ready to dive into the pot. Haha! Especially after having to clean the shrimp. that is one big job!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t know, Mary, I just don’t. I put everything in, usually eyeballing it, and pray it turns out good. Even with a brand new recipe, lol.

  13. Reply
    Sandra
    May 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t eat garlic either, but I would sop up that sauce in a heartbeat! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I think a little garlic goes a long way too 🙂

  14. Reply
    Clearissa
    May 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Oh my…one more way to prepare my favorite, SHRIMP. Thank you so much. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      😀

  15. Hi Jas what time is dinner? These look delicious and one of our favourites in our house. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve pinned and shared.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      You’re welcome anytime, Sue! Have a great weekend!

  16. Reply
    Patty
    May 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Mmmm Delicious Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you, Patty, and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  17. Reply
    Carol ("Mimi")
    May 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I live in coastal Georgia where shrimping is an important part of the economy, and area restaurants are known for their signature shrimp dishes. This recipe looks really delicious. Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Oh, I can only imagine all the wonderful flavors!

  18. Reply
    Richella Parham
    May 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Okay, your food always looks good, but this looks wonderful! I’ve pinned this recipe for future reference. I love shrimp, but it’s easy to end up with a less-than-flavorful shrimp dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Richella! This dish is definitely full of flavor 🙂

  19. Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Your Spanish Garlic Shrimp looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

  20. Reply
    Carlee
    May 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    That looks amazing! I can’t believe you don’t eat shrimp. My little dude will happily come eat your share!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      He can have it all, ha! It’s not the flavor, it’s something about the texture and the look that grosses me out. However, I LOVE bang-bang shrimp! They’re smaller, breaded, and coated in a sauce so I can’t even tell I’m eating shrimp, lol.

  21. Reply
    Ania
    May 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    This is perfect combinantion! Will give it a go next weekend.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you, Ania!

  22. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    June 12, 2017 at 1:46 am

    This dish looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing! I hope you could join us at Fiesta Friday party (http://fiestafriday.net). 😉 Have a lovely week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Thank you, Jhuls! I’d be happy to join your party next Friday! Enjoy your week!

  23. Reply
    Rhonda
    June 14, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! This sounds delicious, and will be going on my table next week. I’m in search of quick recipes that I can prepare next week while on vacation. This goes on the list, I love shrimp and garlic. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Rhonda! Gotta love quick meals. Enjoy your vacation!

  24. Reply
    Week 129 Sunday's Best Linkup
    June 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm

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  25. Reply
    Maria Elena
    December 27, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Hi, Jas! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I grew up in Madrid, Spain, so this is one of my favorite tapas of all times. I am glad I found your beautiful blog. Take care, Maria Elena.

  26. Reply
    Nellie
    December 29, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Sounds awesome………I love shrimp and I love garlic and I love easy peasy dishes……..
    Blessings for a Great New year,
    Nellie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      😀 It doesn’t get easier than this! Happy 2018, Nellie!

  27. Reply
    Keri|flipflopweekend
    December 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I love shrimp! This looks like a delicious and simple meal! Definitely saving.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      It really is simple and, from what my husband says, delicious. 😀

  28. Reply
    Jan
    December 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    That shrimp looks delicious and so easy to make! Pinned to give a try in the near future!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Super easy to make! Thanks Jan and happy 2018!!!

  29. Reply
    Jann Olson
    December 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    YUM! I love shrimp! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 2, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Thank you! XO

  30. Reply
    Sandhya
    January 1, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Yum! I love shrimp and this looks delicious! Thanks for bringing it to Fiesta Friday!Happy 2018!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 2, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much! Happy New Year!

  31. Reply
    Kerryanne
    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Wow… looks delicious. We call them prawns in Australia.
    Thank you for linking up at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week and throughout 2017. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your projects and hope you’ll continue to share your awesomeness with us in 2018.
    May your New Year be filled with lots of creative endeavours!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you bunches, Kerryanne! Wishing you the same 😀

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