Authentic Camarones al Ajillo Recipe with Garlic and Shrimp

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Authentic Camarones al Ajillo Recipe with Garlic and Shrimp
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on September 17, 2023

This Camarones al Ajillo recipe is a classic Spanish dish that is packed with bold flavors and aromatic spices. Succulent shrimp are cooked in a rich and garlicky sauce, infused with the flavors of paprika, lemon, and white wine. It is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer or as a main course with crusty bread or rice. This recipe is quick and easy to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner or for entertaining guests. Impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering and satisfying shrimp dish!


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the minced garlic, paprika, red pepper flakes (if using), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir well to make a paste.
  2. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss until coated with the garlic paste. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and let it melt.
  4. Add the marinated shrimp to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until they turn pink and are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.
  5. Pour in the white wine and lemon juice, and simmer for another 2 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve hot as an appetizer or main course.

Interesting Facts

  • Camarones al Ajillo is a popular dish in Spain, especially in coastal regions where fresh seafood is abundant.
  • Garlic is a key ingredient in this recipe and adds a strong and distinct flavor to the dish.
  • The combination of paprika, red pepper flakes, and white wine gives this dish a perfect balance of heat and acidity.
  • This dish pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño.