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Camarones al ajillo served in an orange clay bowl with salami, cheese and olives in the background.

Camarones al Ajillo

Camarones al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) is shrimp that's cooked with a generous amount of garlic in olive oil. This is a super easy appetizer that comes together really quick; perfect for a tapas inspired cocktail party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword garlic shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 480kcal


  • pound Extra Large or Large Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6-8 Large Garlic Cloves sliced ⅛ to ¼ inch
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt plus a pinch
  • Pinch Fresh Ground Black Pepper or to taste
  • Pinch Crushed Red Pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley finely chopped
  • 2 Lemon or Lime Wedges
  • 1 Loaf Crusty Bread for serving


  • Clean and peel the shrimp, leave the tail on, if desired. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and black pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep, non-stick skillet or wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the garlic. Cook gently, stirring almost constantly for 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and begins to turn a soft golden color.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high. When the shrimp starts sizzling, lower the heat to medium.
  • Cook the shrimp, stirring and turning them frequently for approximately 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.
  • The cooking time will vary some depending on the size of the shrimp. When cooked through, the shrimp will no longer be translucent, will curl and will turn a nice, pink color. Look for these signs, as they will be a more accurate indication that the shrimp are done than the cooking time.
  • When the shrimp is cooked through, remove the skillet from the heat, 
  • Add another pinch of salt and black pepper, crushed red pepper and parsley. Toss gently.
  • Squeeze 2 lemon or lime wedges over the shrimp and toss.
  • Arrange the shrimp on a plate or platter. Then pour the remaining oil and garlic over the shrimp. Serve with bread for dipping in that delicious garlic oil.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 5mg