Gambas al ajillo

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More garlic please

4.8/5 Food for the garlic fiend! Jerry, aka Chef (talk)

Gambas al ajillo
Gambas al ajillo
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:163
Ready in:20 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th January 2013

Gambas al ajillo or Garlic prawns. This could be a tapas dish, a starter, or if you doubled the amount, a main course.


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  1. Cut each slice down the centre of the back of each prawn. This will enable you to remove the bitter black 'backbone' and will allow the prawn to curl open when cooked.
  2. Add 2 or 3 good glugs of olive oil to a large frying pan over a medium heat
  3. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the garlic and chili flakes and sauté for a few minutes so the oil is nicely flavoured. Don't burn the garlic or you will need to start again!
  4. Turn up the heat and add the sherry, lemon juice, paprika powder and the prawns, stirring until the prawns change colour and curl. This should take about 3 minutes
  5. Arrange in a bowl and garnish with the chopped parsley
  6. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Serving suggestions

Serve with freshly baked bread and lime quarters

Plain boiled chickpeas are a great way of adding healthy fibre to this dish

In a nod towards the recent report that we are not eating enough lifesaving fibre, we have started to add plain boiled chickpeas to lots of our meals. This recipe is ideally suited to such an addition. Just drop a fistfull of cooked chickpeas into the bowl as you serve the garlic prawns. The bland-nuttiness works extremely well with the garlic oil. It's worth trying, drained, canned chickpeas would be just as good as freshly cooked chickpeas.


This can be made will unpeeled prawns or even defrosted frozen king prawns.

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