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gambas al ajillo
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Gambas al ajillo

 Gambas al ajillo is a delicious Spanish classic tapas that can be made in minutes with a handful of ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Vy Tran


  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 dried dried Cayenne chillies (or other dried chillies)
  • 1 pound raw prawns (with heads and shells on)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsps chardonnay (J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay)
  • 1/4 cup small handful of fresh parsley, chopped, for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • In a wide frying pan over med heat, add the garlic, chillies, and gently fry for 1 minute until the garlic is softened but not browned.
  • Turn up the heat to high, add the prawns in a single layer, paprika, and salt and fry for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook for another minute until the prawns turn pink.
  • Serve the prawns immediately with a chopped parsley, extra salt, and lemon wedges. Be careful not to burn yourself as the oil and pan will stay hot for several minutes.