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Gambas al Ajillo

Gambas al Ajillo #SundaySupper

The recipe for traditional Spanish tapas: Gambas al Ajillo, aka Garlic Prawns with extra virgin olive oil and chilly!

Course Appetiser
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 250 gms – 8.8 oz. prawns cleaned and peeled
  • 150 ml – ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1 chilly or to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Put the extra virgin olive oil, chilly and sliced garlic in a pot and sauté on low flame for 2 or 3 minutes. Make sure not to burn the garlic or it will taste bitter, you want to keep it pale.
  2. Add the cleaned prawns, mix and cooked them for a couple of minutes.
  3. Season with salt to taste, add the parsley, and keep stirring until the prawns are just cooked through (make sure not to overcook them or they will become rubbery).
  4. Serve hot and… buen provecho!