These camarones al ajillo are shrimp cooked in garlic-infused oil. A quick and delicious appetizer or dinner option perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
I love to serve this with crusty bread, congri, or white fluffy rice!
Want to make a simple meal that’s packed with flavor? Make this! Flavorful and succulent shrimp cooked to perfection with a delicious sauce that you’re going to love.
What Makes These Camarones Al Ajillo So Good
- It takes less than 15 minutes to make! Peel and devein the shrimp, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook the garlic, shrimp, oil, and white wine over medium heat, and you’re done!
- It requires only 7 ingredients.
- Can be served as an appetizer, lunch, side dish, or main course.
- Shrimp – I highly recommend using raw peeled and deveined shrimp. The bigger the better! If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw it completely before cooking.
- White Wine – Try to use a dry white wine, nothing fruity. Although feel free to omit the wine if you’re not a fan.
- Garlic – I prefer to slice the garlic for this recipe but feel free to mince it instead. Use fresh garlic for best results.
- Want to make it spicy? Add lots of red crushed pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Incorporate some green or red chilies for extra flavor and spice.
- Do a combination of minced fresh garlic and sliced garlic if you want it extra garlicky.
- Don’t have fresh shrimp on hand? Use scallops or lobster chunks instead.
- Serve with fresh lemon, hot sauce, and lots of fresh cilantro or parsley.
What’s The Difference Between Camarones Al Ajillo and Gambas Al Ajillo?
There is no difference, it means the exact same thing, shrimp and garlic. Gambas and camarones both mean shrimp, only that in some parts of the world they use the term camarones instead of gambas.
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Camarones Al Ajillo
- 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine optional
- 1/2 lemon
- 6 garlic cloves sliced or minced
- 1 tsp red crushed pepper optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh cilantro
- Peel and devein the shrimp and dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the oil, garlic, and red crushed pepper to a large skillet and cook over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes or until it turns golden.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Stir in the white wine and lemon juice. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the wine reduces by half. Season with salt and pepper, serve with fresh cilantro or parsley, and enjoy!