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Shrimp ‘Al Ajillo,’ or garlicky shrimp… Such a delicious delicious that is very quick and easy to prepare. Growing up it was a staple at our house, my dad would make shrimp al ajillo or mushrooms al ajillo which are an absolute dream! These are perfect to pair with some nice crisp white wine. I always serve it with crusty bread, and also tossed with some linguine or over rice is simply divine. If you love this recipe, check out my creamy chipotle shrimp!

Why You’ll Love Shrimp Al Ajillo

For my garlic lovers, this one is for you! It is one of those low effort high reward dishes, easy to make and even easier to enjoy. You can make it ahead of time and just warm it up right before serving and it will be a crowd favorite! The chile de arbol adds that touch of spicy that I love. You can always adjust the spice to your liking.


You can substitute the shrimp, for lobster or scallops. If you want to keep it vegetarian, it is AMAZING with mushrooms. The herbs are also quite easy to substitute for any you have on hand, or your favorite ones. I always change those up.

shrimp al ajillo

Shrimp Al Ajillo

By Nadia Aidi
Shrimp ‘Al Ajillo,’ or garlicky shrimp… Such a delicious and easy to prepare dish that is perfect to serve as an appetizer!


  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4-6 chile de arbol, broken into small pieces or 1 tbsp crushed red peppers
  • 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4-5 tbsp high quality unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crusty Bread of choice


  • Pat dry your shrimp and season liberally with salt and pepper
  • Preheat a pan on high for 2 min. Add olive oil, lower heat to medium high. Sear the shrimp for 25 sec per side and remove from pan
  • Lower heat to medium, add in shallots and garlic. Sautee for 5 min, mixing it often. Add in chile de arbol and wine. Let it reduce by half, about 5 minutes
  • Add in shrimp and cook another 2 min. Squeeze 1/2 lemon in. Add your herbs and off heat add the butter
  • Serve it with your toasted crusty bread and remaining lemon on the side

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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