'Gambas al Ajillo' (Latin BBQ Shrimp) from RioMar Restaurant


1 .5 Gal Sauté Pan + Lid



Cutting Board

Serving Bowl

Discarded Shells Bowl


9-12 ea U-12 Gulf Shrimp (head-on, shell peeled from bodies)

3 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Preferably Spanish)

2 TB Garlic (thin-sliced)

.5 ea Lemon (sliced into 5 thin discs)

2 TB Flat Leaf Parsley (chopped)

1.5 TSP Spanish Sweet Paprika

Salt, Pepper, & Crushed Chile Flake to taste

2 C White Wine (I recommend a White Rioja, Txakilona, or Albarino)

Additional 1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil....Extra Virgin Olive Oil takes the place of Butter in a healthy divergence from our local version.


Place the sauté pan over high heat. Add the 3 TB of Extra Virgin Olive oil and the Sliced Garlic. On a plate or bowl, combine the shrimp, Lemons, Paprika, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, and Chile Flake. When the garlic begins to tan in the olive oil, add the entire plate of ingredients, followed by the wine. Place the lid on top and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid to allow alcohol to burn off. After 1-2 minutes, Shrimp should be cooked through. Pour the entire contents of the pan into a serving bowl. Test for seasoning and drizzle the remaining 1 TB of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Top. Serve immediately, preferably with crusty bread or a side of rice.