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Roasted Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

A delectable dish inspired by Spanish-style garlic shrimp - easy enough for a quick weeknight meal, yet elegant enough for a fancy dinner!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 2 pounds large shrimp shelled and deveined
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian flat-leaf parsley chopped (optional)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 6 cloves garlic finely minced


  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients (olive oil, thyme, chili powder, smoked paprika, and minced garlic) in a bowl large enough to fit the shrimp.
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade and gently toss to combine. Cover with plastic and set aside in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (or up to 8-9 hours).
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the shrimp on a foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle a few pinches each of kosher salt and black pepper over the shrimp.
  • Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes tops – the shrimp should be firm. Squeeze some lemon onto the shrimp and top with chopped parsley. Serve immediately with extra lemon wedges.


Adapted from: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-shrimp-with-garlic-gambas-al-ajillo-recipe-1950678