gambas al ajillo
Gambas Al Ajillo or garlic shrimp is a popular tapa all throughout Spain.  Nothing more than shrimp, red chili pepper, oil and garlic.  Since fresh shrimp is not on the menu in Iowa, a splash of lemon and a couple tablespoons of parsley liven this tapita up.
In Spain, Gambas Al Ajillo are cooked in earthenware, a cazuela.  The oil is heated up and the shrimp sear in the cazuela.  The tapa is then brought out in the same dish that it was cooked in allowing the shrimp to continue to cook, sizzle and stay hot!Gambas Al AjilloIngredients:

  • 6 tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 red chili pepper, cut in 2 pieces, seeds removed
  • 1lb medium shrimp
  • 3 tbls lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 2 tbls dried parsley

In a cazuela or cast iron skillet, heat the oil, garlic, and chili pepper.  When the garlic just begins to turn golden, add the shrimp and cook over high heat, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and parsley.  Serve immediately, preferably in the same dish.


141 Responses to Monday’s with Mami – Gambas Al Ajillo

  1. Amy says:

    The fact that I am the first (at least while I am typing this) shows that I am up waaaay too late again! Lots of yummy looking treats at La Tienda but if I had to pick one I would go with the Dark chocolate fig bonbons. Mmmmmmmm!

  2. Merckurybubbles says:

    Mmm, I think the chorizo looks delicious! I love me some good chorizo!

  3. Erica says:

    I would love to try the turron. Looks delicious! I love the little cazuelsa they are beautiful.

  4. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Ooh everything looks dee-lish BUT the Chestnut honey is calling me & that jar is just irresistible!

  5. Divina Pe says:

    Your gambas looks awesome. I just made it the other day but I definitely try your recipe. I better check La Tienda's website for their other goodies.

  6. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    I'm following on Twitter @bellalimento : )

  7. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    I'm following on Facebook ; ) (okay I feel like I'm stalking your wall now LOL) Baci!

  8. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Okay last one tee hee, I subscribed to your email updates :) Happy Monday 2 you!

  9. Miranda says:

    I would not even know where to start. I love their chorizo, ham (the serrano looks amazing)
    Now, I am going to have to see if my husband will let me purchase some of this food!!!!

  10. Miranda says:

    I am now following them on twitter. My screen name is masnyde1

  11. Miranda says:

    I am now following La Tienda on facebook.
    My name is Miranda Hagan on FB.

  12. Miranda says:

    I tweeted the giveaway to you and I am also following you on tweeter.

  13. Miranda says:

    Now, I am following you are FB and I posted about your giveaway to all my friends and family!

  14. Miranda says:

    Geez..Subscribed to your blog.

    Can you tell that I would really like these dishes!!!!

  15. Noelle says:

    Hello! Buenos dias! Me encantaria este set! Me gusta todo que tiene que ser con Espana! Mi hermana esta en Granada en este momento! Well, anyway, I am following you on Twitter, friended you on Facebook,friended La Tienda, so i mean business when it comes to wanting this giveaway! Thanks!

  16. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    Love me some garlicky shrimp! And these cazuelas are really nice! Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. Kristen says:

    Definitely the olives and capers!

  18. Angie says:

    He He Miranda really likes these dishes, LOL! I wanna through my name in the hat too though! I love the chorizo, tough choice, lots of great things there.

  19. Miriam says:

    I loooooooooooove gambas al ajillo… they're so good to frighten away vampires in Halloween… XD.

    Lovely cazuelas, I have a few of those.

  20. 5 Star Foodie says:

    The shrimp looks excellent! Awesome giveaway, I would love to try chorizo & smoked paprika!

  21. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Those shrimp look wonderful! From the LaTienda site, I would most like to try the sliced Jamon Serrano. I would have such fun with those dishes!

  22. Cookin' Canuck says:

    I am following La Tienda on Twitter. I am @cookincanuck.

  23. Cookin' Canuck says:

    I am also following La Tienda on Facebook (Dara Whitelaw Michalski).

  24. Fresh Local and Best says:

    I've ordered from La Tienda in the past, my favorite thing to order is the Iberian Ham, followed second by the Serrano ham, the entire hock! It's a Christmas tradition, everyone loves to serrate off thin slices as needed.

  25. Kristen J says:

    The Gambas Al Ajillo look amazing!!! The food I would most like to try on the LaTienda website is under the Holiday section. It is the Almond and Sesame Brittle made with honey!!! I could probably devour the whole box in a day. Looks and sounds exceptionally delicious!! Here is the link : http://www.tienda.com/food/products/tr-52.html

  26. Kristen J says:

    I am following LaTienda on Twitter. :-)

  27. Kristen J says:

    I am following your blog under KJonezin. :-)

  28. Fresh Local and Best says:

    I'm following your blog!

  29. The Duo Dishes says:

    The tetilla cheese sounds really good. Love that one.

  30. Todd Asmus says:

    I'd personally like to try the Paella. We've tried Paella at many restaurants, but never made it and I think it's about time.

  31. asmosis says:

    Diana, I'm a fan of La Tienda on Facebook.
    -Todd Asmus

  32. asmosis says:

    Diana, I posted the Gambas Al Ajillo recipe and giveaway information on my facebook wall.
    -Todd Asmus

  33. asmosis says:

    Diana,
    I have signed up to receive your posts via email.

    -Todd Asmus

  34. Fresh Local and Best says:

    Diana,

    I just added this post to FLB's fan page on facebook.

    Best,

    Christine

  35. Arabic Bites says:

    Shrimp looks so delicious…very quick and easy to make…
    Good luck to all participants ;)

  36. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    Wow, La Tienda's website is huge! I would love a paella kit since it comes with a traditional pan, etc. and a churro pastry maker, ooooo, and the flan molds! ok, i'll tone it down and stop there…but i'm going to stare at their website for a while longer…

  37. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    I am now a follower of La Tienda on Twitter!

  38. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    I just tweeted about the giveaway and made sure to message you!

  39. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    I joined the La Tienda club on Facebook…

  40. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    And I just signed up for the email subscriptions!

  41. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    I'm a follower…right? ::checks:: yes, I'm already a follower!

  42. My Little Space says:

    Oh wow, such a beautiful giveaway! I wonder who is the lucky one! Enjoy yourself.

  43. Simply Life says:

    So fun! I'm glad you got all the great stuff! I would love to be able to use all the paella ingredients they sell together to make the perfect paella!

  44. lisaiscooking says:

    Your shrimp dish looks delicious! I just visited La Tienda recently, and the one food item I'm most excited to try is bacalao. I've been reading The New Spanish Table and would love win a cazuela!

  45. Melani says:

    Do I need to choose just one? Hmmm…paella or serrano ham or cheese or piquillo peppers. Let's face it, I want to try them all!!

  46. Chow and Chatter says:

    great giveaway and lovely recipe, I just recommended your blog to a new food company on foodbuzz that sells spanish meat i London and sent them the link!
    oh and would you like this lovely recipe to be featured on the Alaskan Seafood blog I write for?

    Rebecca

  47. girlichef says:

    Wow…best. giveaway. ever. Iberico + Serrano Duo – Sliced Jamon Iberico de Bellota + Jamon Serrano…I NEEEEEEED to try these…have wanted to forever!!

  48. girlichef says:

    I'm following La Tienda on Twitter.

    girlichef
    girlichef at yahoo dot com (forgot this in first comment…sorry)

  49. girlichef says:

    Became a fan of LaTienda on Facebook.
    girlichef at yahoo dot com

  50. girlichef says:

    I follow your blog :)

    girlichef at yahoo dot com

  51. girlichef says:

    I just sent you a friend request on FB…about to share the giveaway on my wall…

    girlichef at yahoo dot com

  52. girlichef says:

    I'm following you on Twitter & I tweeted the giveaway!!!

  53. girlichef says:

    …sick of me yet?

    I blogged about it on todays post http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2009/10/casseroles-with-pineapplemessy.html

    girlichef at yahoo dot com

  54. Velva says:

    The garlic shrimp looks fabulous! Very nice looking dishes too from La Tienda.

  55. Table Talk says:

    I don't want to enter the contest, just wanted to comment on how much I enjoy garlic shrimp like this. La Tienda's store front is an hour from here—it is always a fun "field trip" to go and visit. What a nice family owned business, and yes, they have amazing products!

  56. we are never full says:

    gotta say, i've loved la tienda for years but the things i want the most from there i can't afford (ahem, jamon iberica – the whole leg with stand… yes. the. whole. damn. thing.). maybe one day… maybe one. great giveaway!! we use our cazuela's all the time for spanish and non spanish stuff. the earthenware is so great on the grill too.

  57. Crail Creative by Lisa Cumings says:

    I am following you on your blog not once ha ha but twice

  58. Crail Creative by Lisa Cumings says:

    I walled you on my facebook, yipee!

  59. Crail Creative by Lisa Cumings says:

    I am a fan of La Tienda on my Face Book!

  60. Crail Creative by Lisa Cumings says:

    I am now a subscriber of Spaininiowa

  61. Crail Creative by Lisa Cumings says:

    I have a subscription of Spaininiowa on my blog, holla!

  62. eonyc says:

    The chorizo from La Tienda, for sure!! It's one of the items I've always wanted to order from them. I'm also following you on Twitter and Google! Those earthenware items look fantastico!!!! I would love to try them to make Gambas al Ajillo again, as my first attempt fell kind of flat…
    http://www.lkpheartsfood.com/2009/08/not-quite-shrimptastic.html

  63. Esme says:

    Thanks-I would like to try Merken Mapuche Spice powder

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  64. Esme says:

    I am following you on twitter.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  65. Esme says:

    cococroissants http://bit.ly/pLeO1 giveaway for cookware@dianabauman

    thanks

    chocoalteandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  66. momgateway says:

    I love the 3 tin cans of smoked pimenton and the casuelas but the best is the set of tapas plates. Thanks for the giveaway.

  67. Dara says:

    Definitely the chorizo, since I have been making empanandas like crazy lately… chorizo and potato empanadas, chorizo, olive and golden raisin empanadas, and the list goes on. Need more chorizo.

  68. Linda says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! And what fun going through LaTienda's website. I would love to try a paella pan. I've always wanted one. And then I found the olive wood salad bowls … they are gorgeous! I'll definitely be putting some of their items on my Christmas wish list!

    Thanks!

  69. Linda says:

    Ok … following La Tienda on Twitter!
    I'm LinduhE

  70. Linda says:

    Ok again … following you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway! Woohoo!!
    @LinduhE

  71. Linda says:

    I'm already following your blog! Yeah … I hope I win!

  72. pippa says:

    I would love to try Lomo Iberico de Bellota!

  73. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to try the serrano ham.

  74. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I'm following LaTienda on Twitter:)

  75. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I'm a fan of LaTienda on Facebook :)

  76. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I'm following you on Twitter:)

  77. knownbyname says:

    Just one? Oh – the Iberico and Serrano Ham combo – for sure (http://www.tienda.com/food/products/jm-22.html) – my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Yummy! But oh, I'd gladly take ANY of the cheeses. Sigh – I need to go back to Spain!

    Just subbed to your blog – heading over to Facebook.

    I love Spanish pottery!

  78. Rachelle says:

    It is a toss up between the chocolate and the cheeses but I would love to try the crema de cabrales

  79. Rachelle says:

    I am now following your blog. But I wanted to do that no matter what.

  80. Carrie says:

    OH I Would LOVE this set of beautiful cookware! I just started following your blog, and i really love your recipes! What a unique concept!! Thanks for this super cool giveaway!!

    I also just followed you on twitter: @gingerlemongirl

  81. Stephanie @ glutenfreebynature.com says:

    hi there

    this is Stephanie over at http://www.glutenfreebynature.com

    this is my first visit to your blog and all I can say is WOW! absolutely gorgeous writing, food & photos. I am thrilled because I simply adore any and all iberian food.

    my email address is glutenfreebynature@gmail dot com and although I found it extremely difficult to name only 1 item from their website – I'd be hard pressed to go without some of that black olive pate. I adore olives.

    thank you
    stephanie

  82. whineaux (Dawn) says:

    I love Marcona almonds and Spanish Cheese.

  83. pityenlacocina says:

    lovely tapas, gambas al ajillo is so simple to make, i use to add some cooked spaghetti, lots of grated parmesan cheese and i have the most delicious plate of pasta there, i love it! besos

  84. Fuji Mama says:

    Oh my goodness, how to choose what I would want to try? Hmmmmm, I LOVE saffron, so I would definitely want to try La Tienda's Princesa de Minaya Saffron!

  85. Fuji Mama says:

    I follow La Tienda on Twitter!

  86. Fuji Mama says:

    I'm a fan of La Tienda on Facebook!

  87. Fuji Mama says:

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  88. Fuji Mama says:

    I friended you on Facebook and shared the giveaway on my wall! See? http://www.facebook.com/lafujimama :D

  89. Fuji Mama says:

    I subscribe to your posts via email!

  90. Fuji Mama says:

    I follow your blog!

  91. Earthgrlie says:

    So many yummy choices… I'd love to try the pre-made paella among lots of other goodies.

  92. Earthgrlie says:

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed. Thanks!

  93. Leesie says:

    I am follow you on Twitter and re-tweeted your giveaway! Thanks for the lovely giveaway, too!

  94. Leesie says:

    I am a recent follower of your blog via your Foodbuzz nomination! Congratulations ***

    SeasLife@yahoo.com

  95. Jo says:

    The shrimp dish looks like Spain to me! I love all the little tapas places with all the amazing dishes! For me, part of the fun of traveling is trying new things and coming back to share the new tastes with my friends.

    I think I will be ordering some Jamon! I remember walking through the public market in Alcoy and seeing the meats hanging – so many choices, so little time!

    mountainwench@gmail.com

  96. Leesie says:

    I follow La Tienda on Twitter!

    SeasLife@yahoo.com

  97. Leesie says:

    I shared your giveaway on my Facebook page!

    SeasLife@yahoo.com

  98. Leesie says:

    That Jamón – Spanish Ham on the La Tienda website looks fabulous. I want to try it soon!

    SeasLife@yahoo.com

  99. Cooking with K says:

    I enjoyed posting a link back to your blog. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these lovely dishes….Blessings, K

    http://allaboutkaylittle.blogspot.com/2009/10/giveaway-for-beautiful-cazuela-dishes.html

  100. Cooking with K says:

    The food item I would most like to try would be Paella….blessings, K

  101. Cooking with K says:

    I am following La Tienda on Twitter…blessing, K

  102. Cooking with K says:

    I am a fan of La Tienda on Facebook….blessings, K

  103. Cooking with K says:

    Diana, I am following you on Twitter and I sent a tweet @dianabauman! Blessings, K

  104. Cooking with K says:

    Diana, I am your friend on Facebook and shared about the giveaway on my wall!

  105. Cooking with K says:

    Diana, I subscribed to receive your posts via email!

  106. Cooking with K says:

    Diana, I am following you on your blog!!!!

  107. angela@spinachtiger says:

    I am torn between saffron and chocolate. I think the dark chocolate fig bon bons would be my pick.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  108. angela@spinachtiger says:

    I suscribed via email.

  109. Risa says:

    1) my mouth is watering over the Artisan Young Manchego Cheese. In such a small town we don't have a lot of variety in the markets.

    2) I am officialy an e-mail follower

    3) I'm am also following you on the blog itself.

    (rainindiamonds4r@aol.com)

  110. Risa says:

    ok, seeing as how I'm a bit slow, just saw the 'separate comment' thing…sorry :)

    following via e-mail

    (rainindiamonds4r@aol.com)

  111. Risa says:

    following the blog itself too!

  112. Mely (mimk) says:

    I am a "La Tienda" customer, we love the cooking chorizo the way the pack the food is really neat.
    Great give away!

  113. foodie ffanatic says:

    I need more time to fully explore the La Tienda site. I would love to try the Flor de Sal from Cadiz and the Sea Salt Flakes – Escamas de Sal. Thank you for the chances at such a fantastic giveaway!

    Rather than posting my email adress and twitter & facebook info, I will send you an email from Dani (referencing my gmail address/Google account I've signed in here with.) Thanks.

  114. Erin from Long Island says:

    i really think i would love any of the turrons that they have!

  115. Erin from Long Island says:

    following La Tienda on twitter
    @erunuevo

  116. Erin from Long Island says:

    La tienda FB fan
    erin neu

  117. foodie ffanatic says:

    I think you said to submit a separate comment for each action I take so this one is that I already subscribed to your posts via email. Dani (I will confirm my subscription email address in a separate email to you along with Facebook & Twitter info. Hope that's okay. Thanks

  118. foodie ffanatic says:

    I am following La Tienda on Twitter. (ddh77)

  119. foodie ffanatic says:

    I am a fan of La Tienda on Facebook now.

  120. foodie ffanatic says:

    I am now following you @dianabauman on Twitter and sent out a tweet about the #Giveaway (ddh77) (Dani)

  121. Erin from Long Island says:

    FOLLOWING YOU AND TWEETED

    http://twitter.com/erunuevo/status/5281490345

  122. foodie ffanatic says:

    I'm asking to be your friend on Facebook and posted (shared) about the giveaway. (I'm sending you an email with that info, okay?) Thanks.

  123. Erin from Long Island says:

    sent you a FB request
    erin neu

  124. foodie ffanatic says:

    I am now following your blog. Dani/foodieffanatic

  125. foodie ffanatic says:

    Hi again! I don't have an active blog, so I will email you. Thanks for the opportunity for the extra chances at the giveaway. Dani

  126. Erin from Long Island says:

    email subscriber

  127. Erin from Long Island says:

    follow you in GFC

  128. Erin from Long Island says:

    emailed you since i am blog-less

  129. Rebecca says:

    Hi. I found your blog via food gauker and have been quietly reading your work for about a month now.

    I'd really like to try one of the gift baskets.'Feast of Spanish Flavor' Sampler Basket looks amazing, or even just the Evening for Two Sampler Basket. But if I had to choose just one food it would be the olive oil. I predominantly use Italian extra virgin olive oil, but have never experimented much with Spanish oils. I know it sounds boring (especially when there's so many things to choose from), but I love the versatility of a good olive oil.

  130. Omnivore says:

    I'd most like to try the chorizo from La Tienda!

  131. maybelle's mom says:

    i am into the jamon. i am stereotypical that way.

  132. kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet says:

    Those dishes are very beautiful! If I had to choose one thing, it would be the sausages!

  133. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    GREAT giveaway. If I had to choose I'd pick up some of that artisan membrillo and then some manchego. Oh yeah.

  134. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    I also followed la tienda on twitter.

  135. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    I also followed la tienda on twitter.

  136. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    And friended you on facebook.

  137. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    Tweeted the giveaway.

  138. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says:

    Sharing the giveaway on FB too!

  139. Diana Bauman says:

    Thanks to everyone that participated! This Giveaway is now closed. I'll be selecting a winner today and posting on my blog by Monday, November 2!

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