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Grilled Shrimp with Garlic (Gambas al Ajillo)

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4 Servings


About the Recipe


  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chili powder

  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

  • 24 large shrimp, shelled and deveined

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Special equipment: wooden skewers soaked in water


Step 1

Heat the grill to medium.

Step 2

Whisk together 1/4 cup of the oil, 2 tablespoons of the thyme, ancho powder and chopped garlic in a small bowl. Skewer the shrimp and brush with marinade.

Step 3

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of the oil in a small saucepan, add the sliced garlic and cook until the sliced garlic is lightly golden brown. Remove the garlic slices with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve the oil.

Step 4

Increase the heat of the grill to high.

Step 5

Remove the shrimp from the marinade, season with salt and pepper and grill until golden brown on each side, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skewers, transfer to a platter and drizzle with some of the reserved garlic oil and the garlic chips. Sprinkle with the remaining thyme and garnish with oregano leaves.


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