Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe

If you're looking for another spin on shrimp with a little Spanish flare, then we have the perfect recipe for you. This Spanish garlic shrimp is full of fantastic flavor and has a great, garlicky flavor in addition to a little red chili that provides the perfect kick of spice. This dish is excellent to serve for dinner to impress your family, or it would be great to serve if you're having guests over. Recipe developer Ting Dalton came up with this yummy recipe that is sure to please your palate. 

There are plenty of things to love about this dish, but Dalton's answer about why she finds it delicious hits the nail on the head. "Its simplicity and fresh flavors," Dalton shares. "It really is a taste of Spain that you can have at home and share with family or friends." She also raves about the amazing flavor, and we'd have to agree. "This is such a simple dish to make but packs a real punch in terms of flavor. It always takes me back to sitting in a tapas bar in Spain in the sunshine," Dalton shares.

Keep reading to find out how to make this delicious shrimp dish. 

Gather the ingredients

For the first step, you'll want to make a grocery list so you can gather all of the necessary items to whip up this tasty recipe. The first item on the list should be raw shrimp that's already been deveined (or you can do it yourself). In addition, you will need olive oil, paprika, and thinly sliced garlic cloves. One red chili that you've chopped finely adds just the right amount of spice to this Spanish dish.

There are only a few more items needed, and one of those is lemon juice. The last three ingredients that are required are salt, pepper, and chopped parsley. The recipe also includes one optional ingredient to accompany the shrimp: crusty bread.

Preheat the oven and mix the spices and olive oil

Before you do anything else, turn your oven dial to 350 F. This ensures that the oven will be nice and toasty when the shrimp is ready to go in. Next, take out a small bowl and pour in the olive oil. At this time, you can also sprinkle in paprika, salt, and pepper. The olive oil helps cook the shrimp, and it also provides a nice coating for the spices to stick to. 

Give the mixture a few good stirs, and then set it to the side because you will need it in just a moment.

Prep and cook the shrimp

For this step, you have a few options. You can use a baking dish, a cast iron skillet, or a Spanish tapas ceramic dish to make the shrimp. Once you have you have your dish of choice out, add in the shrimp, and then squeeze the lemon juice over the top. After that, toss on the garlic and chili. Last but not least, pour the olive oil mixture over the shrimp, and give all of the ingredients a good stir.

Stick the dish in the oven and set your timer for 15 minutes.

Check the shrimp and garnish

Once your timer dings, grab the oven mitts and remove the shrimp from the oven. Dalton shares that a good indicator that the shrimp is done is that "they won't be translucent anymore and a [they'll be a] good pink color. Although you won't want to overcook them either, otherwise they will be rubbery."

Once you take the shrimp out of the oven, add the chopped parsley on the top. And voila! That's all you need to do. "You can make this ahead of time and let the shrimp marinade before cooking in the oven," Dalton notes. "This is also a great sharing dish if you're entertaining."

Serving suggestions and leftovers

Dalton recommends serving this dish with a nice piece of crusty bread. Doesn't that sound amazing? "The best part is when you get the bread and mop up all the garlic and chili-infused olive oil," Dalton says. In addition, you can serve this dish tapas-style. You can pair it with "other tapas dishes such as Spanish tortillas and potatoes or even a salad," Dalton says.

If you have any leftovers, Dalton says that they will be good up to "three days, as long as you reheat the prawns properly." We hope you loved this recipe as much as we do!

Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
This Spanish garlic shrimp is full of fantastic flavor and has a great, garlicky flavor in addition to a little red chili that provides the perfect kick.
Prep Time
Cook Time
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Total time: 20 minutes
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds raw shrimp, deveined
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • Handful freshly chopped parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper together. Put to one side.
  3. In a baking dish, cast iron dish, or Spanish tapas ceramic dish, add the shrimp and squeeze the lemon juice over top. Then add the garlic and chili. Pour the olive oil over top, and give all the ingredients a good stir.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, add chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread.
Calories per Serving 788
Total Fat 56.0 g
Saturated Fat 7.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 547.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 5.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Total Sugars 1.0 g
Sodium 484.0 mg
Protein 69.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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