Video:Spanish Shrimp in Garlic Tapawith Tony Sierra
One of the most common tapas of Spain, gambas al ajillo or shrimp in garlic, is quick, easy and full of flavor. Shrimp are sauteed in minced garlic, Spanish paprika, red pepper flakes and cognac, and fresh lemon juice completes the sauce.See Transcript
Transcript:Spanish Shrimp in Garlic TapaHello, I'm Tony Sierra for About.com and today we are going to prepare a very popular Spanish tapa, Gambas al Ajillo, Garlic Shrimp.
Garlic Shrimp Tapas IngredientsYou'll need:
- 4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2-3 oz of cognac (substitute dry sherry if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon for juice
- 1 lb shrimp, 25 count to a pound
Prep the ShrimpUse 1 pound of raw shrimp, 25 to a pound are about the right size, but you may use larger if you like. The shrimp can be peeled first, before cooking them if you prefer, but I personally prefer unpeeled shrimp.
Season the OilIn a large frying pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and the Spanish paprika. We are going to sauté for about a minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic! It won't taste good. Remember that this is garlic shrimp, so you can put as much garlic as you want.
Cook the ShrimpRaise the heat and it's time to add the shrimp. Mix together well, then cook, stirring briskly until the shrimp turn pink – about 2 to 3 minutes.
Once they are pink, it's time to add the cognac and the lemon juice. We let the shrimp cook thoroughly for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Serving Garlic Shrimp TapasRemove from heat and transfer shrimp with sauce to a warm plate, so you can dip your shrimp in the garlic sauce. Serve with fresh rustic bread - perfect for dipping.
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