A popular tapas in Spain, garlicky Shrimp or “gambas al ajillo” is packed with warm and spicy flavors that take advantage of the fresh seafood the country is famous for. Serve in a hot TableCraft cast iron serving pan with fresh lemons, and crusty bread on the side to dip — none of the garlic olive oil should go to waste.

DYK… Spanish barkeepers used to cover their patron’s drinks with small appetizers or slices of bread to keep dust and flies out, creating “Tapas,” which means “to cover” or top.

Ready to try? Follow along with the recipe below.

garlic shrimp in a cast iron serving pan


  • 1 lb uncooked peeled and devined shrimp thawed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • salt to taste


  • Bar Board (HBB85)
  • FirmGrip Knife (E5618)
  • 2-pc Glass Rimmer (H634)
  • Black Etched Shaker (10553)
  • Black Etched Jigger (10562)


  • Put olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large non-stick frying pan and heat over medium high heat until garlic starts to sizzle about 1 minute.
  • Add shrimp and stir until coated with oil.
  • Cook, stirring every 30 seconds, until shrimp is cooked through about 3 minutes.  (If using cooked shrimp, only cook it for about 1 minute until heated through).
  • Add lemon juice and salt to taste, mix and serve.


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