The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Dining with the Doc: Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Simple and delicious, this classic Spanish dish is perfect for casual summer entertaining.


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This dish is near and dear to my heart.  It brings back memories of the incredible trip my husband Pete and I took to Spain in 2010 for our five-year anniversary.  It was quite an adventure filled with plenty of amazing sites, culture and of course, food.  Our trip included some time in San Sebastian, a picturesque seaside town and Spain’s culinary capital.  With 15 Michelin stars, San Sebastian is one of the top foodie destinations in the world.  




We also got to visit La Boqueria, the famous market in Barcelona that's every foodie's dream.  But probably my favorite memory from the trip is of the late night strolls down La Rambla in Barcelona enjoying a wide variety of tapas, or small plates, at casual eateries.  Gambas Al Ajillo, or Garlic Shrimp, is one of the most common tapas dishes in Spain and it also happens to be one of my favorites. 


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It’s a simple dish that uses just a few ingredients but is packed with so much flavor.  Fresh shrimp are sautéed in olive oil that is infused with garlic and chilies.  The dish is traditionally cooked in cazuelas, earthenware dishes that are placed directly on the grill.  A cast-iron skillet works just as well. 


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Because this dish only uses a few ingredients, you want to make sure you’re using the best quality seafood.  So I decided to turn to Sizzlefish.  If you haven’t heard of Sizzlefish, they are a wonderful company with a simple mission- to offer direct delivery of top quality fish to customers so that they can reap all of its amazing health benefits.  They provide seafood from the best-quality fisheries, packaged into individual portions.  It’s all delivered right to your door, ready to be turned into easy, healthy, delicious meals.  I used their Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp, which came in the Paleo Prime package, and were already peeled and deveined- a great time-saver!   


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This dish is packed with beneficial nutrients as well as flavor.  Olive oil provides heart healthy monounsaturated fats and the shrimp add plenty of protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.  Be sure to serve this dish with lots of crusty bread to soak up the delicious, garlicky sauce.  For an authentic Spanish experience, serve it with Pan con Tomate or Tomato Bread, which will be featured in my next post.


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Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley 


Directions:
Pour the oil into a large sauté pan and add the garlic and chili flakes.  Turn the heat up to medium high.  As the pan heats up, the oil will slowly get infused with the flavor of the garlic and chili (do not let the garlic brown).  Once the oil is hot and the garlic is fragrant, add the shrimp to the pan.  Season them with the paprika, salt and pepper.  Cook the shrimp about 2 minutes, until they just turn pink, stirring often.  Add the sherry and lemon juice and cook another 2-3 minutes until the liquid is reduced and shrimp are cooked.  Sprinkle the parsley on top.  Serve with crusty bread for soaking up all of the delicious sauce.   


One serving: Calories 250; Fat 17.9g (Sat 2.6g); Protein 15.8g; Carb 3.4g; Fiber 0.4g; Sodium 834mg


Disclaimer: I received free product from Sizzlefish to review for this post but I was not financially compensated in any way.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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15 comments :

  1. I've heard such amazing things about Sizzlefish! :] This sounds delicious, and the fact that they were already peeled definitely helps with prep time! :D!

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    1. They are terrific! Thanks, Farrah. It's a quick dish to make and using peeled and deveined shrimp makes it even faster!

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  2. Wow, I just got some shrimp on sale at Whole Foods and it looks like this will be what I make! I lived in Cadiz, Spain for a semester in college and returned this year. I can almost taste the amazing shrimp!

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    1. That must have been an amazing experience! I hope you try my version of the dish!

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  3. Love this simple dish! I don't make shrimp nearly enough, but I'll be trying this recipe soon! Pinned :)

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I like making shrimp because they cook so quickly- perfect for busy weeknights!

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  4. YUM! I adore this simple shrimp dish Sonali - the sherry and paprika combined with everything else must have made this so delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Shashi! The combo is really good- we soaked up every last bit of the yummy sauce with crusty bread!

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  5. Shrimp, garlic, lemon, and parsley (or other herbs) - that's perfect marriage! With a piece (better two or three) of delicious fragrant bread, that's just divine! Good job, Sonali!

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    1. It is a great combination. Thanks for stopping by, Ben!

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  6. I love this recipe, Sonali! Brings me back to Barcelona and one of my favorite tapas dishes! And do I spy tomato bread in the background?! YUM!

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  7. This sounds so delicious. I LOVE that you used Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp, in my opinion they have so much more flavor. And, that kind of shrimp is not always easy to find where I live, so I will be checking out Sizzlefish.

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  8. I took a trip to Spain as a high school senior--- and all I remember is getting a loaf of crusty bread with every meal lol! That was more than 10 years ago... I definitely need to go back to truly appreciate the cuisine [or make this delicious recipe at home]. Can't wait for your tomato bread recipe!

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  9. How funny we went to Spain and San Sebastián for our 5th anniversary last year! Great minds ;)

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  10. I made this yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. I am going to try substituting other seafood and maybe even chicken and see how it turns out.

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