Gambas al Pil Pil – A Traditional Spanish Tapa Recipe

GAMBAS AL PIL PIL – Prawns sizzled with Garlic and Chili – is an authentic pintxo or tapas dish that you will find throughout Spain, normally prepared to order and served in small individual dishes.  Here’s a Traditional Spanish Pintxo / Tapa recipe for Gambas al Pil-Pil to try at home. This ridiculously quick and easy pintxo/ tapas recipe will have you WOWing your family and friends,  but make sure to use fresh raw prawns (pre-cooked ones will go rubbery).  Oh! and don’t forget to serve with fresh bread, as you are sure to be mopping up the delicious pepper and garlic flavored olive oil afterwards!  More about Pintxos and Tapas

Sizzling Spanish Prawns

Ingredients for Gambas al Pil Pil recipe : Makes around 4 tapas servings.

  • 1 cup or 200 grams of shrimp (size is entirely up to you)
  • 2 small pieces (1/4 teaspoon) of dried red hot chili pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Bread, to serve


Method for Gambas al Pil Pil recipe:

Heat the olive oil to gently fry the chopped garlic and the chili peppers.

Add the shrimp and fry for one more minute.

Remove from the heat and serve sizzling hot.

Don’t forget the bread for dipping and try not to burn your tongue!

 Gambas al Pil Pil Pintxo/Tapa

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