Quick and Easy Garlic Shrimp

Garlic ShrimpGarlic shrimp are one of my favorite
Spanish tapas, and have become sort of a go-to dish for me. I can hardly call this a “recipe”; it’s more of a cooking method that is incredibly easy and basically fool-proof.

I grew up eating garlic shrimp as a tapa, and my mom and I to this day make a lot of variations on it. This most recent one worked as a wonderful side to an otherwise vegetarian meal. I simply combined the shrimp with plenty of olive oil, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. I set it aside to marinate until the rest of the meal was just about ready, and then popped it in the oven until the shrimp were just cooked through. A little lemon juice at the end brightened up the flavors and made this “side dish” a star in its own right.

Quick and Easy Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients (2-3)

  • 3/4 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Handful of chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the shrimp, parsley, garlic, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and a generous amount of olive oil in an oven proof dish, or cazuela. Marinate for a little bit, or until just about ready to serve. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are just cooked through. Finish with a touch of fresh lemon juice.

What are some of your favorite easy dishes to throw together?

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  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    I also adore this dish at tapas restaurants!! I love that you made it at home and it was easy! I have just the right amount of shrimp and garlic to make this today!!

  • http://wickedgoodtravel.com/ Amy

    Looks so delicious and super easy! I have been forced to cut back my garlic consumption, along with a variety of other foods, but I will never be able to give it up completely and this dish would be a perfect “treat” for me. Will have to make this once we’ve moved and gotten settled in. 

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      That’s too bad you’ve had to cut back on garlic, but this would definitely be a good way to splurge 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III IndulgeInspireImbibe

    this is definitely a standout tapas! great recipe. 

  • Elizabeth

    I love that you have that terra cotta dish, looks just like at a tapas restaurant!

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    Always good to have quick seafood recipes on hand like this one!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    With all that garlic, these must be addictive!

  • http://savorymomentsblog.blogspot.com/ Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love garlic shrimp – these look delicious!! 

  • DeliciousDish

    I love garlic shrimp but have never tried making my own. This sounds so easy!

  • http://twitter.com/EatingPlaces Liz

    Looks delicious. I love getting this dish out and, as others have said, your picture really looks like it’s in a restaurant!

    My favorite easy dish is fried rice, especially if I have some rice already cooked from the night before. I just throw in whatever vegetables I have, season, and lightly fry in the pan.

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