Gambas al pil-pil (Spanish Chili and Garlic prawns)

Dreaming of the hot Spanish sun here! Sadly it doesn’t look likely that we’ll get any this year and we don’t get that much of it in Scotland! So I ‘ll make this at the weekend to cheer myself up. Made it for the first time a while back and it is so delicious and quick to make. Really nice as a light starter or as part of a tapas spread with some crusty bread to mop up the tasty olive oil. They look pretty served in the traditional terracotta dishes but it’s purely cosmetic…..

Ingredients: for 4 people

  • Approximately 300 g deshelled raw prawns (for convenience I buy frozen ones which I then defrost before cooking)
  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 sliced and de-seeded red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season the prawns prior to cooking.
  • optional chopped parsley to garnish


1. In a large frying pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil on a medium heat, then add the sliced garlic and deseeded chili. Fry for a minute then add the smoked paprika into the pan. Stir.

2. Then add in the seasoned raw prawns and cook for 90 seconds on each side.

3. Decant into a dish (or individual ones), sprinkle with parsley if desired and serve with crusty bread.

4. Enjoy 🙂

Hope you enjoy making this! Leave me a comment if you give it a try. Thank you for reading 🙂

Published by Laura

Born in France to English parents, but living in Scotland for the past 20 years now. Passionate about cooking and tasty simple food.

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