How to make Garlic Prawns.
Garlic prawns served in tapas bars and restaurants all over Spain are usually called Gambas al Ajillo.
In the south of Spain, garlic prawns are often called Gambas al Pil Pil which is a very similar dish to Gambas al Ajillo but uses paprika in its sauce.
Whole, dried cayenne peppers would typically be used in this recipe but if you can’t get them then you can use a little cayenne or chilli powder. The quantity you use of either of these ingredients simply depends on how spicy you want the dish to be. Gambas al Pil Pil would typically be cooked in an earthenware dish sitting directly on a gas flame, however, when this isn’t possible it can simply be prepared in a hot frying pan.
Ingredients: Serves 4 people
20 or 24 peeled prawns
4 – 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 – 4 dried whole cayenne peppers, leave whole or roughly chopped.
Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika powder
Put enough olive oil in your earthenware dish or frying pan to make sure the bottom is well covered and put it onto a medium heat.
Once the oil is hot add the cayenne peppers and once they start sizzling add the garlic, paprika, a little salt and fry for 2 or 3 minutes.
Turn the heat up to ensure that the prawns are going into hot oil, add the prawns and fry for 3 or 4 minutes until the prawns become pink. You can sprinkle a little chopped parsley over the prawns at this stage if you like.
Serve with some crusty bread which you will want to dip into the delicious sauce. It’s debatable whether the prawns or the sauce are the best part of this dish.