Gambas or “Gambas al Ajillo” is a type of Spanish tapas that is made out of flash fried shrimps with garlic and chillies.

Gambas or “Gambas al Ajillo” is a type of Spanish tapas that is made out of flash fried shrimps with garlic and chillies. Though it is consumed as tapas in Spain, in Philippines it can be also served as a side dish or as mains accompanied with rice, it is also a popular “pulutan” (Tagalog word defining food items used to accompany with an alcohol drink such as beer) that’s why most of the bars will have this on their menu alongside sisig and other Filipino favourite pulutans.

A really quick and easy dish you can serve on cocktails or even as a side dish, great for parties especially for those who love their food hot and spicy.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Gambas or “Gambas al Ajillo” is a type of Spanish tapas that is made out of flash fried shrimps with garlic and chillies.


  • 1 kg medium shrimps, peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper / capsicum, sliced
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to your liking, I like it hot)
  • 1 pc shallot, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil
  • chopped parsley, to garnish
  • crispy fried garlic, to garnish


  1. In a non-reactive bowl add shrimps and lemon juice, let it marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Add oil in a pan then sauté garlic and shallots in high heat.
  3. Add the capsicum, shrimps and cayenne pepper then stir fry for 2 minutes in high heat.
  4. Combine white wine and tomato puree then pour into the pan, bring to a boil while continuously mixing for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then serve garnished with chopped parsley and fried garlic.



11 Responses

  1. I just wish we had better shrimp/prawns here in NZ and I will admit I lived in Sydney for 20 years so have different expectations to many Kiwis – but this does look a great dish with a bit of spice which I love – so you never know I might see some prawns which inspire me to try it.

  2. Juliana says:

    This is such a beautiful shrimp dish…like the color and the flavor…yum!
    Thanks for sharing this simple recipe Raymund…have a wonderful week 😀

  3. suituapui says:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous…and spicy too! Yum! Yum! Love dishes with wine especially the traditional ones too.

  4. Tessa says:

    Looks delicious Raymund! Have a great day!

  5. looks delicious! never tried gambas before, definitely a recipe i will be recreating.

  6. kiwidutch says:

    I make a version of this recipe with piri piri as the hot spice ingredient. This recipe also looks good so will give it a go and see how it compares. Yum!

  7. Anita Triana says:

    Looks gorgeos I like it.

  8. With a crisp glass of white, some tortilla chips and these Gambas, I’d be a happy gal!

  9. mjskit says:

    Oh Yes, I could eat a plate of these shrimps. Just warm me up a couple of corn tortillas and I’m set.

  10. This is very simple to make! I’m going to try this one with next shrimp I buy! We can whip up in a short time!

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