Garlic prawns with paprika

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Fried garlic prawns with sherry and paprika, a perfect tapa. This Spanish tapas recipe combines some real Spanish flavours: prawns from the Mediterranean, Fino sherry from Jerez, and smoked paprika from La Vera. Particularly delicious eaten outdoors.

From ‘Mouth-Watering Spanish Recipes’

by Victoria Twead and Gayle Macdonald

Fried Garlic Prawns with Paprika

Gambas al ajillo con pimentón


Serves 4

~ 10 minutes preparation ~

~ 6 to 8 minutes cooking ~


  • 1 kg (2.2lbs) prawns
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • Splash of Fino sherry


1) Thoroughly wash the prawns. Peel, leaving the tails on.

2) Heat a generous slug of olive oil in a large terracotta cazuela or pan.

3) Add garlic, paprika and sherry, and fry for 2 minutes to infuse the olive oil.

4) Add prawns, season with black pepper and fry, turning regularly for four minutes, or until cooked through.

5) Serve on a bed of salad accompanied with fresh, crusty bread.