Gambas pil pil – Prawns in garlic and chili

Gambas pil pil prawns is a delicious Spanish dish of shrimps in garlic and chili sauce. They are great for serving tapas or just for dinner with bread to dip in the sauce. We love the dish at home and hope you will too. Read along here and get our recipe for the best gambas pil pil.

gambas pil pil prawns in spanish dishes

One comfort food to rule them all

Gambas pil pil is and always will be a favorite in our home. Lots of flavors, and then served with good bread. The bread is used to soak up all the lovely sauce, it just doesn’t get much better than this. Gambas pil pil originates from Spain and can be served both as a main course and as a tapas dish if you can “settle” for a smaller portion.

It has taken many attempts before our recipe for gambas pil pil was just right. But now we found the secret formula. I would recommend using raw shrimp if you can get it, they give a better taste to the dish.

Gambas pil pil is a really cozy plate to enjoy in good company, and preferably with a glass of cold white wine. I usually make it in a large pan on the gas burner on my grill. Then we sit and eat directly from the pan or a large clay plate. Our son Johannes and our daughter Ellen also love it, they think it is fun to eat with their fingers, with mom and dad around the table.

gambas pil pil prawns in spanish dishes

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When you go shopping for this recipe, please remember to be aware of the ingredients you buy. We only buy prawns with the ASC certificate to make sure they are farmed in a good way.

Homebaked bread is really good to eat with this dish, but you can also serve it with a small salad on the side if you want more greens, and serve it as a main course.

gambas pil pil prawns in spanish dishes

Gambas pil pil

Recipe for gambas pil pil
Easy recipe for classic gambas pil pil shrimp, that is prawns with garlic and chili! It is wonderful everyday food, a small starter or tapas dish, or just when you need real cozy food. It can be eaten all year round but is a lovely summer dish along with a cold glass of white wine on the terrace.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Tapas
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 2 people
Calories 1228 kcal


  • 300 g prawns
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 1,5 dl olive olie
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 dl parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 red or green chili Finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced – 3 3-4 tbsp. canned tomatoes
  • 10 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ lemon the juice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Peber to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley for garnishing, chopped


  • Take out a big frying pan and heat up the oil. Add the butter and let it melt in the oil at medium heat.
  • Add garlic, shallot, and chili and let it simmer on medium heat for 5 min.
  • Add paprika, smoked paprika, tomatoes, salt, and sugar, and let it fry for about a minute.
  • Add prawns and lemon juice and let it simmer until the tomatoes are soft and the sauce begins to split. Put in the parsley and give it one more minute all together.
  • Taste and put in extra salt, pepper, and lemon juice if needed. Take the pan off the heat and sprinkle chopped parsley over before serving.
  • Serve hot from the pan with a nice bread.


Calories: 1228kcal
Keyword gambas al pil pil, pil pil dish, shrimp dish, shrimp pil pil, starter, summer food, tapas dish
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