Gambas a la Plancha (Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon)

Gambas a la Plancha (Grilled Shrimp)


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

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  1. Marinate the Shrimp:
    • In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
    • Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Let them marinate for about 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. You can also use a stovetop griddle or skillet.
  3. Grill the Shrimp:
    • Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers or simply place them directly on the grill grates.
    • Grill the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until they turn pink and opaque with nice grill marks. Be careful not to overcook, as shrimp cook quickly.
  4. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the grilled shrimp from the heat and place them on a serving platter.
    • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
  5. Enjoy:
    • Serve your Gambas a la Plancha immediately as a light and refreshing summer dish.

Optional Tips:

  • You can add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade if you want to add some heat to the dish.
  • Serve the grilled shrimp over a bed of fresh greens or with a side of Spanish-style rice for a complete meal.

Gambas a la Plancha is a delightful Spanish dish that highlights the flavors of the Mediterranean, making it a perfect choice for a light and refreshing summer meal. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)

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