Camarones al Ajillo (Mexican Shrimp in a spicy garlic sauce) in a black iron skillet topped with lime slices and surrounded by green cilantro leaves.
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Camarones al Ajillo

Camarones al Ajillo is a tasty Mexican dish that comes together in a snap. Juicy, plump, and succulent shrimp swimming in a savory chile sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Author: Maggie Unzueta



  • In a large skillet, melt the butter. 
  • Add the garlic.
  • Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
    Be careful not to burn.
  • Add the chile guajillo and chile de arbol (if using).
    Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add the shrimp, lime juice, white wine, and salt.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until shrimp is pink and fully cooked. 
    Shrimp cooking in a cast iron skillet along with the dried chiles.



For a spicier dish, add one more chile de arbol.
For a less spicier dish, omit the chile de arbol.
You can also use chicken or vegetable stock instead of the white wine.