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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. So easy. So tasty.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 236kcal



  • 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. 



  • For some spice, just add one chile de arbol.
  • For very spicy, add two to three chile de arbol.
  • For not spicy but flavorful, omit using the chile de arbol.
You can also use chicken or vegetable stock instead of the white wine.
For a completely lactose-free recipe, use olive oil instead of butter.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 1036mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 3mg