Puerto Rican Shrimps: Camarones al Ajillo

If you are looking for a delicious and exotic seafood dish, look no further than Camarones al Ajillo! This dish is a favorite in Caribbean cuisine, and it’s easy to see why. The shrimps are first marinated with lemon, orange, and garlic, then cooked and finished with wine. The result is a spectacular flavor that will delight your taste buds. So if you’re feeling adventurous, give this Puerto Rican shrimp recipe a try!

What is Camarones al Ajillo?

Camarones al Ajillo is the Caribbean version of garlic shrimp. The dish is very popular because it’s easy to make and has amazing flavors. The shrimps are first marinated with lemon, orange, and garlic, then cooked in a skillet until they’re pink and slightly charred around the edges. Finally, add a splash of wine to give the dish an extra flavor boost.

How do I peel the Shrimps?

Start by peeling off the shell of the shrimp. You can do this by gently pulling it away from the body, starting at the head. Once you’ve removed the shell, use a paring knife to cut along the back of the shrimp and remove the vein. Finally, rinse the shrimp under cold water and set it aside.

What do I need to make Camarones al Ajillo?

Shrimps: The main ingredient in this dish is shrimp, so I recommend you purchase some fresh shrimps that you will find in most supermarkets.

Lemon: Lemons are used to marinate the shrimp, so you’ll need a few of them.

Garlic: Garlic is also used in the marinade, so you’ll need at least one head of garlic.

Orange: Oranges are used to give the shrimp dish a slightly sweet flavor.

Wine: You’ll need a good bottle of wine to add to the skillet later on in the cooking process.

Pepper and Salt: To season the dish, you’ll need pepper and salt. I usually use black pepper and sea salt.

Butter: You’ll need a knob of butter to add to the skillet.

Olive Oil: You’ll also need some olive oil to cook the shrimp in.

Parsley: Lastly, you’ll need some fresh parsley to garnish the dish with.

Skillet: You’ll need a large skillet for this recipe

How do I make Camarones al Ajillo?

Combine the shrimps, lemon juice, orange juice, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix everything until the shrimp are well coated, then set aside.

Heat up the butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Once the butter has melted, add in the marinated shrimp. Cook the shrimp for about two minutes per side, or until they’re pink and slightly charred around the edges.

Finally, add the wine to the skillet and let it simmer for a few minutes. Serve the Camarones al Ajillo with some fresh parsley and enjoy!

What kind of wine goes well with the Shrimps?

I would recommend a white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. They both have a light and refreshing flavor that pairs well with the shrimp dish. Another option would be a rosé wine, which has a slightly sweet and fruity taste. However, you can also use any type of red wine if you prefer. Just make sure it’s a good quality wine that will pair well with the seafood flavors in the dish.

What side dishes can I use with the Puerto Rican Shrimp?

Some good side dishes to serve with Camarones al Ajillo are steamed white rice, roasted potatoes, or a simple salad. You could also serve some crusty french bread on the side for dipping in the sauce.

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make shrimp dish, then look no further than Camarones al Ajillo. This Puerto Rican shrimp recipe doesn’t need much prep time and is perfect for any occasion. So give it a try today!

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This Garlic shrimp recipe is easy to make and makes a delicious meal! Puerto Rican food is full of flavor, and this dish is no exception. Garlic has many benefits, such as helping lower your cholesterol and support your immune system. This is a delicious recipe that you need to try out!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 4
Calories 193 kcal


  • 2 pounds Raw shrimp cleaned and shelled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 Orange juiced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Sherry wine
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley finely chopped


  • Combine the shrimp, salt, pepper, and garlic in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine lemon juice, orange juice and sherry wine in a container and add to the shrimp.
  • Place a frying pan on the stove over medium heat and add the butter. Once it has melted, add the shrimp and juices. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes maximum, or just until they turn pink. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  • The shrimp can be served with toasted bread, fresh salad, or rice. They are also very delicious over good pasta.


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 32gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1291mgPotassium: 368mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 1mg
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