Spicy Gambas

Spicy Gambas is a Filipino adaptation of Gambas al Ajillo, one of many famous “tapas”. Originally, an appetizer from the south and center regions of Spain, it is prepared by sautéing shrimp and garlic in olive oil. Many versions have arisen and Filipinos usually serve it as a “pulutan”, a finger food paired with beers or as a main entrée with rice.

The secret to a good spicy gambas is cooking the shrimps right. It is important to avoid overcooking the shrimps so they don’t turn rubbery. Another important factor is to avoid burning the garlic or they will impart a bitter taste to the dish. If you remember this, Spicy gambas is actually quick and easy to prepare.