Grilled Shrimp Tapas (Gambas a la Plancha) Recipe

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  • 9 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins,
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Gambas a la Plancha is a classic Spanish tapa recipe. Whole, unpeeled shrimp are salted, then cooked quickly on a flat iron grill. During and after cooking, lemon juice can be squeezed on the shrimp, giving them even more flavor. What a pure and simple dish!

What You'll Need

  • 1 lb (20-25 count) shrimp (heads on)
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 large lemon

How to Make It

  1. Rinse shrimp and drain. Cut lemon in half.
  2. Heat grill or cast iron frying pan until very hot. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and cover cooking surface evenly with the oil. Place shrimp on grill or pan, sprinkle liberally with salt. Squeeze lemon juice directly over shrimp. Turn shrimp over and sprinkle more salt and lemon juice.
  3. Shrimp should turn pink and shells should “brown” slightly when cooked. As soon as they are cooked, remove and place on serving platter. Garnish with lemon.

    Equipment Note: Because the shrimp will be cooked at high heat, do not use a non-stick surface. Use a flat iron grill or a  large cast iron frying pan for best results.