Shrimp Pil Pil Recipe
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Our Shrimp Pil-Pil Recipe is a spicy Spanish tapas made with Tabasco, garlic, and olive oil.
The holidays are quickly approaching and that means parties! If you are anything like us you’re looking for simple, but delicious, holiday recipe ideas, this Shrimp Pil Pil recipe needs to go on your list!
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Every other year, in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Melinda and I and a couple of other lovely ladies leave behind work, the kids and all of the holiday planning madness and take a short, all girls, vacation to somewhere warm where we can bask in the sun all day.
Last year we went to Aruba. If you haven’t been add it to your bucket list — it is beautiful. We had this delicious spicy shrimp dish while we were there called Shrimp Pil Pil. It was so good that we went back to the same restaurant two nights in a row just because we needed to have it again! Since we won’t be vacationing together this year, the girls are all getting together for a holiday dinner party where we can exchange gifts and dream about our next trip. To bring back memories of Aruba we decided to serve tapas including Shrimp Pil Pil.
First we made a trip to Walmart to grab some Tabasco. We used the Tabasco Original Red but I think the Jalapeño, and Chipotle flavored sauces would make an interesting variation on the recipe. The first time I had Shrimp Pil Pil I never would have guessed that Tabasco would be the perfect hot sauce for recreating the recipe, but it is. Tabasco is just the right spice level. Your mouth won’t be on fire but you’ll feel a little heat in the back of your throat, and I like the extra flavor that the vinegar adds to the sauce. That plus butter and garlic = heaven.
This recipe is easy to make. The shrimp is cooked in ramekins filled with a buttery, garlicky, spicy sauce that you will want to sop up with a piece of bread, and the best part is it cooks in under 5 minutes.
You’ll need shrimp, olive oil, butter, Tabasco, garlic, salt and spicy paprika. We use spicy Spanish paprika and we would call the heat level medium, if you want to tone it down use sweet paprika instead or mix sweet and spicy paprika half and half. It will be just as delicious!
Mix the olive oil, butter, Tabasco, salt and paprika together. Then put 3-4 shrimp and several slices of garlic in each ramekin and pour the sauce in until the shrimp is halfway covered. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and put in the oven on broil for 4-5 minutes or until the oil is bubbling and the shrimp is pink, then take it out of the oven and serve hot. Don’t forget the bread, you’ll want every last drop of that juice!
As a fun little side gift we’ll be giving the girls a bottle of Tabasco with a recipe card for Shrimp Pil Pil attached to remind them of all the fun we have together during the holidays. We’ve included the printable for you so you can add it to your collection. For more tapas recipes you may enjoy this.
Delicious Party Food - Shrimp Pil Pil Recipe
- 1 lb Shrimp, , large (~30 shrimp)
- 2/3 c Olive oil
- 5 tbsp Butter
- 4 tbsp Tabasco
- 1 tbsp Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp Salt
- Mix the olive oil, butter, Tabasco, salt and paprika together.
- Place 3-4 shrimp and several slices of garlic in each ramekin.
- Pour the sauce in until the shrimp is halfway covered.
- Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and put in the oven on broil for 4-5 minutes or until the oil is bubbling and the shrimp is pink.
- Remove from oven and serve hot.
Need other party food ideas? Check out our Appetizer board on Pinterest!