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Delicious Mexican Style Garlic Shrimp Recipe (Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)

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Inside: Learn how to make Mexican-style Garlic Shrimp, which are easy to make and delicious at any time of the year. 

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mexican style garlic shrimp - camarones al mojo de ajo in pan

I have mentioned on other occasions that I am originally from a port city in Mexico. There, fishing, agriculture, and oil operations are the main sources of employment. I always remember getting up early with my mom to go to the docks to buy fresh-caught seafood from the fishermen who worked all night. 

I remember seeing many different types of seafood, including strange ones like the bobo fish and the pejelagarto. The docks were always crowded with people picking up their food for the week. That is why we had to go so early. If we waited a few hours later, everything would be gone and we would have to wait until the next day!

mexican style garlic shrimp (camarones al mojo de ajo) - ready to eat

Some of the most popular seafood at my house were octopus, oysters, tilapia, and of course shrimp. We had so many different ways of preparing this seafood that we never got bored. Some of the recipes that we made a lot were paella, tilapia with chipotle sauce, tilapia a la Veracruzana, fish tacos, ceviche, octopus broth, and of course these Mexican-style garlic shrimp (known as camarones al mojo de ajo in Spanish). 

mexican style garlic shrimp (camarones al mojo de ajo) from the side

mexican style garlic shrimp (camarones al mojo de ajo) unadorned

This Mexican-style garlic shrimp recipe is one of my favorites. It was one of the first recipes I learned growing up and when I realized how easy it was to make and how delicious it was, I fell in love. This recipe calls for simple, fresh ingredients. Accompanied with this delicious virgin piña colada recipe, I can assure you it will be a hit!

 

mexican style garlic shrimp (camarones al mojo de ajo) delicious

What is Mexican Style Garlic Shrimp? (Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)

The name in Spanish comes from the sauce that it is cooked in, and which only takes about 10 minutes! For the garlic sauce, you will need butter and at least 5 cloves of garlic. You start by cooking the butter and the garlic together to prepare the skillet, and then you cook the shrimp in the same pan. This recipe is very popular in Mexico and you will find it at pretty much any seafood restaurant. It only takes minutes to make, it is delicious and looks elegant. 

mexican style garlic shrimp (camarones al mojo de ajo) in tacos

One of my favorite ways to eat these garlic shrimp is as tacos with lime. You can serve it with rice, but even on its own, it is delicious! 

Let me know in the comments below how it turns out and your favorite way to serve it. 

mexican style garlic shrimp - camarones al mojo de ajo in pan
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Mexican-Style Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: shrimp
Servings: 10 Servings of 2 Shrimp
Calories: 129kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp without shells and cleaned
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 onion cut into slices
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 limes just the juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start by seasoning the de-shelled and cleaned shrimp with salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. 
  • Add the butter olive oil to a frying pan over medium-low heat until butter begins to melt. 
  • Add the garlic and onion and let saute together for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 5-8 minutes or until they are completely cooked through. 
  • Add the lime juice and parsley.
  • Enjoy immediately with tortillas, rice or salted crackers. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving of 2 Shrimp | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 66mg | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Learn how to make Mexican-style Garlic Shrimp, which are easy to make and delicious at any time of the year. 

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Nicole Gonzalez

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Hi there! I've made this before and it's absolutely delicious. Question though, for this recepie do you use white or red onion? In the photos above I see red onion. Thank you in advance!

Deb

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Absolutely delicious! I served with retried beans with tortillas but no one wanted them, just shrimp!

J. Ruiz

Sunday 29th of November 2020

My dad, who was a great cook, used to make this often. This is a good and easy to follow recipe. I've added it to my regular rotation of meals!

Charbel Barker

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Thanks for the comment! Glad that you enjoy this.

Marla Hare

Sunday 15th of November 2020

The recipe was awesome!!! It tasted great over rice.

Pita Ramirez

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Had some frozen shrimp I needed to use and I made your recipe and it was delicious! Thank you! Perfect for when you’re pressed for time too.

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