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Camarones Al Mojo de Ajo

Updated: Jan 25

Or the literal translation, Shrimp in Garlic sauce! Check out this amazing shrimp-based Mexican dish that's bursting with flavor! Imagine succulent shrimp coated in a mouthwatering homemade garlic sauce, with just the right amount of kick from fresh jalapeños. Each bite is a tantalizing dance of flavors that'll have you savoring every moment.

To complement this delectable dish, I whipped up a simple yet refreshing side salad featuring crisp romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and creamy avocado. Drizzle some of that irresistible garlic sauce from the shrimp on top, and you've got yourself a winning combination! And let's not forget about the savory Spanish rice, a cherished family recipe passed down from my mother. I'll be sure to share that with you on a dedicated page for easy reference.

This recipe holds a special place in my heart, courtesy of my sister's father-in-law, Don Alex, a true Jalisco, Mexico native. Jalisco is not only famous for its tequila but also its incredible cuisine, and Don Alex's expertise shines through in every step of this recipe. From watching him cook it with passion to his meticulous explanations of the method and ingredients, I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn from him. My hope is that you'll experience the same joy and culinary adventure that Don Alex brings to every dish. Let's dive in and enjoy the flavors of Mexico together!

Here's what you'll need:

Yields: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 Cook Time: 10

Total Time: 20 mins


2lbs jumbo shrimp (with shells on)

1.5 stick of butter (3/4 cup)

8 cloves of garlic, minced

¼ yellow onion, minced

1 jalapeño, sliced in rounds (optional)

1 TSP Salt

1 TSP Pepper

Lemon zest (From 1 lemon)

Juice of ½ lemon


Step 1: Wash your shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel. Be sure to keep shells on shrimp for added flavor!

Step 2: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and let it melt.

Step 3: After the butter has melted, add the sliced jalapeños, minced garlic, diced onion and lemon zest. Mix together to make sure the ingredients are coated in melted butter.

Step 4: Once the garlic is fragrant, carefully add in the shrimp in an even layer. Add the salt, pepper and juice of ½ a lemon. Cook shrimp 3-4 minutes on each side or until shrimp is opaque and flip to cook the other side.

Step 5: Serve with a side salad and Spanish white rice and enjoy!

*Pro tip: Drizzle extra garlic sauce for even more flavor!

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