Garlic Shrimp


Garlic Shrimp

I was served this dish at Sagres Restaurant while filming season 2.  This is my recipe, not the restaurant’s, but  I think you’ll find it to be tasty and easy to prepare!


1lb shrimp

1 tbsp Portuguese hot sauce (or substitute to your preference)

4-5 sliced/chopped cloves of garlic

3 tbsp olive oil or enough to cover your pan

1/2 cup white wine

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Parsley to garnish


Begin by oiling your pan with olive oil over medium heat. Add your sliced garlic, salt, and pepper and lightly sauteé. Toss your shrimp and sauteé together with the garlic. Add the hot sauce and wine and quickly stir.Your shrimp will be cooked perfectly when it turns to an opaque pink color. Once done, garnish with your parsley and enjoy!


Garlic shrimp being prepared in Sagres Restaurant

  1. You can use either raw or cooked shrimp, but raw shrimp is preferable for this dish to avoid overcooking.
  2. Clean and devein shrimp: Peel the shrimp, leaving the tail intact for presentation if desired. Devein the shrimp by making a shallow cut along the back and removing the dark vein.
  3. Use high-quality garlic: Choose fresh garlic cloves for the best flavor, and avoid using pre-minced garlic, which may have an off-taste.
  4. Slice or mince garlic: Depending on your preference, you can either slice the garlic thinly or mince it. Sliced garlic will provide a milder flavor, while minced garlic will deliver a stronger garlic taste.
  5. Heat the oil and cook garlic: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet or frying pan. Add the garlic and cook until it’s lightly golden and fragrant, taking care not to burn it, as burnt garlic can become bitter.
  6. Control the heat: Cook the shrimp over medium to medium-high heat to ensure they cook evenly without overcooking. Overcooked shrimp can become rubbery and tough.
  7. Cook shrimp quickly: Shrimp cooks quickly, usually in just 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the size. The shrimp will turn pink and opaque when they’re cooked through. Avoid overcooking to maintain their tender, juicy texture.
  8. Season with salt and pepper: Season the shrimp with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt, as some shrimp may already have a slightly salty flavor.
  9. Add a splash of acidity: A splash of lemon juice or white wine can brighten up the flavors of the dish. Add the liquid towards the end of cooking and let it cook for a minute to meld the flavors.
  10. Garnish with fresh herbs: Chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, or even green onions can add a burst of color and flavor to the finished dish. Sprinkle the herbs over the shrimp just before serving.
  11. Serve with crusty bread or over pasta: Garlic shrimp can be served as an appetizer with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful juices or as a main dish over pasta or rice.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious garlic shrimp dish that is quick, easy, and packed with flavor.

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