Gambas Pil Pil - Prawns with Garlic and Chilli

Gambas Pil Pil is an easy and delicious Spanish tapas that you can rustle up in next to no time. It's really worth buying quality tiger prawns and of course, as long as you also like garlic and chilli what's not to like? Gambas Pil Pil reminds me instantly of our holiday's in Punta Umbria, Spain. Punta Umbría is a town and municipality in the province of Huelva, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia.

Gambas Pil Pil - Prawns with Garlic and Chilli

Tapas bars are everywhere but the best one we found was when we went on a day trip to Seville; the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. Oh my goodness I could have sat there all day eating tapas, drinking and watching the world go by. We found the perfect bar among the winding, narrow cobbled streets of Santa Cruz; the central plaza where you'll find Seville’s mighty cathedral.

The colourful centre of old Seville is always packed with tourists but hasn't lost the small-town ambiance that has defined it for centuries. There is a maze of narrow cobbled streets and some of the city’s best tapas bars. But be warned the first time you go there you will almost certainly get lost; but don't be put off it's an experience in itself! Seriously, yes you will be disoriented due to the maze of cobbled streets but you will find your way (we found our way back so it can't be that bad)!

Street in Seville

In any case there are a lot of people about that you can always ask. Copy this text into your phone, show it to someone and you'll be fine.

Hola, ¿puedes decirnos el camino a la catedral? (Hello can you tell us the way to the cathedral?)
Once your back at the Cathedral you'll know where you are again.

Top Tip!
Don't be wearing heels for goodness sake because believe me, you will as sure as eggs are eggs, fall over!

Anyway we found this seriously cute looking tapas bar and ordered so much food we were stuffed. So there we were sat a table with two of its legs propped up with wedges of wood to get it kind of straight because of the hill we were on we sat looking at the menu wondering where to begin. But the food was so good you just had to keep on eating till it was all gone.

We had loads of time before our coach would leave to take us back to our hotel in Punta Umbria; so no worries we were just glad of the much needed shade. It was actually this tapas bar shown in the picture below. But I didn't get a full picture since there were people sat at the tables and it's not the done thing to take pictures of people so closeup. Well when they'd gone that was the table we sat at. 

Seville Tapas Bar
 
Gambas Pil Pil in that Tapas bar was the best ever had and so yesterday I had a go at making it myself. Armed without a recipe and prawns from online fishmonger The Fish Society, I knew what it should taste like so I aimed for that.

Success. Yep this was pretty much perfect, even if I do say so myself. Paul (the husband) will not eat prawns so what's a girl to do other than eat them all 😊

Gambas Pil Pil

With that said I actually only cooked 4 because as you can see these prawns were huge. As I said they were from The Fish Society (the very same lovely people that sent me some gorgeous Hand Dived King Scallops the other week) now I can truly say these King Prawns were delicious. Check out my recipe post for Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham It's a recipe by Rick Stein and it is truly delicious 😋

You need raw prawns to cook any prawn dish really because if you use ready cooked ones they are being cooked twice and will just be tough and horrid. Raw prawns, even this size, take just a couple of minutes to cook. If you've never cooked prawns before you'll be surprised at how quick they are ready. Raw prawns are kind of blue in colour but when cooking pretty much as soon as they turn pink they are done; trust me. Too much longer and they'll be over cooked.

One of the many reasons I highly recommend buying from The Fish Society:
They always quote the defrosted weight, not the gross weight. All peeled king prawns have a protective ice glaze, which melts away upon defrosting. Some suppliers add a very thick glaze, to make their prawns seem heavier and therefore cheaper. Theirs have a 20% glaze whereas prawns bought from other places can have a glaze of up to 50%

Plus they are already deveined so no messing about! Once defrosted your good to cook.

Gambas Pil Pil is the an easy and delicious Spanish tapas that you can rustle up in next to no time.

To make 1 x tapsa you will need:
4 - 6 Raw King Tiger Prawns (deveined)
2 tablespoons of Olive oil - I used Morocco Gold
1 big fat Garlic clove - very finely chopped (I use a garlic press)
2 teaspoons Pimenton Picante (Hot) Paprika 
a good pinch of Dried Red chilli flakes
Fresh Parsley leaves - finely chopped

Nice fresh crusty bread for dipping and mopping

Method:
Pat the prawns dry with kitchen paper - be sure to devein if they haven't been done for you. Get the rest of the ingredients and tapas dish at the ready as the prawns will cook fast.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the Pimenton Picante (Hot) Paprika.
Now add the prawns and cook for a minute.

Add in the garlic and chilli flakes.

Turn the prawns in the oil and cook for a further minute or so; pretty much as soon as they turn pink they are done.

Serve immediately in a tapas dish (or any other small dish) and sprinkle over the chopped parsley.



Prawns, Shrimp, Tapas, Seafood
Tapas, Spanish, Seafood
Spanish
Yield: 1 x Tapas
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Gambas Pil Pil

Gambas Pil Pil is the an easy and delicious Spanish tapas that you can rustle up in next to no time.
prep time: 3 Mcook time: 3 Mtotal time: 6 M

ingredients:

  • 4 - 6 Raw King Tiger Prawns (deveined)
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1 big fat Garlic clove - very finely chopped (I use a garlic press)
  • 2 teaspoons Pimenton Picante (Hot) Paprika
  • a good pinch of Dried Red chilli flakes
  • Fresh Parsley leaves - finely chopped
  • Nice fresh crusty bread for dipping and mopping

instructions:

How to cook Gambas Pil Pil

  1. Pat the prawns dry with kitchen paper - be sure to devein if they haven't been done for you. Get the rest of the ingredients and tapas dish at the ready as the prawns will cook fast.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the Pimenton Picante (Hot) Paprika.
  3. Now add the prawns and cook for a minute.
  4. Add in the garlic and chilli flakes.
  5. Turn the prawns in the oil and cook for a further minute or so; pretty much as soon as they turn pink they are done.
  6. Serve immediately in a tapas dish (or any other small dish) and sprinkle over the chopped parsley.
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