Starters & Snacks

Prawns al Mojo de Ajo

Several years ago, my sister made some really tasty spicy-lime shimp as appetizers for a 4th of July BBQ at her house, and then lost the recipe. Ever since, we’ve been treated to wonderful new shrimp recipes every summer in the search for the old one. I’m not sure whether this one was the original, but it’s probably just as good.

Prawns al Mojo de Ajo
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Spicy garlic and lime shrimp!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: prawns, shrimp
Author: Sarah
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced white onion
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 16 large shrimp, deveined (optionally with shells on)
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat

  2. Combine oil, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and garlic in a medium stainless steel skillet. Place skillet on grill; cover and grill 10 minutes or until garlic is soft and golden brown. Remove pan from grill; stir in parsley and juice. Return pan to the grill; cover and grill 2 minutes.

  3. Add shrimp to grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes or until grill marks appear, turning after 2 minutes. Remove shrimp from grill, and place in pan; toss to coat with juice mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  4. Arrange shrimp and mojo on a platter; sprinkle with serrano slices.


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