Prawns with chilli and garlic recipe (gambas al ajillo)

Jo Mills gave her supper some Spanish flava in Come Dine With Me West Yorkshire with this tasty tapas treat


  • 8 large raw prawns (whole and in the shell if possible)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (deseeded if preferred)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Chopped parsley and lemon wedges, to serve


How to make gambas al ajillo

1. Put the prawns in a bowl and drizzle with 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Stir in the chopped chilli and the garlic. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/Gas 6. Pour the remaining olive oil into a small shallow ovenproof dish, put on a baking tray and place in the oven to heat for 4-5 minutes.

3. When the oil is hot, carefully add the prawns and all the chilli and garlic. Watch out for splashes as the oil will be very hot. Return to the oven and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning once. By this time the prawns should be cooked and become completely pink.

4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve sizzling hot with lemon wedges for squeezing.

Please note this recipe is the contestant's own and has not been tested professionally. Like the Come Dine With Me contestants, you could be creating a culinary delight or dining disaster, so switch on your ovens and be bold.


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Wednesday 19 December 2007
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