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Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican garlic prawns) cooked in a garlic and butter sauce and topped with fresh lime and herbs. Serve over rice, tacos, or tostadas for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

If you are looking to make a quick and easy recipe that is bursting with flavor, then these Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican Shrimp with Garlic) are for you!

The prawns are cooked in a luxurious butter and garlic sauce, rich and succulent, yet bright and light thanks to the addition of lime zest and lime juice.

It’s ready from start to finish in just 22 minutes, made with just 8 simple ingredients, and can be served on its own or as a protein in many dishes.

I found myself licking my fingers many times the first time I made this recipe because the sauce is so good!

What is shrimp garlic mojo?

Camarones al mojo de ajo translates to “shrimp in garlic sauce” in English. Like shrimp scampi, fresh shrimp are cooked in a butter and garlic sauce that is enlivened with a touch of lime or lemon acid. Instead of being served with pasta, shrimp garlic mojo is usually served with rice, on toast or with fresh tortillas.

ingredients in Shrimp with Garlic Mojo

  • Shrimp – You can use frozen or fresh shrimp for this recipe, but fresh is always the best. I prefer jumbo shrimp, but any size will do. Smaller shrimp will cook faster.
  • Butter – This gives the garlic sauce that rich, buttery flavor that makes this dish great!
  • Garlic – One of the stars of this dish! When the garlic sauté is combined with the butter and lime, you get the most succulent and tender garlic butter prawns.
  • Onion – Some thinly sliced ​​onion is cooked in the butter garlic sauce to add even more depth of flavor. During the cooking process, it also soaks up a lot of sauce, filling every bite of onion with a buttery flavor!
  • Lime – You’ll use the zest and juice to add a fresh note of tartness to each bite.
  • Cilantro – Gives the shrimp a fresh herb flavor that cuts through the garlic and butter. Feel free to use parsley here if you prefer.
  • salt and black pepper – The two simple ingredients are the only spices you need. They really help the butter and garlic shine.

How to make shrimp with garlic mojo

  1. Bring your hot skillet to a boil over medium heat, then add the butter. Add the onion, salt and pepper and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes more.
  3. Add the lemon zest and juice and cook for another 2 minutes to really incorporate those flavors into the butter sauce.
  4. Add the shrimp and sauté until they turn pink on both sides. This should only take about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from heat, garnish with cilantro, and serve immediately.

Suggestions and Substitutions

  • If you are using frozen shrimp, make sure they are completely thawed before using. I also patted them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Don’t you like shrimp? The flavors remain delicious whether you make this recipe with thin chicken breast or with another type of fish such as halibut or scallops.
  • Looking for more spices? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and paprika to the mix.

What to Serve with Mexican Garlic Prawns

This succulent and tender shrimp is delicious on a side of white rice or with tortilla chips. Here are other serving tips:

storage and heating

To preserve, store shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.

This fish recipe is best eaten right away, but if you have leftovers that need to be reheated, you can reheat them in the microwave until reheated, about 1 minute. Try not to overheat it or the shrimp might get tough and chewy.


Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican garlic prawns)

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 12 minutes

Total: 22 minutes

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican garlic prawns) cooked in garlic butter and dressed with lime and herbs. A quick and easy dinner recipe!

  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until completely melted.

  • Add the onion, salt and black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the garlic is fragrant and the onion turns translucent.

  • Add the lime zest and lime juice. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning shrimp in half, until shrimp turn pink and are cooked through.

  • Remove from heat, garnish with cilantro, and serve immediately.

Serving Size: 1 serving Calories: 248 kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 16g (32%) Fat: 18g (28%) Saturated Fat: 11g (55%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 188mg (63%) Sodium: 936mg (39%) Potassium: 189mg (5%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 744IU (15 %) Vitamin C: 9mg (11%)%) Calcium: 85mg (9%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Course: Dinner

Mexican Kitchen

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