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Mexican Shrimp in Garlic Sauce (Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)

4 Servings

30 minutes

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There are many versions of this coastal Mexican dish, but its defining characteristics are a bold use of garlic and a bright citrus flavor. Though traditional recipes may require roasting or slow-cooking whole heads of garlic, we first mellow the allium’s pungency by steeping it in lime juice for a few minutes. We then coax out its sweet, nutty notes by gently pan-frying it in a little oil. A knob of butter—also traditional—tossed in at the end balances the garlic and lime and creates a silky sauce that clings lightly to the shrimp. Rice is a classic accompaniment, but crusty bread is delicious, too.




Don't add the garlic–lime juice mixture without first allowing the skillet to cool for about 5 minutes. This will prevent splattering and help ensure that the garlic browns evenly without scorching.

30 minutes


  • pounds extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp, peeled (tails left on), deveined and patted dry

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Jason J.
October 25, 2022
Great for shrimp tacos
Simple recipe with flavor that really pops and stands out amidst the toppings in a taco. Juicy and flavorful.
Sarah T.
July 12, 2022
So easy and so perfect
We made this as written and put the shrimp with homemade tortillas and a cabbage lime slaw and it was perfection. Will definitely make again.
Diana L.
January 23, 2023
It was ok
I would not say it was the best shrimp garlic recipe, but it was simple to make, and it was quick. I watched the video before making it and it looked like there was more lime used in the sauce.
Karen K.

Delicious! Made it with more sauce because we like things that way, but that's it!

Ramona W.

Made this, as we had everything already on hand, the other night. It was so good and quick to make, similar as how I make clams. Will be making it again.

Jean R.

This dish was superb! Garlic was mellow and the hint of lime made it all work together so nicely. Will make again and again!

Jonathan T.

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