Brazilian-style Peel And Eat Shrimp with Fried Garlic (Camarao ao Alho)

Latin Cuisine

Regional cuisine from Central and South America.

Brazilian-style Peel And Eat Shrimp with Fried Garlic (Camarao ao Alho)

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Note: For best results, use live, head-on shrimp. Look for shrimp about 2-inches long (with the head), about 25-30 to a pound

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  • Yield:serves 2 to 4
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
  • Rated:


  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds medium shell-on, head-on shrimp (see note above), rinsed and patted dry on paper towels
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon, for serving


  1. 1.

    Add oil and 3/4 of garlic to a 12-inch skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until garlic is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer garlic to a bowl.

  2. 2.

    Increase heat to high and heat until oil just starts smoking. Add shrimp all at once and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until starting to turn pink, about 1 minute. Return cooked garlic and remaining fresh garlic to pan, cook until shrimp is completely cooked through, about 1 minute longer, season with salt, transfer to a plate, and serve with lemon.