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Spicy Garlic Shrimp in cast iron skillet
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3.40 from 5 votes

Sizzling Gambas

Spicy Garlic Shrimp are easy to make and delivers big, bold flavors. Delicious as an appetizer or main dish. Sop up the garlicky pan juices with crusty bread or spoon over piping hot steamed rice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 133kcal


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, leaving tail intact
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 Thai chili peppers, stems trimmed and minced
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, seeded, cored and cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, seeded, cored and cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs


  • In a wide pan over medium-low heat, add butter and oil.
  • When butter just begins to melt, add garlic and chili peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until garlic lightly browns.
  • Increase the heat to high, stirring regularly to prevent garlic from burning.
  • Add bell peppers and cook, stirring regularly, until tender-crisp.
  • Add shrimp and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or just until color changes.
  • Add wine and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute or until wine is almost absorbed.
  • Add tomato sauce and continue to cook, stirring and tossing regularly, for another 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are cooked and sauce is thickened.
  • Season with salt to taste. Remove shrimp from pan and transfer onto sizzling plates.
  • Add bread crumbs to the pan and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute or until lightly browned (the bread crumbs will absorb some of the leftover sauce in the pan).
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs over gambas and serve hot.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 864IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg