Spanish Grilled Shrimp Tapas (Gambas a la Plancha)

Spanish Grilled Shrimp Tapas
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Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Total: 9 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
2g Fat
6g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 354mg 118%
Sodium 977mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 42g
Calcium 156mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Gambas a la plancha, or grilled shrimp, is a classic Spanish tapa recipe. Whole, unpeeled shrimp are salted, then cooked quickly on a flat-iron grill.

During and after cooking, lemon juice can be squeezed on the shrimp, giving them even more flavor. What a pure and simple dish!


  • 1 pound shrimp (20 to 25 count, heads on)
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rinse shrimp and drain. Cut the lemon in half.

  3. Heat grill or cast-iron frying pan until very hot. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and cover the cooking surface evenly with the oil.

  4. Place shrimp on the grill or in the pan, sprinkle liberally with salt. Squeeze lemon juice directly over shrimp. Turn shrimp over and sprinkle more salt and lemon juice.

  5. Shrimp should turn pink and shells should “brown” slightly when cooked. As soon as they are cooked, remove and place on serving platter. Garnish with lemon.

  6. Enjoy!


  • Because the shrimp will be cooked at high heat, do not use a non-stick surface. Use a flat-iron grill or a large cast-iron frying pan for best results.