Shrimp Pil Pil With Spinach


There’s shrimp and then there’s garlicky, buttery shrimp. There’s just no contest between the two categories—the garlicky, buttery shrimp will win every time. The shrimp in question here are cooked in a riff on Spanish “pil pil” sauce. You’ll toast garlic cloves in butter until fragrant, add smoked paprika for spicy, rich flavor, and then sauté the shrimp until opaque. It’s an easy and quick way to get dinner on the table, and with the addition of wilted spinach, it’s a balanced meal, too. Since you’ll cook the spinach in the same pan as the shrimp, there’s very little cleanup. Win! Don’t skimp on the bread for this meal: it’s crucial for sopping up every last bit of the sauce. Serve with a dry, crisp cider or a lightly effervescent white wine like Albariño or Vinho Verde.

Shrimp Pil Pil With Spinach
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, divided

  • 1 ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper, divided

  • 1 pound fresh spinach

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 ½ pounds peeled, tail-on large raw shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Toasted bread, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half of the garlic and ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, tossing, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and transfer to a bowl; cover to keep warm. Wipe skillet clean.

  2. Pat shrimp dry and season with remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Add butter and remaining 4 tablespoons oil to skillet; heat over medium-high until butter is melted. Add paprika, remaining garlic, and remaining 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is fragrant and garlic softens, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side, turning halfway through. Serve shrimp with warm spinach and bread, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
25g Fat
8g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g

*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.

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