Spanish Shrimp

Wow, yes, it’s true. I AM still alive!! Sorry I haven’t posted this week, but holiday traveling has kept me quite busy! Hubs and I are still in California. As you can see, I have been taking full advantage of this little break to enjoy some time away from work and school and the blog (if you are a fellow blogger, I promise to get back to my usual reading/commenting after I get back to Florida this weekend!). I had a wonderful Christmas with my in-laws and enjoyed spending time with my cutie little nephew over the past few days. I hope you all also had a great Christmas. Did Santa bring you anything good? Santa brought me so many new food props like fun dishes and bowls. I don’t need to buy any for a very long time!

Last night, my cousin-in-law, Nellie and I headed over to Beverly Hills so that we could go check out Lisa Vanderpump’s (of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) restaurant, Villa Blanca. Lisa wasn’t there, but her daughter, Pandora, was there and she was also our waitress! Pandora’s new hubby was also there waiting tables. I thought it was super cool that they were actually working at the restaurant. Pandora was really sweet and seems totally down-to-earth. The food was also really tasty! I would definitely go again. And no, I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t want to be a total dork and it was really dark in the restaurant. I know, I suck.

Today, I am bringing you a recipe from good friend, Amanda. Although she doesn’t have her own blog, Amanda also loves to cook and take pictures of her food. And seriously, she makes some really yummy things, like this Spanish Shrimp. Amanda has been so sweet to send me some of her recipes and pictures to share with you all this week while I am still traveling. This shrimp dish would make a great appetizer for your New Year’s Eve parties!

Spanish Shrimp

Serves 4


– 1 lb. of shrimp (peeled with tails left on)

– 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

– 1 tsp. paprika

– 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

– 2 tbs. of sherry

– 1/4 cup of olive oil

– 1 tbs. of chopped fresh parsley

– 1 lemon, juiced

– salt and pepper


1. Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes. Saute until the garlic begins to brown (garlic burns quickly- keep an eye on it). Turn the heat to high and quickly add shrimp, lemon juice from the lemon, sherry, and paprika. Gently stir until shrimp turns pink and curls (~3-4 minutes). Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to platter.



  1. Enjoy the rest of your trip and glad to hear Santa treated you well. Wait till you see what my kids got me, posting it later this week, coolest cookie jar on the face of the planet!! Hi to Amanda and this looks super delish.

  2. Wow, this sounds delectable! I went to Spain as a child, quite often, so I love the flavors! Great recipe :)

  3. I hope you are having a nice break. I love getting shrimp recipes as I don’t have too many of my own. This one is very easy and I have all the ingredients. I should be making this very soon. Looks delicious!

  4. Wow!!! Beverly HIill? Wish I will be able to make it too in the near future and it must been a great experience for both of you. Nice work done with shrimps and love the name of it at the same time.

    • Hi Nava, yes, Beverly Hills is a lot of fun. I try to go whenever I fly out there for a visit. Lots of great restaurants, and of course, shopping!

  5. Oh, these look absolutely delicious, perfect for New year celebrations. Amanda sounds like a very good friend to have :)

  6. Have a great little break. This recipe look wonderful! We have shrimp in the fridge now and this just became dinner.

  7. The shrimp dish looks amazing!! I’m so happy you’re having such a wonderful time on your trip. :) I wish you the best for the New Year. ~ Ramona

  8. Sounds like your holiday is going quite well in California! Cool that you were able to check out Lisa’s restaurant. I am sure that there is more fun and adventure ahead as you go into the new year, so enjoy it my friend!
    Amanda’s shrimp dish is something I know I would enjoy, sweet of you to have her recipe here. The picture is very enticing. Great post.

  9. Love this dish -and after too many cookies, shrimp really entices! Enjoyed the post – don’t watch TV but have certainly heard of the program!

  10. Fabulous flavors, Stephanie. Shrimp is my hubby’s favorite, I’m always looking for new ways to cook it!

  11. This has got me salivating! The shrimp sound like they’re packed with tons of flavor!

  12. That shrimp looks delectable–and I’m with you, I’m against taking too many pictures in restaurants lest I look like a total idiot.

    • Haha! Ok, I know. My husband said that anyone affiliated with real housewives is not a celebrity so I would have been an even bigger dork for taking her picture, lol! Nobody else was so I decided not to!

  13. This looks delicious – now I’m craving shrimp, when I thought I wouldn’t be hungry for days! Food props are a GREAT Christmas gift, glad you’re having a good break!

  14. These sound like they would be an amazing tapa or great as a Holiday appetizer! I love the paprika and red pepper flakes addition!

  15. Oh, Amanda IS a fabulous cook…this shrimp dish looks fantastic!!! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas…and enjoy your time in California (bet it’s a lot warmer than Indiana!).

  16. Wow – that’s some pretty amazing flavors in the shrimp! It sounds like you had a GREAT time in California and welcome back!

  17. I love the spanish flavors in this. Paprika has been a go-to for me this winter!

  18. Looks great! I love shrimp

  19. Fabulous combination of flavors! Love it!

  20. Stephanie! This shrimp looks AH-MAZING!!!! This would be such a nice relaxing new year’s eve meal! I hope you had a great Christmas….it sounds like you did. Looking forward to seeing your new dishes when you are back to blogging regularly! But for now…enjoy your break and have fun! : )

  21. Love the flavors in this shrimp dish, and it looks beautiful too. Enjoy your vaca, and happy holidays!

  22. Yum! This is my kind of shrimp – tons of flavor! Glad you are having a great vacation!
    Happy New Year!

  23. What a great combination of flavours in this heavenly shrimp dish… the paprika and sherry sound gorgeous together – Great job Amanda! Happy New Year Stephanie – Enjoy the rest of your time in California and all the best for 2012!

  24. Looks delicious! And such a cute plate :D

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