Spicy Shrimp and Spaghetti Aglio Olio (Garlic and Oil)

Total Time:
45 min
30 min
15 min

4 servings

  • Spicy Shrimp:
  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple of handfuls)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • Coarse salt, about 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons (a couple of generous drizzles) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Aglio Olio:
  • 1/4 cup (4 turns around the pan in a light stream) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (2-ounce) tin anchovy fillets
  • 6 to 8 large cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked to al dente
  • Tomato and Onion Salad, as an accompaniment
  • Crusty bread, as an accompaniment
  • Tomato and Onion Salad:
  • 5 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, gently seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 small white skinned onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple of handfuls)
  • A generous drizzle extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • Crusty Bread, as an accompaniment
Watch how to make this recipe. Aglio Olio:
  • Combine shrimp with next 6 ingredients and toss to coat shrimp evenly.

  • Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat, then add half of the shrimp. Cook shrimp 3 minutes until pink and just firm. Remove shrimp to a warm platter and repeat process with remaining shrimp.

  • Return pan to heat and reduce heat to medium low. Add 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Add anchovies, garlic, and pepper flakes to oil. Break up anchovies with a wooden spoon until they melt away into the oil and garlic mixture.

  • Toss spaghetti in the pan with parsley and the garlic oil, then season with a little coarse salt, to your taste. Top servings of garlic and oil spaghetti with spicy shrimp and serve with Tomato and Onion Salad and Crusty Bread.

  • Cook's Notes: Prepare the shrimp while the pasta is cooking.

  • Prep your garlic and parsley for aglio olio and set them, as well as drained pasta and remaining ingredients all within arm's reach of your stove top.

  • The aroma will be intense! Cooked anchovies have a salted-nutty (rather than fishy) taste that compliments the garlic as it sweetens and softens.

Tomato and Onion Salad:
  • Toss the tomatoes and onions with the chopped parsley, oil, salt, and pepper. Let stand while you prepare dinner, about 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve salad with crusty bread for mopping up juices and oil.

  • Yield: 4 servings

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