Both the Spanish and Portuguese have always been known for exotic dishes and recipes containing prawns as one of the ingredients. They are known for the simple dishes like a nice bowl of olives or a wedge of cheese and bread, all served with great prawn or shrimp dishes.

One of the most popular dishes in both these countries is the Gambas al ajillo which tends to be very popular at tapas in Spain. Down to the simplicity of the dish, fresh prawn are marinated in plenty of garlic and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Let us take a look at a few other famous recipes from Spain and Portugal.

The Spanish have always been good at adding prawns to quality dishes, let us look at 3 of the most popular in Spain and Portugal. Some of the recipes are almost similar.


This is a simple recipe that can be cooked in just 35 minutes and is extremely popular amongst locals, taking prawns and marinating them in lemon first. Then chili and coriander are added to give this dish that added kick of spices.

This a very popular tapas dish loved by many tourists. Tapas food is nowadays not just popular amongst the Spanish themselves. Tourists have taken to these recipes all across Spain. Made with fresh prawns and plenty of garlic and a pinch of chili this really is the perfect dish.

BBQ Piri Piri prawns are a fantastic fast food treat, these are great at parties and family BBQs. These hot and spicy prawns are packed with heat and flavor and you really are in for a treat if you love your prawns spicy.


Like Spain this is another country that loves those tasty dishes packed with flavor, let us take a look at three of the popular prawn dishes eaten in Portugal.

1. Seafood and Bread Mix

This is a fantastic dish that has a mix of different flavors and almost as much seafood as you can handle. You can eat to your heart’s content. Mixed up with egg yolk, garlic, olive oil, and Piri Piri sauce if you wish. It is just a great treat for any time of the day.

2. Portuguese Fish Pasta

Mixed with raw prawns, onions and chopped garlic this is a great dish served at dinner or when you have friends around. It makes pasta tasty, and it is a very popular dish amongst friends.

3. Piri Piri Prawns With Aioli

Piri Piri prawns are very popular in both of these countries. They are tasty and hot and they are also popular at tapas and amongst friends at parties.