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Shrimp "Al Ajillo"

I grew up in Mexico and dishes “al ajillo” are very popular. All that means is food cooked in a garlicky sauce! Who doesn’t love that? I loved using Giesen 0% Sauvignon Blanc

in the actual recipe. The acidity and crisp notes in the wine really balance out the saltiness/richness of the dish! Nadia Aidi @Foodmymuse


1 lb. shrimp, peeled & cleaned

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 shallots, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4-6 chile de arbol (broken into small pieces) or 1 TB crushed red pepper

1 lemon, halved

3/4 Cup Giesen 0% New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

4-5 Tbsp high-quality unsalted butter

Crusty bread of choice.

1/4 Cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 Tbsp fresh chives, minced

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pat shrimp dry and season well with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat a pan on high for 2 minutes. Add olive oil, and lower heat to medium-high. Sear the shrimp for 25 seconds per side and set aside.

  3. Lower heat to medium, add shallots and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, mixing often. Add in chile de arbol and wine. Reduce by half for about 5 minutes.

  4. Return shrimp to pan and cook another 2 minutes. Squeeze half the lemon over the dish. Add herbs. Remove from heat and add the butter.

  5. Serve toasted crusty bread and the remaining lemon on the side.

Enjoy with a refreshing Giesen 0% Sauvignon Blanc!


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