Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican Garlic Shrimp)

Camarones al mojo de ajo is a traditional Mexican dish made with tender pieces of shrimp simmered in a sumptuous butter and garlic sauce.

Mexican Camarones al mojo de ajo -

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo 

Cuaresma is upon us and it's time to make all of our meatless and seafood favorites, because many of us living in Mexico refrain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. I love any and all shrimp dishes, but my all-time absolute favorite is Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican Garlic Shrimp). This is one popular Mexican shrimp dish that you will find on the menu at any Mexican mariscos restaurant.

How to Make Mexican Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Making Camarones al Mojo de Ajo at home is unbelievably quick and easy. All you need is butter, onion, garlic, shrimp, and parsley or cilantro. That's it... just five ingredients to make this traditional Mexican shrimp dish.

My least favorite part of cooking with shrimp is having to peel and devein them, so sometimes I leave the camarones unpeeled. Because half the fun of eating any Mexican shrimp dish is sucking on all of the delicious sauce. That is why when ordering a shrimp dish at any local mariscos restaurant, they ask if you want your shrimp pelado (peeled) o sin pelar (unpeeled).

Yield: 6 servings

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Camarones al mojo de ajo is a tantalizing Mexican dish made with tender pieces of shrimp cooked in a sumptuous butter and garlic sauce.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup  butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/2 medium white onion 
  • 2-1/4 lbs. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro 


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Saute garlic and onion for 2 to 3 minutes until onion turns translucent. 
  2. Stir in shrimp; season lightly with salt. Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes until all the shrimp have turned pink. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped fresh parsley or cilantro. Stir gently to combine. Remove from heat. Serve with toasted bread slices, Arroz Blanco, and a green salad. Buen provecho! 
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  1. this looks very yummy!

  2. It looks good..instead of chopping the garling, i finely shredded just to make sure i don't have big chunks

  3. Gracias mija por publicar sus recetas =D

  4. I'm just a tad picky when it comes to seafood, can I peel my shrimp and still get the same result? Or would it completely kill the recipe? 

  5. Hi Jessica! 
    You will still get the same result if you peel your shrimp before cooking it.  Most seafood restaurants here in my small town give you that option.  :)   

  6. I used to order camarones al mojo de ajo when I lived in rural Jalisco. I love this dish and your recipe is very close to what I used to get at our local seafood place. LOVE IT! Thank you.

  7. Hi Leslie can you devein the shrimp? Or just leave them like that? Thank you!

  8. Love the recipe. Thx

  9. The color is a tad too beige. Is it ok to perhaps add some paprika or something for color?