Garlic Lover’s Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Garlic Lover’s Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

My husband is from what’s called ‘el istmo de Oaxaca’ which means Oaxaca’s isthmus. His hometown is right on the beach where it’s always hot and sunny. The best thing about living so close to a beach is that there is always AMAZING seafood!

5 Ingredient Mexican Garlic Shrimp
5 Ingredient Mexican Garlic Shrimp

Seafood in southern Mexico (which is where Oaxaca is) is always so fresh and delicious! It’s not uncommon to have it be freshly picked from the sea before it’s cooked. Some of the BEST fish I’ve EVER had has been from Oaxaca and it’s istmo. And that’s saying A LOT since I’m from the Pacific Northwest who’s know for it’s seafood.

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites and it’s so EASY. Literally amazing meal with only five ingredients. FIVE! Shrimp, butter, garlic, oregano and vinegar. I know I was surprised to learn that the best camarones al mojo de ajo has vinegar but it gives it just a little extra kick that makes it WOW.

5 Ingredient Mexican Garlic Shrimp
5 Ingredient Mexican Garlic Shrimp

If you absolutely LOVE garlic…and if you don’t we can’t be friends (just kidding…but not really) then this recipe is for you. This recipe was actually passed down from my husband’s father who has lived all his life in Oaxaca, so you know it’s authentic! This recipe calls for five cloves of garlic, but with my love of garlic I threw in a few extra for good measure. Really as much garlic as your heart desires is PERFECT in this recipe!

Garlic Lover’s Mexican Garlic Shrimp

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  1. Place butter in a microwavable dish and microwave until melted
  2. Add melted butter, oregano, vinegar and garlic to blender. Blend until smooth
  3. Add butter mixture to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shrimp and stir to coat all sides of shrimp.
  4. Cook shrimp over medium/low heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally until shrimp are fully cooked.
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo


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