Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican Shrimp in Garlic Mojo Sauce)

These camarones al mojo de ajo are giant shrimp and baby octopus cooked in a garlic sauce with a touch of pasilla chiles. A delicious recipe that is very easy to make. Serve with white rice, avocado, and a very cold beer.

close up view of Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Mexican Shrimp in Garlic Mojo Sauce) with squid, garnished with fresh herbs and lime slices, on a white plate, served with wine in a glass
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • ½ cup olive oil, divided

  • ½ cup butter, divided

  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 pounds cleaned baby squid, bodies sliced crosswise into 1/2 rings, large tentacles halved

  • 12 large jumbo prawns, cleaned

  • 2 dried pasilla chile, seeded and sliced


  1. Combine 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 cup of butter, garlic, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a blender; blend until marinade is smooth.

  2. Place squid and prawns into a bowl, pour in marinade, and stir until well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook chile until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add squid and shrimp; cook and stir until evenly browned, 10 to 15 minutes per side.


Watch the recipe video in Spanish on my blog: Gaby Cervello

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

660 Calories
53g Fat
7g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 210mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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