What’s Cooking: Shrimp Al Ajillo

Looking to try a new twist on shrimp scampi? Check out this recipe and video for skillet roasted Shrimp Al Ajillo from the Painted Burro in Somerville.


  • 6 Ea White Gulf Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Roasted garlic & chipotle butter
  • Cilantro
  • White wine
  • Oaxaca cheese
  • Cotija cheese
  • Asadero cheese
  • White corn meal


  1. Cook the cornmeal with milk to desired consistency, fold in the cheeses.
  2. Melt the chipotle butter in a sauté pan.
  3. Add the shrimp and wine.
  4. Cook until shrimp are done.
  5. Add cilantro.
  6. Place the warm cheesy grits in a bowl.
  7. Pour the shrimp and pan sauce over the grits and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  8. Enjoy!