Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

10.21.2016

This quick Lemon Garlic Shrimp just couldn’t get any easier! And the flavor is perfection. I mean, talk about the perfect flavor combo – garlic, lemon and butter. Yes, yes and definitely yes! You just can’t go wrong here. Butter makes everything better.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp on a white serving plate with a side of couscous and asparagus.

Buttery Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This lemon garlic butter shrimp is the perfect meal for busy weeknights! If you pair it with couscous and asparagus, it all cooks in 10 minutes or less and prep is a breeze!

If you want a little extra of that buttery sauce to serve with some couscous or pasta, just double up on the butter and lemon. Add some fresh steamed asparagus, and you will have a complete meal in no time that the whole family will love!

This lemon garlic shrimp recipe is definitely one of the easiest and quickest made from-scratch dinners you could make. Trust me, the flavor definitely beats a package of plain old ramen or fast food, so go with this instead when you have the urge to just grab something quick.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Ingredients

  • Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic

Shrimp in skillet after cooking. Tossed with garlic, lemon and butter.

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  • Mix together melted butter, lemon juice and parsley. Set aside.
  • Pat shrimp dry, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Cook half the shrimp in a skillet with half the garlic. When finished cooking, transfer to a foil packet to keep warm.
  • Cook the rest of the shrimp, then add the shrimp in the foil back into the pan.
  • Pour butter mixture over shrimp and toss to coat.

Can I Make This Recipe with Frozen Shrimp?

Yes, you’ll just need to thaw it out first and pat the shrimp dry before cooking it.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?

This lemon garlic butter shrimp is best enjoyed right away, since shrimp doesn’t reheat very well.

Close up image of cooked shrimp with garlic, lemon and butter.

Tips for the Best Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  • Be sure to pat the shrimp dry before cooking it for best results.
  • Shrimp only has to cook a few minutes — you’ll know it’s finished cooking when it’s pink all around.
  • Fresh lemon juice is a must for this recipe!

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Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

Tender skillet cooked shrimp are coated in a rich bright lemon butter sauce and finished with fresh parsley for a nice contrast of color. An easy dinner entree you'll want to make again and again!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs extra-large (21/25) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together butter, lemon juice and parsley, set aside.
  2. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels then sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and the sugar. 
  3. Heat 2 tsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add half the garlic and half the shrimp to skillet and cook turning once until shrimp is cooked through and opaque, about 3 minutes total. 
  5. Transfer to a piece of foil and wrap to keep warm. Repeat cooking process with remaining shrimp then remove skillet from heat.
  6. Return shrimp in foil to pan with other the shrimp. Pour butter mixture over shrimp and toss to coat. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Recipe source: inspired by The Best 30-Minute Recipe, by Cook's Illustrated

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 361mg 120%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Potassium 117mg 3%
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 6.8%
Vitamin C 11.8%
Calcium 20.4%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Butter Shrimp
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

6 comments

  • Janet: I don’t have 1-1/2 lbs. total of XL shrimp – can I use about 1 lb. of Lage sized shrimp? Thank you! March 23, 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would be fine. I hope you love it! March 23, 2017 at 6:09pm Reply

  • Sabrina B: thanks for sharing this, love to have as many fast prep/cook meals as possible! October 25, 2016 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Paige: I love anything shrimp! This looks amazing!

    Paige October 24, 2016 at 11:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Paige! October 25, 2016 at 11:10am Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: I can almost taste this through the photos! October 22, 2016 at 9:15am Reply

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