Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp


Okay so I’m not only obsessed with sheet pan meals but definitely skillet meals too! This quick Garlic Lemon Butter 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! I mean you just can’t go wrong here. Butter makes everything better.

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

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

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 the whole family will love in no time!

This is the perfect meal for busy weeknights because, if you do go with couscous, asparagus and the shrimp combination, it all cooks in 10 minutes or less and prep is a breeze!


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

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. Plus it will have a lot more nutrition than the previously mentioned too.

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

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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


  • 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


  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


  • 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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