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A skillet of garlic and lemon shrimp.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Created by Mariam E.
This sweet and succulent garlic lemon shrimp recipe feels elegant but is so easy to make. Fresh and tender garlic butter shrimp cooks quickly and tastes incredible, so it’s perfect for entertaining, date night or a special weeknight meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, tails ON
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Salt or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • Lemon slices to garnish


  • Heat a large skillet over a medium flame with olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the shrimp and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic, Italian seasonings, smoked paprika, ground black pepper and salt and saute for a couple more minutes.
  • Stir in the butter, lemon juice, parsley and red chili flakes and simmer the shrimp for 1-2 minutes.
  • Garnish the shrimp with lemon slices and serve.


  • Purchase raw or raw frozen shrimp rather than precooked shrimp. 
  • Buying already peeled shrimp will save you lots of time. 
  • Jumbo shrimp are usually labeled as 21/25, which means there are usually 21-25 shrimp per pound. 
  • Shrimp will curl slightly and turn opaque pink when fully cooked. 
  • This recipe goes fast, and you do not want overcooked shrimp, so prep all of your ingredients in advance. 
  • Use high quality butter, fresh lemon juice and fresh garlic for the best flavor. 
  • Don’t move the shrimp. Let them sit in the pan for a few minutes, then flip, rather than tossing or moving them around.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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