Garlic Butter Shrimp

This 5 ingredient Garlic Butter Shrimp is ready in 10 minutes! With the perfect garlicky and buttery flavors, this shrimp will jazz up any occasion. Enjoy!

garlic butter shrimp on a plate with fresh lemon slices

Easy and Delicious!

This garlic butter shrimp recipe is just as easy as it is delicious! This recipe is the perfect appetizer to share, or can be paired nicely with so many delicious easy recipes (check out our recommendations below!) to round out a healthy meal. Let’s get into it, shall we?!

raw shrimp with butter, ready to be sautéed in a skillet

Garlic Butter Shrimp Ingredients

This garlic butter shrimp comes together in 5 simple ingredients:

  • Shrimp (fresh, peeled and deveined)
  • Butter
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

shrimp tips

When you’re shopping for fresh shrimp at the grocery store, look for peeled and deveined shrimp. The deveining and peeling process is tedious, so this will save you time and frustration!

Can you use frozen shrimp? YES! But make sure it’s thawed before you make this recipe.

Can you use cooked shrimp? We don’t recommend using already cooked shrimp for this recipe.

garlic butter shrimp in a skillet being flipped with tongs

How to Make Garlic Butter Shrimp

This garlic butter shrimp is so flavorful, and SO easy to make. Let’s get into it:

  1. Start by removing any access moisture from the shrimp, by placing the shrimp on a plate and patting with a paper towel or tea towel. 
  2. Next, heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add butter once the skillet is hot.
  3. When the butter is melted, add garlic and let the garlic sauté for 1 minute. 
  4. Place shrimp in the pan, but do not crowd the shrimp (two batches may be necessary depending on pan size) and sprinkle with salt. Pro tip: The shrimp should be in a single layer, allowing each shrimp to lay flat on the skillet. If your skillet doesn’t accommodate this, two batches will be necessary!
  5. Sauté the shrimp for 2-4 minutes on each side depending on how hot your stove top gets. The shrimp will turn a pinkish color as they cook!
  6. Remove shrimp from the pan and squeeze fresh lemon over the shrimp before serving. 

garlic butter shrimp on a plate with butter for dipping

What to Serve with Garlic Butter Shrimp

This shrimp recipe is a great appetizer, but can also be paired with any of the following to round out a healthy and delicious meal:

Mains

Sides

Salads

garlic butter shrimp being dipped in butter

garlic butter shrimp on a plate

Garlic Butter Shrimp

This 5 ingredient Garlic Butter Shrimp is ready in 10 minutes! With the perfect garlicky and buttery flavors, this shrimp will jazz up any occasion. Enjoy!

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Fat 15 Carbs 3 Protein 21

Yield 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

  • 7 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 lb. raw extra-large shrimp, tail on and deveined
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Begin by removing any access moisture from the shrimp. Place them on a plate and pat them with a paper towel or tea towel. 
  2. Next, heat a large skillet pan over medium heat. Add butter.
  3. When butter is melted add garlic and let the garlic sauté for 1 minute. 
  4. Place shrimp in the pan, but do not crowd the shrimp (two batches may be necessary depending on pan size) and sprinkle with salt. 
  5. Sauté the shrimp for 2-4 minutes on each side depending on how hot your stove top gets.
  6. Remove shrimp from the pan and squeeze fresh lemon over the shrimp before serving. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe Calories: 236 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 428 Fat: 15 Carbohydrates: 3 Fiber: 0 Protein: 21 Cholesterol: 173

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SeafoodMethod: Stove TopCuisine: American

Keywords: garlic butter shrimp

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