Thu 23 March 2023:
Lemon Garlic Shrimp is tender, buttery, and finished with fresh parsley and lemon to enhance the taste even more. If you want a flavor-packed dinner recipe, this pan-seared lemon garlic butter, shrimp will hit the spot. Serve with a side dish or two for a no-fuss meal the whole family will love.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS LEMON GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP
- So easy to make. Any recipe that uses one pan and is ready in under 10 minutes is a winner in my book! Once you’ve prepped the garlic, pan-searing the shrimp only takes 5-6 minutes.
- Perfect for pairing with leftover sides. This garlic shrimp recipe is so great for a quick entrée to serve with leftover sides like alfredo pasta, lemon rice, or fresh salads.
- The best garlicky lemon butter sauce. Now that’s a mouthful; believe me, you’ll love every bite of this herbaceous shrimp recipe. The garlic and red pepper flakes sizzle in the hot oil and butter, infusing it with the best flavor before searing the shrimp. The final touch of fresh herbs with a squeeze of lemon juice awaken the savoriness with a burst of freshness.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE LEMON GARLIC SHRIMP
- Shrimp: I use thawed large, peeled, and deveined shrimp from frozen for this recipe. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel to remove extra moisture to get the best sear in the hot oil.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic gives the best flavor. Mince the garlic or use a garlic press and cook the garlic until you can smell it.
- Lemon: You’re going to use the skin and the juice of the lemon, so you want to pick one that looks nice on the outside and is free of spots or damage. When zesting, you want to avoid going too deep and getting into the pith (white part under the skin), as it is bitter.
- Butter + oil: I use a combination of extra virgin olive oil and butter. The oil helps deliver a nice sear, while the butter is purely for flavor.
- Seasonings: Salt, pepper, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes. For a little extra lemony flavor, you could also add a little lemon pepper seasoning.
- Fresh parsley: Parsley adds a nice balance and supports the rich flavors.
- Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.
- Season all over with salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet, then add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant,
- Add the shrimp keeping them in a single layer if possible.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is tender and opaque throughout.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and sprinkle with the chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST LEMON GARLIC SHRIMP RECIPE
- Use a hot skillet. To get the best sear on the shrimp, you want the pan to be hot and the oil/butter to sizzle, which will also help it cook quickly and evenly.
- Avoid overcooking the shrimp. You’d be surprised how quickly shrimp can overcook, but it can happen fast, even with no direct heat. Once you see the shrimp is no longer gray and has a pink color, remove it from the heat and add in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately to enjoy the best texture and flavors.
- Use fresh ingredients. For the best flavor, fresh lemon, garlic, and parsley are the way to go. They’re easy to keep on hand, and you can always freeze extra herbs for a fresh addition to many dishes.
- Choose your shrimp size. This recipe calls for a pound of shrimp, so you can use whatever size you like. To match the shrimp in the photos, I used large/jumbo. If you pick a smaller size of shrimp, you’ll get more pieces, but you may need to adjust the cooking time. Just watch for the opaque color to check if it’s done.
POPULAR SUBSTITUTIONS & ADDITIONS
- Add peppers and onions. After melting the butter, sauté thinly sliced peppers and onions. Once softened and blistered, add the garlic and flakes, cook until fragrant, and follow up with searing the shrimp. Similar to my shrimp fajitas recipe.
- Make it spicier. The red pepper flakes add a kick of heat, but you can up the heat more by either adding more red pepper flakes or sprinkling on cayenne pepper.
- Serve over salad. Spoon the seared butter garlic shrimp over a fresh salad like my Caesar side salad or fresh chopped salad. It’s a delicious protein to add to salads.
- Use roasted garlic. I’m hooked on roasted garlic and love to use it in all of my recipes. You can use twice as much roasted garlic as freshly cooked. Just add it in at the end by smearing it into the butter sauce and coating the shrimp with it.
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