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  • Why You’ll Love My Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe
  • How To Make Garlic Butter Shrimp
  • My Recipe Tips
  • Storage Instructions
  • Serving Suggestions
  • More Easy Shrimp Recipes
  • My Favorite Skillet For This Recipe
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp (10 Minutes)Recipe card
  • Recipe Reviews

I’m convinced garlic butter is the shortcut to making any dinner better (see my garlic butter chicken or buttery baked tilapia for proof!). My garlic butter shrimp recipe is just one more reason to love it. Not only does it create instant flavor for those juicy little shrimp, but this dish also cooks so fast. It’s like my sauteed shrimp, but with extra richness.

Why You’ll Love My Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

  • Juicy, tender shrimp – I’d never settle for a tough, rubbery texture, so I use my standard cook time for the perfectly juicy shrimp. Plus, the aromatics and butter lock in the flavor while keeping your shrimp tender.
  • Rich lemon garlic butter sauce – This sauce tastes so luxurious, but comes together fast and easy. You might find yourself putting it on other proteins, too. 😉 (I use a similar method for my pan seared scallops.)
  • Just 7 simple ingredients – You might think that restaurant-worthy shrimp need a lot of ingredients, but the opposite is true. Most of these are staples in my kitchen!
  • Ready in 10 minutes – Yes, you read that right! There’s a reason I keep this garlic butter shrimp on rotation for nights when I want a seafood dinner in a flash. And so should you.
  • Versatile – I usually serve it as a main dish for weeknights, but you can also offer this to guests as an appetizer!
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Ingredients & Substitutions

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for my garlic butter shrimp recipe, what each one does, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Shrimp – My cook times below assume you have large shrimp, which is typically labeled 31/40 at the store. You can make this recipe using other sizes, but the cook time will vary very slightly, just by a minute or two. Make sure your shrimp are raw, not pre-cooked; otherwise they’ll end up over-cooked. Peel and devein them (or buy already peeled and deveined ones like I do), but leave the tails on.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter, so you can control the salt in this dish. Ghee or butter alternatives work okay if you’re sensitive to lactose.
  • Lemon Juice – I almost always make my garlic butter shrimp with fresh lemon juice, as it’s such a big component, but you can also use bottled for convenience.
  • Garlic – Use fresh for best flavor or 2 teaspoons of jarred for convenience. In a pinch, you could substitute the fresh minced garlic with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, but the intensity isn’t really the same.
  • Fresh Parsley – I usually use curly parsley, but you can use curly or flat leaf parsley. Other light herbs, such as dill or chives, would also work well.
  • SpicesRed pepper flakes, sea salt, and black pepper. Feel free to add other spices if you like, such as paprika or even Italian seasoning.
  • Olive Oil – Because butter is not great for high-heat cooking, I prefer not to saute the shrimp in garlic butter the entire time, but instead saute in olive oil first and add the butter only toward the end. Avocado oil is also great for sauteing.
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How To Make Garlic Butter Shrimp

This section shows step-by-step photos together with the instructions, to help you visualize the recipe. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Make the garlic butter. In a small bowl, mash together the butter, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Season the shrimp. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with the salt and pepper. (You can add other spices here if you like!)
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  1. Sauté the shrimp on one side. Heat the oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for a couple of minutes. It should start to turn a little pink, but won’t be completely opaque.
  2. Flip and add garlic butter. Cook the shrimp on the other side, basting with the butter as it melts, until opaque.
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  1. Enjoy! Season the garlic butter shrimp with more salt and pepper if it needs it. I like to serve mine with the garlic butter sauce from the pan, lemon wedges, and chopped parsley.
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My Recipe Tips

  • Get shrimp with tails on if you can. Cooking them with the tails gives them more flavor! You can always remove them for serving, if you plan to toss the shrimp with pasta or just want to eat them with a fork.
  • Don’t worry if the lemon juice does not fully incorporate into the butter. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’ve never noticed any difference in the final dish. The butter will melt later on, anyway.
  • Make variations by using different compound butter combos. The first step in my garlic butter shrimp recipe is similar to how I make compound butter, except with fresh lemon juice added. You could totally use other compound butter flavors by changing up the herbs or adding spices. But don’t leave out the lemon!
  • Don’t move the shrimp around while cooking. I think this dish tastes best when the shrimp gets a little browning, and moving it around prevents this.
  • Add the garlic butter in small pieces. I like to dot them evenly over the shrimp, because the flavor distributes more evenly compared to just letting it melt from one piece.
  • Be careful not to overcook. Shrimp cooks very fast, and becomes rubbery fast, too. Just a couple of minutes per side is all you need. By the time I arrange all the shrimp in the pan, it’s usually already time to flip the first ones!

Storage Instructions

  • Store: Keep garlic butter shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. I like to use leftovers to make creamy shrimp salad or my lighter shrimp avocado salad, so that I don’t have to reheat.
  • Reheat: Shrimp overcooks easily when reheating, but if you need to, do it in a hot skillet for just a couple of minutes, with some additional garlic butter if possible. I don’t recommend using the microwave, as it becomes rubbery.
  • Freeze: Let the shrimp cool to room temperature first. I always arrange it in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze for at least 20 minutes first, to prevent sticking together. Then you can transfer to a zip lock bag and place back into the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
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Serving Suggestions

There are so many sides you can pair with my butter garlic shrimp! Here are some easy options for you:

  • Veggies – Since this recipe takes just 10 minutes, I choose quick veggie sides like sauteed kale or sauteed broccoli most often. If you’re in the mood for roasted asparagus or roasted zucchini, or want to get fancy with my smashed brussels sprouts, start your side before the shrimp so it’s all done at the same time.
  • Noodles – My favorite way to serve this juicy garlic butter shrimp is over some zucchini noodles or baked spaghetti squash (though I’ve done microwave spaghetti squash when I’m in a hurry). You could serve it over your favorite pasta, too. And let me just say, if you’re serving the shrimp over noodles, you won’t ever regret doubling the amount of garlic butter to have some extra sauce. 😉
  • Rice – A simple side of white or brown rice makes a classic choice. If you prefer a lighter side like me, try cauliflower rice.
  • Salad – Although you could add this shrimp over a salad for a quick and easy lunch, I like to serve a side salad, such as my asparagus salad or my daughter’s favorite kale salad.

More Easy Shrimp Recipes

If you like this garlic butter shrimp recipe, you might like some of these other ways I make it:

My Favorite Skillet For This Recipe

I use this cast iron skillet, because it heats up so well and creates that perfect sear! Any medium to large skillet will work, but you may want to use medium-high heat if your pan doesn’t conduct heat as well as my cast iron does.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp (10 Minutes)

This easy garlic butter shrimp recipe combines juicy shrimp with a simple lemon garlic butter sauce. Make it for dinner in just 10 minutes!

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Total: 10 minutes

Author: Maya Krampf from

Servings: 4 (adjust to scale recipe)

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  1. In a small bowl, mash together the butter, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. (The lemon juice may not fully incorporate, which is fine.) Set aside.

  2. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season all over with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat olive oil in a medium cast iron skillet over medium heat, until shimmering. Keep the garlic herb butter nearby.

  4. Add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook, without moving, for 1-2 minutes, until browned on the bottom.

  5. Flip the shrimp and immediately add the garlic herb butter to the pan around the shrimp in pieces. Sear the shrimp for 1-2 more minutes, basting them with the butter occasionally, until the butter melts and the shrimp is opaque.

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Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/4 lb shrimp, or 1/4 entire recipe

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.




Total Carbs2.5g

Net Carbs2.3g



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Course:Main Course


Keywords:garlic butter shrimp, garlic butter shrimp recipe, lemon garlic butter shrimp, lemon garlic shrimp

Calories: 219 kcal

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Is it better to cook shrimp in butter or olive oil? ›

The answer is both. Kendra likes to sear shrimp in olive oil, then add butter at the end, spooning it over the shrimp (a.k.a. basting) as the butter melts. Heat a stainless-steel or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

How many minutes should I cook shrimp? ›

Don't overcook the shrimp!

Overcooked shrimp can have a tough and rubbery texture, which you do not want. Shrimp takes only about 4-6 minutes total, and 2-3 minutes on each side to cook. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp, but just keep an eye. Especially on smaller shrimp!

How many calories are in garlic butter shrimp? ›

Is Garlic Butter Shrimp Healthy? This garlic butter shrimp recipe is healthier than most with less than 200 calories per serving. However, remember this IS a recipe for shrimp bathed in 3 tablespoons of butter. Enjoy in moderation and savor.

What makes shrimp taste better? ›

Start With a Dry Brine, No Matter How You're Cooking

Before we dive into the details, there's one technique that we've found improves all shrimp, regardless of cooking method: a quick dry brine with salt and baking soda.

Does shrimp get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Shrimp cook real quickly and overcooking them is a common mistake to occur. Hence, overcooked shrimp can become rubbery in texture and lose their natural sweetness. The solution here is to keep a close eye on your shrimp while cooking. Remember that they are done when they turn pink and opaque.

Can you eat slightly undercooked shrimp? ›

The Risks of Consuming Undercooked Shrimp Undercooked shrimp may contain harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can lead to foodborne illnesses. These can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, even hospitalization.

Is Costco garlic butter shrimp good? ›

💁🏼‍♀️I absolutely love the strong garlic and butter flavor, it's delicious on the shrimp and makes a very tasty pasta sauce. The texture of the shrimp was a bit chewy and rubbery but I think that's because I overcooked them. The flavor of the shrimp was worth the slightly tough texture of the shrimp.

How do you cook Kirkland garlic butter shrimp? ›

Add Kirkland Signature™ Garlic Butter Shrimp to pan. Cook shrimp for 8 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F and sauce is fully melted. Allow shrimp to sit in the skillet for a few minutes to slightly cool.

Is garlic shrimp good for you? ›

Oh and if you're eating out, watch out for not-so-healthy shrimp options: tempura shrimp, popcorn shrimp, and garlic butter shrimp, according to Shapiro. “I would avoid any type of fried shrimp as it adds a lot of unhealthy fat to a lean protein and is often dipped in high-fat sauces,” she says.

Is buttered shrimp good for diet? ›

Shrimp can be a nutritious choice, but it often comes down to preparation. Like other proteins, if shrimp are battered and fried or swimming in a pool of butter, they might do more harm than good for your health. However, shrimp that have been grilled, poached, steamed or baked are often a healthier choice.

Is garlic shrimp high in cholesterol? ›

Shrimp are notably high in cholesterol. You'll take in about 130 milligrams if you eat 12 large shrimp. But at only 2 grams of fat, shrimp are plump with B vitamins, protein, and the nutrients selenium and zinc.

What is the best oil to cook shrimp in? ›

Deep fry shrimp by preheating (canola, vegetable, or peanut) oil to 375 degrees F. Carefully place a small amount of breaded or battered shrimp in cooker. Fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes, depending on size of shrimp, until golden brown outside and opaque in the center.

What's the best oil to fry shrimp in? ›

What Kind of Oil is Best for Fried Shrimp? Peanut Oil is the best. It has a high smoke point and provides great flavor for deep frying. Vegetable Oil or canola oil also works well.

Should I use olive oil or butter instead of vegetable oil? ›

Olive oil is an extremely versatile type of cooking oil and can be used for anything from baking to frying to sautéing. When recipes call for the use of either butter or any other type of refined oil, such as vegetable oil, we highly recommend substituting this for olive oil instead.

Is olive oil better than butter for fried egg? ›

Butter certainly works for fried eggs, but oil is the fat of choice for cooks who want a runny yolk with a satisfying crispy white. Extra-virgin olive oil is most popular, and yields a satisfyingly crunchy bottom that will soak up luscious flavor.


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