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garlic butter shrimp cooked in skillet
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5 from 7 votes

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This lemon garlic shrimp is perfect dinner recipe that can be served in less than 15 minutes. Perfect for busy days when you are aiming to make fast and easy dinner. And the buttery lemon garlic sauce is sensational.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 242kcal


  • 1 ¾ lbs large or extra large shrimps (or prawns) peeled and deveined
  • 2+ 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped/minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon water (if needed) can use 2 tablespoon dry white wine instead
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  • Clean and de-vein shrimps if they aren’t already cleaned. Leave the tail on if you prefer (it looks pretty). Rinse shrimp under running tap. Pat the shrimps dry.
  • Melt butter in hot skillet. Add olive oil along with butter.
  • Saute finely minced garlic in butter-olive oil mix. I always prefer to saute garlic in oil, as it releases all it’s wonderful flavors into the oil. Do not brown garlic. Simply saute until garlic is fragrant. Alternatively – use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.
  • Add cleaned shrimps to the pan.
  • Add all seasonings now – salt, freshly pound (or crushed) pepper, and red chili flakes. If using garlic powder, add it at this stage.
  • Stir to coat the seasoning even.
  • Let it cook on for about 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp is bright reddish or pink in color.
  • Flip and cook shrimps for 2 minutes until it just begins to turn pink.
  • Add butter and lemon juice. Cook while stirring until butter melts and shrimp is cooked through.
  • 1Remove pan from stove. DO NOT over cook shrimps. You want to keep shrimp delicate, juicy not rubbery and gummy.
  • 1Check for seasoning. Adjust salt and pepper if it needs extra seasoning.
  • 1Garnish with loads of fresh finely chopped parsley.
  • 1Serve saucy shrimp with pasta or over a bed of rice.



  1. Use extra butter for rich saucy shrimps.
  2. Leave tail on or off as per your personal choice.
  3. Do not over cook shrimps.
  4. A dash of white wine added to the skillet in the end gives extra flavor and taste - optional step.
  5. For extra heat/spice add red chili flakes. The quantity used isn't going to make the dish spicy, it's spice levels most people can handle. In case you are worried, omit red chili flakes.
  6. You can substitute red chili flakes with other seasoning like Italian, Cajun or Jerk seasoning.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 502mg | Sodium: 1554mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 4mg