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Succulent shrimp tossed in a rich blend of melted butter, abundant garlic and fresh lemon juice, Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp may be the ultimate 20-minute meal.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with lemon slices in a cast iron skillet

With just 6 simple ingredients, this flavorful, juicy shrimp not only makes an easy weeknight meal, but a welcome appetizer for your next dinner party or game day get-together.

Ingredients You Need to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Ingredients on a white marble board
  • Shrimp: Medium or large raw shrimp (fresh or thawed frozen shrimp) that are peeled and deveined, ideally shrimp with tails.
  • Butter: salted or unsalted butter
  • Olive Oil: ideally good, extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh Garlic: Look for a firm, fresh head of garlic with large cloves and smooth skin.
  • Lemon: Ideally organic as you’ll need both juice and zest.
  • Parsley: Fresh, flat leaf parsley (Italian parsley) – dried parsley is not a good substitute in this dish.
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Fast, easy and tasty — that’s how I would describe shrimp. It cooks in minutes and lends itself to a wide variety of flavor combinations. Here sweet, tender shrimp is pan fried and bathed in a bright, aromatic, lemon garlic butter sauce. A truly restaurant-quality meal on your dinner table in less than half an hour. Serve it with bread, pasta (see this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe) or rice because you won’t want to miss a drop of the rich, silky sauce.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with lemon slices in a cast iron skillet

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How to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Step 1: In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil until sizzling. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp is just cooked through.

Step 2: Add fresh lemon juice and zest, and parsley; stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to platter and serve.

adding parsley and lemon zest to shrimp in skillet

Recipe Video

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

4.89 from 9 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 266
Servings: 4 people
Succulent shrimp in a buttery, bright lemon garlic butter sauce!

Ingredients  

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined, leave tails intact if desired
  • 1 large lemon juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in fresh lemon juice and zest, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl or platter and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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24 Comments

  1. Rhonda Scott says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely Delicious. I added a small splash of white wine & the flavors were amazing. Quick and delicious. Thank you!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      My pleasure, Rhonda! I’m so glad you enjoyed this and added your own touch.

  2. Buffy says:

    5 stars
    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I used almost every shortcut in the book and this is WONDERFUL!!! I had some frozen shrimp that a neighbor gave me when moving… dehydrated parsley… reconstituted lemon juice and lemon essential oil… minced garlic in a jar… and it was AMAZING!!!
    looking forward to making it old school with fresh ingredients!!!!!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      haha, wow! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Buffy!