Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lemon Garlic Shrimp + Recipe Video

Lemon garlic shrimp is bursting with flavor, truly better than any restaurant. A one-skillet meal, made in just 20 minutes!

Lemon garlic shrimp

A silky lemon butter sauce is served over these succulent shrimp, cooked just right. Perfect for serving on a bed of steamed vegetables, rice or pasta.

Summer is the perfect time for cooking with seafood. And, shrimp is one of our favorite types of seafood. If you haven't had a chance yet, here are a few more of my favorites that you can try.

This Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a quick and easy recipe that uses juicy shrimp and crisp-tender veggies in a Parmesan Cajun Sauce.

Or, my One-Pot Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta is the stuff that dreams are made of. And, it's all made in one pan.

This Honey Garlic Shrimp is an easy dinner recipe that uses 5 simple ingredients and can be made in about 5 minutes.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp - Recipe Notes

  • Cleaning the shrimp - If you buy your shrimp already cleaned and deveined, you will save yourself quite a bit of time. Or, here are instructions on how to devein shrimp.
  • Garnish - For the best possible taste, use fresh lemon and fresh garlic. You won't believe how much better the flavor is. You can garnish with fresh parsley and a lemon wedge for presentation.
  • Seafood options -  For a slightly different flavor, you can do half shrimp and half bay scallops.
  • Prep ahead - This recipe cooks so quickly, you want to make sure you prep the ingredients before you turn on the stove. Trust me on this one!
Watch our lemon shrimp recipe video So, to see exactly how we make this delicious Lemon Garlic Shrimp, check out the recipe video at the top of the page. You won't believe how easy this lemon shrimp recipe is to make.

Frequently asked questions

What tastes good with shrimp? If you're looking for a side dish to serve with the Lemon Garlic Shrimp, a fresh garden salad is always a perfect option. Or, garlic shrimp and asparagus is one of our favorite combinations.

Why not try a fresh broccoli salad, or even grilled fruit and vegetable kabobs. My Best Ever Broccoli Salad is a simple recipe that is bursting with flavor.

Why does my shrimp taste rubbery? If your shrimp have turned out rubbery, chances are that you have overcooked them. It's very important that you cook them only until done for the very best taste and texture.

Your cooked shrimp should have just curled into a C shape. If they are straight, they are not done yet. If they form an O, they are overcooked.


How to reheat cooked shrimp If you need to reheat cooked shrimp, the best way to do this is right in the frying pan. Just preheat the pan over medium heat.

Then, add the Lemon Garlic Shrimp and heat slowly for two or three minutes until it is warmed through. Or, you could also try a steamer if you prefer if you only have shrimp to reheat.

Remember, it's important not to overcook it. You should only need two or three minutes to reheat this lemon shrimp.

Cooked shrimp does not reheat well in the microwave. The end results are almost always rubbery.

Tools for making Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  • Large Skillet- I have had this pan since 2006. It is my go-to large skillet. It heats evenly and quickly. The stainless steel cleans up beautifully with a little baking soda so they still look brand new.
Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe variations
  • For Honey Garlic Shrimp, add a bit of honey to the pan while you cook the shrimp.
  • Garlic basil shrimp is a delicious variation. You only need to add a bit of fresh basil.
  • You can add hot pepper flakes if you prefer a spicier dish.
  • Add onions and mushrooms to the shrimp while cooking. 
  • Or, why not try garlic cilantro shrimp by adding fresh cilantro to the pan.
Storing leftovers If you have leftovers of this Lemon Garlic Shrimp, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use them within three days. Or, to extend the life longer than three days, you can freeze the leftovers in a freezer-safe container for 10 to 12 months.


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See how easy this Lemon Garlic Shrimp is to make. Watch the video!!!

Yield: SERVES 6

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Lemon garlic shrimp is bursting with flavor, truly better than any restaurant. A one-skillet meal, made in just 20 minutes!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided


  1. Prep ingredients before you begin cooking. Do not skip this step.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter.
  3. Add garlic to the skillet and cook about 1 minute.
  4. Add shrimp, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute without stirring. Continue cooking until shrimp begin turning pink (about 2-3 minutes).
  5. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside in a bowl. (They will be returned to the skillet to continue cooking).
  6. Add lemon juice to skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  7. Add remaining butter and cook until melted. Add 1/2 of parsley. Stir to combine. Add shrimp back into the pan. Stir to combine. Cook until shrimp are opaque, about 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Top with remaining parsley and serve with a lemon wedge if desired.
  9. Serve over pasta or steamed vegetables and enjoy!

Originally published May 2015, updated and republished July 2020.


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  1. Shrimp is plentiful here on the AL/FL Gulf Coast and I will definitely be trying this. Thanks!


  2. I've been looking for a simple shrimp recipe like this. Thanks so much

  3. Sounds so delicious!! Pinned it!

  4. I would LOVE to make my lemon chicken or broccoli beef in this pan. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  5. I have made this before and it's delicious :) I'm also in the Phoenix area, what is the name of the store your husband got the shrimp from? I'd like to buy some good shrimp.

  6. This looks delicious! Did you find that you needed some sort of sauce to serve with the pasta? Or is it enough as it is?

  7. Here is another great recipe. Made it and served it with pasta and Alfredo sauce. Lucky to live on the Texas Gulf Coast where we can get seafood as it comes off the boat. Thanks for all of the great recipes! Love seeing them on FB. http://www.centercutcook.com/parmesan-roasted-shrimp/

  8. Nice recipe. Too bad it had a lengthy commercial in the middle of it.

  9. It was tonight's dinner. Delicious.

  10. Could you tell me the nutrition info in this dish? Thank you

  11. That looks delicious and very easy to make.

    I think I'll try it but serve the shrimp on soft tacos with some roasted peppers. Should be lovely :) Thanks!!

  12. I used the sauce for some Lobster Ravioli that I bought. It was delicious, very light and tangy served with a tossed salad and a nice glass of wine!

  13. Should the sauce be thickened somehow?

  14. Can olive oil be substituted for the butter? I cannot eat dairy.

  15. Where is the video? I'm using a desktop computer to view this web page that says there is a video to watch, but there is no video anywhere.


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