Lemon Garlic Shrimp + Video

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp is bursting with flavor, truly better than any restaurant. Featuring an irresistible butter sauce, skillet garlic lemon shrimp is ready in just 20 minutes!

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Summer is the perfect time for cooking with seafood — and shrimp is one of our favorite types!

Beneath tender lemon butter garlic shrimp is a silky sauce that makes this dish perfect over a bed of steamed vegetables, rice, or pasta.

Recipe Video

To see us make this lemon garlic shrimp recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

There are so many ways to prepare shrimp, from Cajun pasta and tacos to skewers on the smoker!

You can even make a hot party dip with this versatile shellfish, perfect for a holiday or game day appetizer.

ingredients to make skillet lemon garlic shrimp

Tips for Making Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp

  • Cut down on prep time.

If you buy your shrimp already cleaned and deveined, you will save yourself quite a bit of time.

Otherwise, you will need to clean, peel, and devein shrimp yourself before making this lemon garlic shrimp recipe.

  • Use the freshest ingredients.

You won’t believe how much better the flavor is when you use freshly squeezed lemon juice and chop whole garlic cloves yourself!

Garnish with fresh parsley and a lemon wedge for a restaurant-quality presentation.

  • Swap in other seafood!

For a slightly different flavor, you can substitute half of the shrimp with bay scallops instead.

Prepare the recipe for lemon butter garlic shrimp the same as directed — no adjustments needed.

adding raw shrimp to skillet with melted butter

Flavor and Recipe Variations to Try

It’s so easy to customize garlic lemon shrimp recipes depending on what you’re in the mood for or any ingredients you have on hand.

Plus, you can keep garlic lemon shrimp in rotation without getting tired of it!

  • Add a bit of honey to the pan while you cook the shrimp.
  • Include chopped fresh basil or sage in the butter sauce.
  • Create a spicier dish with a dash of red pepper flakes.
  • Saute onions and mushrooms in the pan before adding the shrimp. 
  • Brighten lemon garlic shrimp with herbaceous cilantro as a garnish.
cooking shrimp in a stainless steel skillet

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe FAQ

What goes well with shrimp?

Honestly, just about everything! Pasta and rice are popular sides for garlic lemon shrimp recipes, but a fresh garden salad is lovely too.

We love a side of grilled asparagus or broccoli salad, though grilled fruit and vegetable kabobs are just as tasty — and kid-friendly!

How long does it take to cook shrimp in a pan?

Shrimp only needs about a few minutes on the stovetop. Aim for 1-2 minutes per side for searing, or about 3-4 minutes total if you’ll be stirring in a sauce.

Cooked shrimp should have just curled into a C shape. Looser than that, they are not done yet. If they form a tight O, they are overcooked.

Can I use frozen shrimp instead of fresh?

Absolutely! Just be sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, then rinse and pat fry before making lemon garlic shrimp.

closeup: shrimp coated in lemon butter sauce

Storing and Reheating Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Transfer cooled leftovers (including sauce) to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for 2 to 3 months.

Reheat lemon garlic shrimp back on the stovetop until warmed through. Avoid microwaving, as this will make the shrimps rubbery.

And if frozen, be sure to let it thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

adding shrimp to skillet with butter herb sauce

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pile of shrimp with lemon garlic sauce and herbs

lemon garlic shrimp on plate

Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp (20 Minute Recipe) + Video

Donna Elick
Lemon Garlic Shrimp is ready in just 20 minutes for an easy weeknight meal. Garlic lemon shrimp recipes are perfect any time of year!
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Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 6


  • 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


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



Serving: 1 | Calories: 219cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2015, updated and republished September 2023

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


    1. I’m on the Texas side ๐Ÿ˜€.I’m a visual learner but her videos with the arrow on the left only play ads๐Ÿ˜ .I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong but this recipe seems pretty straightforward. ENJOY!!!

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

  3. I have made this before and it's delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

    1. Don’t count on her replying. I don’t think she even reads the comments, just seems content to have people view her recipes ๐Ÿ˜ 

  4. 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?

    1. Anonymous, the nutritional information is posyed at the end of the recipe. It’s there at the end of each recipe.

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. I’m using my cellphone. There’s a video but all it plays is an ad! Happens regularly with her videos when the play tab is on the middle left. I have a sneaky suspicion she’s only interested in the clicks. You’re not missing anything. The only reason I follow her is bcause she as some awesome recipes.

  8. 5 stars
    Lemon and Garlic prove how something so simple can taste so amazing. You did it again Donna! I love these shrimp, it might be my new default recipe.

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