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