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Unforgettable Lemon Garlic Shrimp

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Unforgettable lemon garlic shrimp, and it’s done in just a few minutes. You will not believe how easy it is to make this elegant shrimp dish.

If you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, then this lemon garlic shrimp is it. When I say quick, I mean less than 20 minutes. When I say easy, I mean two simple steps.

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp on pasta. There are two lemon wedges on the side and fresh parsley is sprinkled on top. There is some bread, three forks, and salt and pepper shakers in the background. A lemon wedge is being squeezed over the plate of shrimp.

Cade loves shrimp. Anytime we travel, he has to try a local shrimp dish. And if shrimp is on the menu, Cade is overjoyed! In fact, I let him do all the shrimp cooking in our house.

This dish is light and bright and great for summer or a busy school night!

 

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp?

The list of ingredients for this lemon garlic shrimp is short and sweet:

  • Shrimp
  • Butter
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cooking Wine
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Spaghetti (optional)

We like to serve it on top of some pasta, but that is totally optional.

A glass bowl of shrimp surrounded by small containers of butter, chicken broth,and lemon juice. There are two garlic cloves and a lemon on the table.

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Ok, on to those two simple steps for making this dish:

  • Melt butter in a skillet, add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Flip occasionally until they are pink. Set the shrimp aside.

A skillet of shrimp. A scoop of shrimp is being lifted by a wooden spoon.

  • Add garlic and cook briefly. Add the remaining ingredients (except the parsley) and let it come to a boil. Then reduce the heat and allow it to reduce by half. Stir in the rest of the butter incrementally and add the shrimp back in. Top with fresh parsley.

A close-up of lemon garlic shrimp being scooped up with a wooden spoon. There are three lemon wedges in the shrimp and sprinkles of fresh parsley leaves over all.

I mentioned we like to eat ours with some pasta. I cook it up al dente and hit it with a little olive oil and lemon juice before serving. You can omit the pasta completely or use any pasta you like.

A serving dish of lemon garlic shrimp over pasta. There are lemon wedges on the edge of the plate and the shrimp are sprinkled with fresh parsley. There is a container of oil, three forks, salt and pepper shakers, and two pieces of hard bread in the background.

What Kind of Shrimp Should I Buy?

I head straight back to the butcher counter and ask for raw, peeled and deveined shrimp. This makes cooking it up super simple. I’m not a huge fan of the deveining thing, so I leave that to the professionals (or Cade)!

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp with three lemon wedges and fresh parsley on top. A napkin and salt and pepper shaker are in the background.

Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead of Time?

Unfortunately, no. Shrimp is best served hot and fresh and you also don’t want it overcooked at all.

Can Shrimp Be Reheated?

Shrimp does not reheat well, so eat up! I suppose if you have leftovers, you could eat it cold, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to reheat it. The shrimp will get overcooked and rubbery.

A bowl of lemon garlic shrimp over pasta. there are two lemon wedges on the edge of the bowl and the shrimp is sprinkled with fresh parsley. There are two pieces of torn bread and three forks in the background.

What do The Numbers Mean on Shrimp?

The numbers listed on shrimp refer to how many shrimp are in a pound, which also indicates how big they are. You may think the bigger the better if you’re a shrimp lover, but in fact there are situations when smaller are better like in a dip or salad. For this dish, we chose a 36/40, meaning there are 36 to 40 shrimp in a pound, so they are medium large.

Lemon garlic shrimp over pasta. The shrimp is sprinkled with fresh parsley and there are two lemon wedges on the plate.

Tips for Making Lemon Garlic Shrimp

There are couple of little tricks that I’ve found when making shrimp:

  • Pat the shrimp dry before cooking it. It grabs on to the flavor better and helps it stay tender while cooking.
  • Fresh lemon juice is by far the best for this!

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp over pasta. There are lemon wedges on the plate and three forks, salt and pepper shakers, and a couple of pieces of bread on the table.

What to Eat with Lemon Garlic Shrimp?

We like to have a side of crusty bread like our no knead artisan bread. Then a vegetable side goes great with it too, like roasted garlic veggies, lemon roasted broccoli or grilled lemon pepper asparagus.

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp. There are three lemon wedges on top and fresh parsley is sprinkled over all.

Looking for More Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals?

As a busy family, I am always trying to find meals that come together super quick. A few of our favorites are:

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp. There are three lemon wedges on top of the shrimp and fresh parsley is sprinkled on top. There is a napkin and salt and pepper on the table.

Are Shrimp Good For You?

Yes, shrimp is a healthy food that fits well into most diets. It is low-calorie, low-fat and high protein. Shrimp also has vitamin D and B vitamins in it. It is a great way to add protein to a diet without the higher fat that other proteins contain.

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp. There are three lemon wedges on top of the shrimp and fresh parsley is sprinkled over the dish. There is a blue napkin, three forks and salt and pepper shakers on the table.

How Do You Know When Shrimp Are Cooked?

Shrimp that is properly cooked should have a pink exterior. The flesh should be slightly opaque and a little white in color.

A white dish filled with lemon garlic shrimp. There are three lemon wedges on top of the shrimp and it is all sprinkled with fresh parsley. There is a blue napkin and white salt and pepper shakers in the background.

How Long Will Shrimp Keep?

Raw shrimp can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Cooked shrimp can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

A serving dish of lemon garlic shrimp over pasta sprinkled with fresh parsley. There are two lemon wedges on the plate next to the shrimp. Three forks and a salt and pepper shaker and napkin are on the table next to the plate of shrimp.

 

It’s a happy day around here when shrimp is on the menu! I hope your family loves this lemon garlic shrimp dish as much as we do. You can’t beat it’s simplicity and spectacular flavor! It’s unforgettable!

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A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp. There are three lemon wedges on top and fresh parsley is sprinkled over all.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Unforgettable lemon garlic shrimp, and it's done in just a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Shrimp raw, peeled, deveined
  • 1/2 Cup Butter divided
  • 1/4 Cup Broth Chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon Wine Cooking, White, (or actual wine if you drink it)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley fresh

Instructions

  • Melt 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook, flipping occasionally until pink, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, cooking wine and lemon juice. Boil and then turn to medium low and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time and then add the shrimp back in, followed by parsley and toss to coat. 

Notes

Shrimp will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 490mg163%
Sodium 1585mg69%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 264mg26%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A serving plate of lemon garlic shrimp on pasta. There are two lemon wedges on the side and fresh parsley is sprinkled on top. There is some bread, three forks, and salt and pepper shakers in the background. A lemon wedge is being squeezed over the plate of shrimp.

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