Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp – One of the most unbelievably delicious shrimp recipes. Succulent shrimp baked in garlic and buttery sauce. So Good! Quick and easy dinner recipe. Video recipe. Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp – One of the most unbelievably delicious shrimp recipes. Succulent shrimp baked in garlic and buttery sauce. So Good! Quick and easy dinner recipe. Video recipe. Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp – One of the most unbelievably delicious shrimp recipes. Succulent shrimp baked in garlic and buttery sauce. So Good! Quick and easy dinner recipe. Video recipe.

This easy Garlic Butter Shrimp is a simple 20-minute recipe with tender and succulent shrimp sauté with homemade garlic butter sauce with minced fresh parsley. It’s fabulous as a party appetizer served on toothpicks or as a main course on top of rice or pasta!

Garlic butter shrimp is one of my favorite shrimp recipes along with our Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta, Honey Garlic ShrimpTeriyaki Shrimp and Shrimp Boil Foil Packets. Apart from the mouthwatering flavor and quick preparation, the best thing about this dish is its versatility.

You can make it for movie night, date night or just a casual weeknight dinner. It’s also perfect for a party buffet, so keep it in mind for game day!

This photo shows garlic butter shrimp after cooking in a cast iron skillet

Garlic butter has its origins in France, where it’s called beurre à la bourguignonne and slathered over lobster, shrimp and (for the adventurous) snails or escargots.

How to make Garlic Butter Shrimp

To make it, think about what you want to serve with it. You might want to get some rice or pasta started before you cook the shrimp.

Start by making the garlic butter in a food processor to make a greenish paste. It’s best to use the Italian (broad-leaf) parsley if you can find it. Otherwise, curly parsley will work as an alternative.

This photo shows butter, garlic and parsley in a food processor to make the garlic butter sauce for Garlic Butter Shrimp

Spread half of the garlic butter in a large skillet, and then arrange the shrimp in one layer on top.

The last step before cooking is to smear pieces of garlic butter on top of each shrimp. It’s easiest to do this with your fingers, and keep some paper towel nearby to wipe them off. It’s a simple way to sauté shrimp.

This photo shows garlic butter shrimp served on a bed of rice in a bowl

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20 Minute Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (with video)

One of the most unbelievably delicious shrimp recipes. Succulent shrimp sautéed in a garlic and butter sauce with fresh parsley. So Good! 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 221 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs jumbo raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup parsley Italian parsley recommended
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon sliced into wedges

Instructions

  1. To a food processor, add garlic cloves, parsley and butter. Process it into a paste (you may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula a few times).
  2. In a large skillet, spread half of the butter paste. Then arrange the shrimp in one layer on top.
  3. Spread the rest of the butter paste evenly on top of the shrimp, squeezing between your thumb and forefinger.
  4. Place skillet on medium heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.

  5. Remove from heat and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • You can thaw frozen shrimp quickly by placing them into a large bowl of cold water. After 5 minutes, drain the water and the shrimp will be ready for use.
  • For a lighter variation, substitute olive oil for butter.
Nutrition Facts
20 Minute Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (with video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 316mg 105%
Sodium 885mg 37%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 13.4%
Vitamin C 20.5%
Calcium 17.7%
Iron 15.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Editor note: Post originally published 9/29/2017 and updated 1/30/2018 with additional details

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