20 Minute Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp
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 Shrimp, Teriyaki 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!
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.
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.
Watch How to Make Garlic Butter Shrimp:
20 Minute Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (with video)
- 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
- 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).
- In a large skillet, spread half of the butter paste. Then arrange the shrimp in one layer on top.
- Spread the rest of the butter paste evenly on top of the shrimp, squeezing between your thumb and forefinger.
- Place skillet on medium heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
- Remove from heat and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top to taste. Serve and enjoy!
- 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.
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Looking for more easy shrimp recipes?
- Bang Bang Shrimp
- Coconut Shrimp
- Shrimp Lo Mein
- Shrimp Chow Mein
- Pad Thai
- Shrimp Fajitas
- Blackened Shrimp
- Easy Shrimp Boil
- Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice
- Easy Teriyaki Shrimp
Editor note: Post originally published 9/29/2017 and updated 1/30/2018 with additional details
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