The Best Buttery Garlic Lemon Shrimp Recipe

garlic lemon shrimp


  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Cooking Method: Cooking


  • 13/4pounds/ 800 grams/ 28 ounce shrimp (or prawns), cleaned, peeled, and deveined, tails intact
  • 1/2teaspoon seafood and fish seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, lemon, and bay salt (or all-purpose seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup/ around 1.50 ounce / 42.52 grams butter, divided (it will be consumed step by step)
  • 1teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1tablespoon red pepper paste (optional)
  • 2tablespoons juice of half a lemon (add more if desired)
  • 1teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes more or less if you like/don't like spicy (optional)
  • lemon slices(for garnishing)
  • freshly chopped parsley(for garnishing)

Are you looking for an easy weeknight meal? Fresh, buttery garlic lemon shrimp is just what you need. People love garlic lemon shrimp and it is an easy recipe for a weeknight meal. Whether you want to serve it as an appetizer for a crowd or as a meal for your family, this recipe is perfect.

You will love this recipe because it’s ready in less than 10 minutes with only a few ingredients. You can serve it with rice or on top of a salad. For your garlic lemon shrimp, you should start by seasoning the shrimp, you can use some seafood and fish seasoning (optional), thyme, lemon, and bay salt or you can just use some all-purpose seasoning. Have some black pepper alongside your lemons and salted butter will suit this dish.


Step 1

Marinate shrimp – First, add a little bit of salt to your shrimp or use seafood and fish seasoning followed by your thyme, lemon, and bay salt instead (optional).

Then add a little black pepper and a little lemon pepper seasoning (or all-purpose seasoning) and mix them up (because both seafood and fish seasoning and thyme lemon and bay salt already have salt in them. It’s better not to add more salt because you don’t want it to be salty, so you can substitute the sea salt for some lemon pepper seasoning. When the shrimp is nicely seasoned right before you get the other ingredients and start creating that delicious garlic lemon shrimp, put the shrimp in the fridge. 

Step 2

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a hot skillet on medium-high heat. That is going to be half of the butter for this recipe. Go ahead and let the butter melt in your pan.

Step 3

Once the butter is melted, you should add all of your shrimp to the skillet. Enjoy the sizzle! It’s going to be done in no time. (You can leave the tails on because it makes the shrimp look so pretty, but it’s not necessary if you don’t want to do so.)

Step 4

Go ahead and add garlic paste as well as red pepper paste (optional). You can add as much or as little red pepper paste as you like, but it will get spicy the more you add. Make sure all the shrimps are coated. It takes about 4 to 5 minutes to cook shrimp completely so watch them closely.

Step 5

When shrimps start turning opaque, you know they are about done and that’s when you can add more butter and lemon juice. Use about 1 tablespoon lemon juice (which on a big lemon half of the lemon is enough but on a small lemon use the whole lemon).

Always use real lemon juice because it adds a bright, nice flavor to the shrimp. And then add the extra 2 tablespoons of butter to make your garlic lemon shrimp sauce. Let the butter melt in.

And you’re almost done!

Step 6

Once the butter’s melted and you have a nice sauce from the lemon juice and the extra butter, you can season with some herbs (optional). We used red pepper flakes and then some parsley. You can use whatever herbs you like. Basil, cilantro, the sky’s the limit.

Step 7

Now you have a beautiful garlic lemon shrimp dish. You can throw in a few lime pieces if you please and serve it with pasta, rice, grits, anything you’d like.

Cooking Notes

Take your shrimp out 10 to 15 minutes before putting it in the pan, then rinse them – One big mistake that many people make is that they put fridge cold shrimp into their pan, but you should avoid making this mistake.

Make sure your shrimp is completely dry – Another mistake people make is to leave the shrimps wet. After rinsing and draining you should take some paper towel and you should put the shrimp inside the paper towel and press it a little with your fingers to make sure all the moisture is absorbed by the paper towel. You want your shrimp to be super dry.

Use fresh ingredients – the key to having the best garlic lemon shrimp is using fresh ingredients.

Don’t buy cooked prawns – Some people put pink prawn (cooked prawns) in the pot and cook it for four or five minutes and that is an absolute waste don’t do that.


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