An Easy and Delicious Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

Weeknight cooking can be exhausting. There’s so much thinking that needs to happen. Mainly, is there enough time to make this? But this garlic butter shrimp recipe requires almost no planning—all you need to do is pick up shrimp! Meaning, it’s perfect for dinner TONIGHT. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. The whole thing can be yours in 15 minutes or less. And it’s absolutely delicious. Like, mind-boggling so. 

What kind of shrimp should I buy?

We recommend using medium shrimp for this recipe. You should also buy the shrimp peeled and deveined if you can, too. It helps ensure that the dinner process is as quick and easy as possible.

How long do I cook the shrimp?

Shrimp cooks super quickly! It only needs a few minutes. Once it turns pink and opaque, it’s ready to eat. If you cook it for too long, it’ll become rubbery.

How hot should the skillet be?

For this recipe, we’re not looking for a char. A large skillet over medium heat is the way to go. If you’re not able to fit the shrimp in a single layer in your skillet, work in batches to make sure everything cooks evenly. 

Do I need to use wine? 

If you have a leftover bottle of Chardonnay in your fridge, this is the perfect way to use it up. If you don’t have any around, use water or chicken broth instead. Or buy a cheap bottle and use lemon garlic shrimp as your excuse to drink.

Is it spicy?

There’s a little kick from the red pepper flakes, but it’s a spice level that most people can handle. If you prefer everything super-milk, just season it with salt and pepper instead.

Have you made this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below! 

Yields: 4

Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins

Total Time: 0 hours 15 mins

2 tbsp. butter, divided

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

2 tbsp. dry white wine (or water)

Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil. Add shrimp, lemon slices, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes, and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is pink and opaque, about 3 minutes per side.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, lemon juice, and white wine. Season with salt and garnish with parsley before serving.

All credit for this delicious recipe goes to Delish.

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