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Lemony Garlic Butter Shrimp

Bright, fresh Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp may be the fastest thing you can make for dinner. Take just a few minutes to prep fresh lemon juice, parsley, and garlic and the shrimp cooks in less than 10 minutes. Great on its own or over pasta, rice, or another grain.
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Main Dish
Keyword: easy dinner, shrimp recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $11.00


  • Skillet or Wok
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 1 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika (sub regular paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley (flat or curly leaf)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice


  • In a mixing bowl, stir together shrimp, olive oil, garlic, paprika, and salt.
  • Combine melted butter, parsley, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok (use one that is large enough that it can hold all of the shrimp in a single layer) over medium-high heat.
  • Pour shrimp (including the olive oil) into the heated skillet. Spread the shrimp out into a single layer. Let shrimp cook on one side, without stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to flip all of the shrimp to the other side. Pour the butter-parsley-lemon juice mixture over the shrimp and let it simmer for 1 minute.
  • Stir everything together and continue cooking until shrimp is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more (depending on the size of the shrimp).


Skillet or Wok - Any type of skillet you have will work here. A cast iron skillet is great for getting a golden crust. Just make sure that the skillet is large enough to hold all of the shrimp in a single layer so that it cooks evenly. This is also great cooked in a wok because the high sides help the shrimp to cook evenly and quickly. 


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 681IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 3mg