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Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Garlic Butter Shrimp is a simple and flavorful dish that is packed with the perfect combination of shrimp, garlic, and butter. Pair this with your favorite side dish recipe for a complete meal.

white serving bowl with garlic and butter shrimp next to cloth napkin, white plates, and small bowl with parsley.

It is summer and here in Florida, that means only one thing…Hot, Hot, and Humid Hot.

The weather is so hot that the clouds roll in to give us a little break in the form of a summer shower to cool things off before returning back to being hot again. Times like this make it extremely difficult to be in the kitchen over a hot stove for any period. So in my house, during this time of year, we opt to either grill outside or eat much lighter fare.

The lighter fare usually includes seafood, especially shrimp, because it can be prepared quickly and in so many ways. I also love that shrimp can go from being completely frozen to done in less than an hour. This makes it perfect for those times when you forget to take the meat out to thaw earlier that day.

Plus the recipe possibilities for shrimp are endless, you can toss them in a salad, serve them with your favorite side dish, or have them on their own. There are so many flavor combinations that you can come up with as well.

Today I will be sharing a Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe that can be made from start to finish in less than 20 minutes with few ingredients. You may also already have most, if not all, of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

One ‘big’ tip that I have for you is to opt for a higher quality butter such as a grass-fed butter for this recipe. It will really make a difference. You will also want to make sure that you use unsalted butter as well since you will be adding salt to the recipe along with the chicken broth.

What ingredients do I need for garlic and butter shrimp?

ingredients for garlic shrimp in small bowls and containers.

  1. Shrimp
  2. Butter
  3. Garlic
  4. Chicken broth
  5. Lemon juice 
  6. Salt 
  7. Ground black pepper
  8. Fresh parsley 

How to make garlic buttered shrimp:

In a large skillet, melt some of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook until no longer pink 2 to 3 minutes and set aside.

cooked shrimp with garlic and butter in skillet

To the same skillet, add in the garlic stirring frequently until fragrant. Stir in the chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer. Stir in the remaining tablespoons of butter until melted and smooth.

large skillet with butter sauce for shrimp in it.

Add the shrimp and gently toss to coat in the butter garlic mixture. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately while still warm. 

white plate with garlic butter shrimp, lemon, and bread on it.

Tips to make the best garlic and butter shrimp recipe:

  • Be sure not to overcook the shrimp. Once they begin to turn light pink and are no longer translucent, remove from the pan and finish cooking with the garlic butter sauce. 
  • You may add additional salt and ground black pepper as needed to your preference. 
  • Use fresh garlic or the jar version. However, fresh garlic is the best and most flavorful. 
  • Serve over pasta, with crusty bread, or your favorite vegetable on the side. 
overhead view garlic butter shrimp in white serving bowl with bread and lemon wedges

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Garlic Butter Shrimp is a simple and flavorful dish that is packed with the perfect combination of shrimp, garlic, and butter. Pair this with your favorite side dish recipe for a complete meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter shrimp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 377kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • juice on 1 lemon
  • fresh parsley, optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the 1 1/2 pounds shrimp and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cook until no longer pink 2 to 3 minutes and set aside.
  • To the same skillet, add in the 5 cloves of minced garlic, stirring frequently until fragrant.
  • Stir in the 1/4 cup chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter until melted and smooth.
  • Add the shrimp and gently toss to coat evenly in the butter garlic mixture.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately with your favorite side dish or salad.

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Notes

  • Be sure not to overcook the shrimp. Once they begin to turn light pink and are no longer translucent, remove from the pan and finish cooking with the garlic butter sauce. 
  • You may add additional salt and ground black pepper as needed to your preference. 
  • Use fresh garlic or the jar version. However, fresh garlic is the best and most flavorful. 
  • Serve over pasta, with crusty bread, or your favorite vegetable on the side. 

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 489mg | Sodium: 1670mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 4mg
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hand holding piece of bread with shrimp on it.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Patricia
    August 2, 2020 at 1:57 PM

    Hi. Will it work the same with vegetable or fish broth?
    Thank you😉

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 2, 2020 at 2:24 PM

      Hi Patricia! Yes, it will work well with vegetable broth or fish/seafood broth. I just always seem to have chicken broth on hand.

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