Brown Butter Garlic Shrimp Recipe


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Garlic Shrimp makes an easy, yet fabulous quick-fix dish. So versatile, this brown butter garlic shrimp recipe is perfect atop pasta or cheesy grits!

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I know nearly a week has passed since time changed to daylight savings time, but gracious, it has thrown me for a loop! In the mornings, when the alarm goes off, I find myself looking out the window at the still black sky and just tapping the snooze button, pulling the covers a bit higher around my shoulders and rolling over for another 15 minutes.

Believe me. That’s not a good thing. It really puts my whole day off kilter.

Then, in the afternoons, Bart will walk the door from work while we’re still in the middle of a science experiment, math lessons or researching parts of Georgia History. I always wonder why in the world he’s home early, thinking it must just be 4 o’clock or so and then look at the clock and realize it is nearly 6.

That one hour change throws me all out of whack!

Please say I’m not the only one.

That’s generally when I start scrambling trying to think what in the world I can make for supper that everyone will love.

Garlic shrimp always fits the bill and I love that I can have it ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes. Win/Win/Win.

The thing about garlic shrimp is that it is so versatile.

Need a quick, but filling appetizer? Garlic shrimp.

Need a great topping for pasta, grits, quinoa, or even polenta for supper? Garlic shrimp.

Looking for a low-carb option when entertaining? Garlic shrimp.

Oversleep in the mornings and your out of sorts for the rest of the day? Garlic shrimp.

It just solves so many of the worlds problems.

Here’s my Brown Butter Garlic Shrimp recipe. I hope it helps you make it through those rough days as well as it does me.

Brown Butter Garlic Shrimp Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Garlic Shrimp makes an easy, yet fabulous quick-fix favorite dish. So versatile, this brown butter garlic shrimp recipe can be used to top pasta or a bowl of cheesy grits!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 -6


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • Melt butter to a large skillet over medium heat. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam as it transitions from a bright, lemon-yellow color to golden and then finally to a nutty-brown color. As the butter just begins to turn nutty-brown from golden, reduce your heat to medium-low and carefully toss in your garlic and onion. Cook until the onion just begins to become tender and then add in your shrimp. Stirring frequently, cook until the shrimp turn pink and lose their translucence.
  • Stir in salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and fresh parsley. Toss shrimp to make sure all are well-coated. Remove from heat and serve.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 601mg | Sodium: 2156mg | Potassium: 230mg | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 346mg | Iron: 5.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo




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  1. Milo says:

    I’m a great cook but not too good cleaning up my ness. but after trying your brown butter garlic shrimp, and getting all the raves of how great it was. I managed to talk one of my guest to do the dishes afterwards, if I would given them the receipt.

    Thank you so much

  2. Charity Suzuki says:

    5 stars
    Made this over the weekend for a seafood feast we had with friends. It was a big hit!! I used shallots because i didn’t have sweet onion on hand and it was delicious!

  3. Barbara Shoffner says:

    What kind of,sweet onion? Purple, white, or brown?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I used a Vidalia (white), but you can use whatever you have available to you.

  4. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    Tried it loved it!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks, Sharon.

  5. allie@ThroughHerLookingGlass says:

    5 stars
    You’re not the only one. Definitely dragging here too. Looks fabulous. Love shrimp and quick, flavorful dinners. Score! (and pinned!)

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much for helping me to know I’m not the only one! (And thanks for the pin!)

  6. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Yum! I’m super impressed this only take 20 minutes to make!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Easy peasy. That’s my kind of meal! 🙂

  7. Gaby says:

    I am drooling over these shrimp! Delicious!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Gaby!

  8. Edith says:

    In my comment I meant Nutritional Facts, not ingredients.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Edith,
      I’ve updated this recipe to include Nutritional Information. The information is based on the exact ingredients and amounts used in the recipe. Thanks!

  9. Jodee says:

    5 stars
    My daughter wanted shrimp the entire time she was pregnant. The baby is now 3 weeks old. This fits perfectly!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Congratulations! I know you are definitely loving on that new grandbaby!

  10. Edith Cayton says:

    5 stars
    How do I get the ingredients for you recipes?