Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

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Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe – This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! It’s an easy shrimp recipe perfect served with pasta, cheesy grits, or on its own. This garlic butter shrimp is a delicious favorite!

Looking for more easy shrimp recipes? I think you’ll love my Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Creole, and Citrus Shrimp Salad.

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

I love quick and easy recipes like this garlic shrimp. Simple, scrumptious, and sublime.

It is one that I turn to time and again when I need a simple weeknight recipe for supper in a hurry, and I love how versatile it is!

How to Make Easy Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients

For this recipe, you’ll need four ingredients and two highly recommended optional items.

  • Butter – I use salted butter in this dish. You can use unsalted if you prefer.
  • Shrimp – I prefer to use fresh shrimp that has peeled and deveined. You can also use frozen shrimp that has been thawed, rinsed, and well drained.
  • Garlic – this recipe uses the perfect ratio of garlic to shrimp in my opinion. You can adjust to your personal preference.
  • Lemon juice – the lemon juice brightens the dish so much.
  • Red pepper flakes – while optional, I highly recommend them for the added flavor.
  • Parsley – optional, but recommended for the freshness it gives the garlic shrimp.
Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring often, until the shrimp just begins to turn pink.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, lemon juice, remaining butter, red pepper flakes, and parsley. Continue to cook until the shrimp is fully pink and opaque, about 3 minutes.

How to Serve Easy Garlic Shrimp

It is scrumptious served with a side salad, over roasted asparagus, with zucchini ribbons, cooked pasta, or even on top of a bowl of warm, cheesy grits!

But you guys, it is pretty amazing just right on its own! It is one of those dishes that I have to be sure not to let myself have more than one as I taste test before serving. It is pretty easy to just keep right on with one more, and another, and then another. That’s when you know the recipe is good! And thankfully, it couldn’t get much easier to make!

This garlic shrimp recipe is also great for lunch with a side salad or even as an appetizer with hunks of crusty bread to dip up all of that delicious garlic butter pools underneath the shrimp.

I like to serve right from the skillet with a basket of bread beside the skillet so that everyone can dig right in.

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

Best Shrimp to Use

For the shrimp, if you use frozen, just make sure they are fully thawed and then rinsed well and drained.

  • Fresh Gulf Shrimp – I love to use fresh Gulf shrimp as much as possible.
  • Frozen Shrimp – If you use frozen shrimp, make sure that it is fully thawed and then rinsed well and drained before cooking.

How Much Garlic to Use for Garlic Shrimp

For the garlic, I’ve tried various amounts of garlic to shrimp ratios and found that we all prefer 6 medium-sized cloves of garlic minced. You can certainly adjust the amount of garlic up or down based on your preferences.

What Seasonings to Use in Garlic Shrimp

The pinch of red pepper flakes is completely optional, but I think it adds a depth of flavor to the garlic shrimp. If you do not like or can not have spices, simply omit it. It will still taste delicious!

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

Also, the chopped parsley adds a fresh flavor to this garlic shrimp that we just love. It also adds color and makes the shrimp prettier! I love that it also adds a slight green hue to the butter.

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

Buttery, with a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, I especially love that this garlic shrimp is one of those dishes I can make week in and week out without a single complaint from my family.

Other Easy Shrimp Recipes We Love:

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Easy Garlic Shrimp recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe – This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Perfect served with pasta, cheesy grits or alone, this garlic shrimp is a favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring often until it just begins to turn pink.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, lemon juice, remaining butter, red pepper flakes, and the parsley and continue to cook until the shrimp is fully pink and opaque about 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 72mg | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe - This garlic shrimp recipe is ready and on the table in 15 minutes! Made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and parsley, this quick and easy shrimp recipe is a definite favorite! // addapinch.com

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24 Comments

  1. Pritie says:

    This looks so delicious 🤤 and I wonder no salt in this receipe. Salt not required? 

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Pritie,
      I did not use salt in the recipe. I thought the seasonings and fresh herbs added enough flavor. Of course, you can add salt if you wish. Thanks!

  2. Danielle says:

    No parsley! Substitutions?!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Danielle,
      If you don’t like parsley, you could try basil. Or you could just leave out the herbs altogether. Hope this helps!

  3. Karen Anderson says:

    5 stars
    I just happened to have frozen shrimp in the freezer and we had this for dinner! Delicious! Thanks!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Wonderful to hear – I love when I get an easy idea for supper, don’t you?! I’m so happy that you enjoyed it too, Karen! Thanks so much for telling me! xo

  4. Robert L Lillard says:

    What are your thoughts on substituting lime juice and cilantro for the lemon juice and parsley?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’ve not used those in this particular recipe, so I can’t say, but I do use those in other shrimp recipes and it’s delicious. Thanks Robert!

    2. Linda W says:

      Robert, 

      That’s exactly what I was thinking😋

  5. Sandra says:

    5 stars
    I had the house to my self this weekend and decided I would cook all the things I love. since my family are philistines. who would eat nothing but hamburger if given the chance!! I made this for my dinner Saturday night curled up in a chair with a great movie to watch. Now I am not a big eater but it was all gone long before the movie ended along with almost half a loaf of Toasted Buttery Garlic Bread, Good thing they don’t go away often!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you treated yourself to your favorite foods – and that you enjoyed this, Sandra! Thanks so much for sharing this with me! xo

  6. Kate @ Framed Cooks says:

    These shrimp are calling my name, Robyn! Definitely going the serve from the skillet with bread route – the Southern husband is in for a treat! xo

  7. asiya says:

    5 stars
    Sea food has always been my favorite and shrimp with garlic flavor seems to be the best way to make them with minimum ingredients…I have been through many recipes from your blog and liked them and am thankful to have come across such a wonderful blog…

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Asiya. I appreciate that very much and hope you enjoy the recipes!

  8. Deb says:

    Yum! I just love shrimp with garlic and this dish looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing another great recipe, Robyn!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Deb! I hope you enjoy it! xo

  9. Tori//Gringalicious.com says:

    This looks amazing!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Tori! xo

  10. Analida's Ethnic Spoon says:

    Mmmmmm! I can almost smell it from the photos. I want a fork and some linguini to dig right in. Looks super simple to whip up on a weeknight.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much!