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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Everyone loves this Garlic Butter Shrimp. It’s quick, easy and makes a great light weeknight meal or the perfect appetizer for a party.

One of my kitchen mottos is “all good things start with garlic or butter” But when you’ve got garlic AND butter like in this recipe? Helllllooooo perfection.

Garlic butter shrimp in a pan.

Perfection is exactly what this Garlic Butter Shrimp is. Garlicky, buttery, so full of flavor and it can be on the table in under 15 minutes!

What ingredients do you need: 

SHRIMP: Large shrimp. I happened to find these gorgeous wild caught pink gulf shrimp when I made this but any large shrimp will do. To make this dish even easier, if you can, buy shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined. 

DES’ TIP: When buying shrimp they are sold by how many shrimp there are in a pound. For instance, large shrimp will be about 31/35 shrimp per pound. Extra large shrimp will be 26/30 shrimp per pound. Colossal shrimp will be 13/15 shrimp per pound while small shrimp will be 51/60 per pound. Here is an article about shrimp sizes for more info.

Raw shrimp in a clear bowl on a wooden cutting board.

BUTTER: Salted or unsalted works just fine in this recipe. If you use salted, you’ll likely need to use salt to season the shrimp after cooking. 

GARLIC: Use fresh minced garlic friends. I know that they sell minced garlic in jars but fresh garlic will taste better every time. 

CRUSHED RED PEPPER: This is optional, but the red pepper flakes at a bit of a kick and a nice color to the dish. 

LEMON JUICE: A fresh squeeze of lemon juice brightens everything up a bit. 

A lemon wedge squeezing lemon juice on shrimp in a pan.

PARSLEY: Just to add another pop of color to the dish! 

How do you make Garlic Butter Shrimp?

Guys it is SO easy! Follow these step by step photos and instructions to see just how easy. 

Step by Step Photos of garlic butter shrimp

STEP 1: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. 

STEP 2: Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook just until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds

DES’ TIP: Pay attention to the garlic so that it doesn’t burn. Burnt garlic will taste bitter. 

STEP 3: Add the shrimp to the pan. Cook until shrimp are cooked through this will take about 5 minutes. Cooked shrimp will be opaque white with bits of pink.  

STEP 4: Drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with parsley and salt and pepper to taste. 

Overhead photo of garlic butter shrimp in a pan.

See how easy is that?? This garlicky buttery shrimp is a huge hit with the whole family. I served it with a green salad and some crusty bread to sop up all of that garlic butter! 

If you loved this Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe, check out these other shrimp and seafood recipes

Fried Cod 

Popcorn Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Lemon Caper Salmon 

Salt and Pepper Calamari 

Garlic lover? Here are some of my favorite recipes featuring garlic: 

Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing 

Garlic Rice 

How to make Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic Soup

Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 19 reviews


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste



Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.


Add in garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook just until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Stir in the shrimp. Cook until shrimp are cooked through about 5 minutes. They will be opaque when cooked.


Drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper. Serve.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 245 , Total Fat: 13.5g , Saturated Fat: 7.9g , Cholesterol: 269 mg , Sodium: 362 mg , Carbohydrates: 3.6g , Fiber: 0.3g , Sugar: 0.1g , Protein: 26.4g

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    August 19, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Such a great information about the garlic butter shrimp thanks sharing this article and help us

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    July 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Shrimps are everything. Loved your recipe, it looks so yummy and tasty, definitely gonna try this recipe.

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    April 25, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Looks so yummy an delicious . I always enjoy to read your recipes articles. Thank you for haring this article.

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    Nancy Cole
    January 8, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Looks so Yummm! I love Shrimp and trying different recipes with them now I will try this Garlic Butter Shrimp too. ThanksNancy Cole for sharing the recipe

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    December 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I really enjoy this reading of butter shrimp recipe. So easy to understand and make it at home, I really love it. Thank you for sharing this post.

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    November 16, 2020 at 9:22 am

    This is love. I really enjoy this garlic butter recipe. Its so easy to make it at home. Thank you for sharing this article.

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    November 1, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I love garlic butter and this article is really a great reading for me. This garlic butter shrimp is really looking so yummy and delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

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    September 27, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Wow this recipe is so unique and beautiful! I am a big shrimp person, so I love the idea of it to eat light, healthy and easy to make. I never would have thought of that myself but it’s a great idea, I can’t wait to try this!

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    Kari Alana
    July 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Such a s sweet,simple and practical recipe for weeknight meals because it is so quick and easy.

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    July 26, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Your Garlic Butter Shrimp looks delicious! I am going to make this for dinner one day this week.

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    July 25, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    This is just too easy and the BEST way to make shrimp! Love this recipe!

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    Çitra's Home Dairy
    July 25, 2020 at 2:27 am

    This is so tempting to try. I bet this will be perfect for my pasta dishes. thank you for sharing.

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    July 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Shrimps are perfect for hot Summer days! Easy to make, light, and so tasty! Definitely need to try your vision, it looks delicious!

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    July 23, 2020 at 10:27 am

    These shrimp look like a great topping for my pasta and risotto. I can’t wait to try them out.

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    Jacque Hastert
    July 22, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I am going to devour these tonight when I make them. I am going to throw them over some linguini. I know my whole family is going to love this dish.

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    Andrea Howe
    July 21, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Such a simple lovely dish for summer! Thanks for the tip on buying shrimp too!

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    July 21, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Your recipe for Garlic Butter Shrimp was outstanding. They came out correctly done and so flavorful that I wish there had been more so I could enjoy leftovers today. I am saving this recipe to make again.

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    Chef Dennis
    July 21, 2020 at 12:36 am

    This Garlic Butter Shrimp is the bomb! I am definitely going to have this for my family! Looks really appetizing!

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    July 20, 2020 at 8:11 am

    How about roasted garlic?

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      July 20, 2020 at 9:12 am

      You could totally do this with roasted garlic! I would add the roasted garlic at the same time that you would add the fresh and cook for the same amount of time to make sure that it doesn’t burn. It would be fantastic I bet!


    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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