Garlic Shrimp

We like shrimp and LOVE garlic, so this garlic shrimp recipe is the perfect, simple combination of both. Great for company, a romantic dinner or even a quick weeknight meal.
The shrimp are heaven in your mouth with lemon juice, red pepper flakes and the secret ingredient, caper brine.

Garlic Shrimp is also A-mazing with a good quality spicy sausage. This combo will have guests oooing and awwing over your genius talent in the kitchen. See what I mean in this quick hands-on recipe.

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp
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Have all your ingredients ready because this dish is start to finish in under 30 minutes. Serve with some cajun or spicy sausage for the perfect pairing. Could also be a great hot appetizer.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound green shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine
  • 1½ teaspoons cold butter
  • ⅓ cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons cold butter
  • water, as needed
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat until it just begins to smoke. Place shrimp in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring.
  2. Season shrimp with salt; cook and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, caper brine, 1½ teaspoon cold butter, and half the parsley.
  4. Cook until butter has melted, about 1 minute, then turn heat to low and stir in 1½ tablespoon cold butter. Cook and stir until all butter has melted to form a thick sauce and shrimp are pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl; continue to cook butter sauce, adding water 1 teaspoon at a time if too thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Serve shrimp topped with the pan sauce. Garnish with remaining flat-leaf parsley.
  7. Cook’s note; Serving the shrimp on top of a nice toasted sourdough is delectable, but if you really want to bring this right over the top? Find yourself a good quality cajun style brat or sausage. Remove casings, cut up and saute in a separate pan with about 1 teaspoon of olive oil while the butter sauce is rendering for the garlic shrimp.

Adapted From Chef John’s Garlic Shrimp

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