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Garlic Shrimp

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Sally Humeniuk


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound green shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter
  • water as needed


  • 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.
  • Season shrimp with salt; cook and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, caper brine, 1 1/2 teaspoon cold butter, and half the parsley.
  • Cook until butter has melted, about 1 minute, then turn heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve shrimp topped with the pan sauce. Garnish with remaining flat-leaf parsley.
  • 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.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 185mg | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 0.6mg