Garlic Butter Shrimp

Delicious shrimp cooked and tossed in our own homemade garlic butter sauce.

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Delicious shrimp cooked and tossed in our own homemade garlic butter sauce! A simple and delicious recipe that is great for lunch or as a savory, garlicky side dish for any main meal.

Make sure to make your very own Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce for this recipe. Or make some Garlic Butter Salmon instead!

Garlic butter shrimp on platter with spoon

Garlic Butter Shrimp

This recipe is all about making a simple, delicious, and easy weeknight recipe that could be used as a side dish, a lunch, or even just a buttery snack during the day.

The only thing you need to watch out for is to make sure that you don’t accidentally overcook the shrimp. Thanks to shrimp’s typically small size, it can really quickly become tough and chewy if you aren’t being careful.

Garlic Butter Shrimp ingredients

Garlic Butter Shrimp Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined

• Homemade garlic butter sauce

Garlic Butter Shrimp in pan uncooked

How To Make Garlic Butter Shrimp

• Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat

• Add shrimp and cook until pink, about 3 minutes

• Remove from heat and toss in your garlic butter sauce, and then serve

Garlic Butter Shrimp  on white platter

How To Cook Your Shrimp Just Right

This recipe is obviously all about the shrimp, so it is definitely a priority to make sure that the shrimp is as perfect as you can possibly can.

The key is to ensure that you don’t leave the shrimp in the pan too long. If you leave it too long, the shrimp will develop a sinewy, chewy pinkness that means that the shrimp is almost inedibly overcooked.

You can also end up with a bit too much of a burnt crust on the surface of the shrimp as it cooks in the butter.

You need to pay a ton of attention to your shrimp to definitely make sure that it doesn’t cook until it just starts to turn pink. You need to make sure that you are keeping carry over cooking in mind, as the shrimp will continue to cook for a minute or two after taking it from the pan.

Sadly, shrimp is typically too small to be able to stick an instant read thermometer in to be able to accurately monitor its temperature.

Instead, you just have to use your eyes; when the shrimp just about turns pink, with a slight crust forming on each side, is when you should take the shrimp out.

Garlic Butter Shrimp on a white plate

How To Serve Your Garlic Butter Shrimp?

This recipe obviously does not make a huge quantity of food. It is really nothing more than some delectable shrimp in a tasty garlic butter sauce.

However, the smaller size gives this recipe some excellent versatility. You could use these garlic butter shrimp as a side dish to all sorts of different meals, especially something that goes well with the strong flavors of garlic butter anyway, like a steak.

You could also serve these shrimp for lunch, with maybe a bit of crusty bread on the side to mop up the extra sauce.

You could even whip these up quickly during the day to serve as an afternoon snack. This is a really easy thing to do if you make up the garlic butter sauce in advance and keep it in the fridge in a sealed container.

You could just take some of the sauce out, melt it in a pan and cook up the shrimp – you could be eating in literally 6 minutes!

Looking for more delicious Fish & Seafood recipes? Try these out:

The Best Seafood Stock

New England Clam Chowder

Classic Tuna Casserole with Noodles

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Delicious shrimp cooked and tossed in our own homemade garlic butter sauce.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Delicious shrimp cooked and tossed in our own homemade garlic butter sauce.
5 from 1 votes
Garlic butter shrimp on platter with spoon
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
3 minutes
4 servings
Karlynn Johnston



  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp. Cook until pink, typically this takes about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and toss in our homemade garlic butter sauce.
  • Serve

Nutrition Information

Calories: 348kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 335mg, Sodium: 405mg, Potassium: 456mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 709IU, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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