Garlic Butter Shrimp

How to make Garlic Butter Shrimp

  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 8 minutes
  • Total: 18 minutes

This succulent Garlic Butter Shrimp is perfect as an appetizer or as a full meal! It’s also extremely quick and easy to make and ready in less than 20 minutes.

The shrimp are lovingly pan-fried in an amazing garlicky butter, with a hint of heat from red pepper flakes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 1 pound shrimp (large or jumbo, shelled)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)


  1. Cook the shrimp: Heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter to a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp turns pink.
  2. Season with salt. Flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic: Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds or until aromatic. Do not burn.
  4. Finish the shrimp: Stir in the remaining butter, lemon juice and parsley. Turn off the heat. Serve immediately.

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