Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe (Spicy and Easy Garlic Shrimp)

Garlic Butter Shrimp is tasty, spicy, and delicious. It makes a great appetizer before dinner or to serve at a party, but but can also be the perfect main dish! The garlic flavor is so good, and it is just the right amount of spicy. This lemon garlic shrimp recipe is so easy to make, and doesn’t take long at all. Serve it with rice and veggies, or throw it on top of a salad. There are so many ways to use this tasty sauteed shrimp!

Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe in a skillet

Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

Garlic butter shrimp can be a delicious appetizer or a main dish. This sauteed shrimp recipe is spicy, with a hint of lemon and plenty of garlic!

This Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is so delicious! It’s got garlic, it’s got lemon juice, it’s got a chili pepper paste to give it some spice…it’s got it all! And it’s such an easy thing to make since the garlic shrimp cooks so fast.

This recipe makes a tasty appetizer to serve before dinner, or it can be the main dish! Serve it with rice and veggies for a full, healthy, well-balanced meal. It also makes a good party appetizer that your guests will devour in no time. You can even toss a few of these garlic shrimp onto a bed of greens for a flavorful salad. There are just so many ways to eat this lemon garlic butter shrimp.

Toss the shrimp in a skillet, saute, add in the rest of the ingredients for flavor, and you’re done! Amazing garlic shrimp appetizer or dinner recipe.

Make this Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe, for an appetizer or for dinner. Either way, it’s spicy, easy to make, and so delicious!

Spicy garlic shrimp with lemon and red pepper

Sauteed shrimp with garlic, lemon, and chili paste

Super Easy and Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

A little bit of spice is good for the soul…or at least that’s what I believe. I love the bold flavor of these garlic shrimp, and the chili pepper paste adds the perfect amount of spiciness to kick it up a notch. Plus the red pepper flakes added at the end and the fresh lemon juice all combine to create the most amazing flavor. It’s spicy, but not TOO spicy. Just filled with flavor and tastes so good with other dishes too. This lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is definitely a seafood favorite!

Lemon garlic shrimp in a skillet

Spicy lemon garlic shrimp

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This easy seafood recipe is one of those recipes that makes me wonder why it took me so long to start cooking. If you can make something this good with just a skillet, some shrimp, and less than 30 minutes, then anyone can cook! This lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe is amazing.

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat
  2. Season the shrimp with salt & pepper, then add to skillet
  3. Saute shrimp for about 4-5 minutes until cooked
  4. Stir in garlic paste, chili paste, and lemon juice until combined
  5. Sprinkle with dried herbs

Yup, that’s all it takes to make spicy garlic shrimp! A little bit of prep and no more than 10 minutes of actual cooking.

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How long do you cook shrimp in a skillet?

Shrimp will turn pink and become quite opaque when cooked. It should take about 4-5 minutes to fully cook shrimp in a skillet.

What to serve with garlic butter shrimp?

I love that you can eat this seafood recipe on its own as an appetizer, but it makes for a really good main dish too! There are so many different ways to eat this lemon garlic shrimp, you could add it in to so many dishes. For a healthy dinner, serve it with rice or couscous and grilled vegetables. You could use it as a topping for a salad (hot or cold), or you could make tacos with it.

Here are some recipe ideas:

Lemon garlic butter shrimp on a plate

You are going to love this spicy garlic butter shrimp recipe! Whether you use it as an appetizer, a main dish, a taco filling, or a salad topping, you’re going to want to make this easy shrimp recipe over and over again. I know I will be.

Watch the video or see the recipe card below for details on how to make this Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe. Enjoy!

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3.95 from 38 votes
This lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe is so easy to make and just the right amount of spicy. Eat this garlic shrimp as an appetizer, main dish, or use it for tacos or salads.
Garlic Butter Shrimp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe is so easy to make and just the right amount of spicy. Eat this garlic shrimp as an appetizer, main dish, or use it for tacos or salads.
Course: Appetizer/Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 pound raw shrimp *SEE NOTE cleaned, peeled, and deveined
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Stir In Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Stir In Chili Pepper Paste (or red pepper paste)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes more or less if you like/don't like spicy
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium high heat.

  2. Season shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss shrimp into skillet and add in garlic paste and chili pepper paste. Stir to combine. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and opaque.

  4. Stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter stirring to fully combine.

  5. Sprinkle with dried herbs and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you prefer to use frozen, cooked shrimp, you'll want to cook just long enough to heat through, about 1 minute. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 315mg 105%
Sodium 990mg 41%
Potassium 100mg 3%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 16.8%
Iron 13.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
hi hon. Just wanted to let you know that has stolen your recipe and photo and are using them as a post on their site. They've been stealing bloggers' recipes all month, so make sure you get your post removed via DMCA notice. Blessings, Eden
Awesome recipe! Isn't shrimp just the best? So quick to cook up and amazingly versatile, sweet, spicy, savory, rich and buttery or lean with an easy low cal sauce, grilled, sauteed, salads, the possibilities are endless. Thank you!
Beth Pierce
My family LOVED this! So incredibly tasty and easy!!
healthy shrimp recipes
hey Hardin it was really delicious shrimp dish thanks for posting
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