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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.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Course: Appetizer/Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 217kcal
Garlic Butter Shrimp is tasty, spicy, and delicious. This is one of my favorite shrimp recipes, and 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 sautéed shrimp!
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  • 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


  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 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.
  • Stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter stirring to fully combine.
  • Sprinkle with dried herbs and serve.
  • Enjoy!



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


Calories: 217kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 315mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 100mg | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 2.5mg