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This Garlic Butter Shrimp couldn’t be simpler, quicker, or more delicious. Made in 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients, this saucy and garlicky shrimp dish is tender and loaded with flavor. Perfect over pasta or rice and fancy enough for company.

Shrimp with pasta served in a bowl with a fork

Why This Recipe Is So Good

  • It’s so quick and easy (only 5 minutes!) to make these tasty shrimp, it’s perfect for a last-minute weeknight meal.
  • The shrimp can be served over pasta or rice for a hearty meal or served as an appetizer.
  • This recipe is easy to make dairy-free or paleo and is low carb.

What You’ll Need

  • Shrimp: You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. If using frozen shrimp, be sure to defrost them before cooking and remove the excess water with kitchen paper.
  • Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter, but adjust the level of salt accordingly based on personal preference. Use ghee or vegan butter to make it dairy-free.
  • Garlic cloves: The garlic should be minced rather than sliced for the best flavor.
  • White wine: I prefer to use a dry white wine, it doesn’t need to be anything expensive.
  • Salt and pepper: Freshly cracked and to taste.
Ingredients to make the garlic butter shrimp

How To Make It

  1. Melt butter over medium heat until foaming, then add the shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for 60 seconds, then add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.
  3. Add the wine and cook two minutes.
  4. Toss with parsley and salt.
Garlic butter shrimp being cooked in a skillet

What Do You Serve with This Shrimp?

This garlic butter shrimp pairs really well with long pasta like linguine. Or spaghetti which can be prepared while the shrimp are cooking. If following a paleo diet, they can be served on top of a bed of zucchini noodles and rice works well for gluten-free.

You can also serve the shrimp as an appetizer alongside some crusty bread.

How Can You Tell When The Shrimp is Cooked?

Shrimp don’t take long to cook at all — less than five minutes and the dish is done! If overcooked, the shrimp can become rubbery. The shrimp are fully cooked and ready when the outside is pink and opaque, with just a little white. If the shrimp are bright white in color, they are overcooked. The tails should be pink.

Garlic butter shrimp in a skillet

Chef’s Tips

  • Be sure to use shrimp immediately. Otherwise they can become rubbery.
  • If you don’t want to use wine, you can substitute it for chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Cook the shrimp on medium heat so as not to overcook.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 2 votes

Garlic Butter Shrimp


Prep 2 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 7 minutes
This garlic butter shrimp couldn't be simpler, quicker, or more delicious. Made in 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients, this saucy, garlicky shrimp is tender and loaded with flavor.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6-7 cloves garlic minced about 1 ½ – 2 ½ tablespoons
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter over medium heat until foaming, then add the shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 60 seconds, then add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.
  • Add the wine and cook 2 Minutes.
  • Toss with parsley and salt.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 335calProtein: 24gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 347mgSodium: 1092mgPotassium: 119mgTotal Carbs: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 1gVitamin A: 786IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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3 Comments

  1. really yummy recipes , i loved it.

    1. Avatar Amelia Camurati says:

      Thanks for the love Nancy!5 stars

  2. Avatar James Howard says:

    top shelf.easy to make ,and the taste is fantastic5 stars

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