When I was clearing out the fridge in the past few days, I was so happy to see that I have a pound of shrimp sitting in my freezer. I also have a bag of garlic, parsley leaves, one lemon, and half stick of butter.
Ideas started to flood my mind, I could have lemon garlic shrimp with all these ingredients above and I will be very happy as it is so delicious, yet so easy to make.
This is a great dish to share with friends and family. Open a bottle of white wine, champagne, or beer, and you and your guests can all dig in the shrimp and be totally merry and happy.
Few shrimp dishes are as tasty as this lemon garlic shrimp, in my honest opinion.
For the best result, use medium-sized shrimp, as bigger shrimp tend to be rubbery in texture. Peel off the shell, leave the tail on so you can actually use your hand to eat the shrimp.
Hold it on the tail and suck the lemony, garlicky, and buttery flavors off the entire shrimp, ahhhh, you will be in shrimp heaven.
This recipe doesn’t have to be a special occasion dish. You can make this in a jiffy in about 20-30 minutes and serve it with a simple pasta dish for daily lunch or dinner, for example: parmesan garlic noodles. Enjoy!
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe
Lemon Garlic Shrimp - easiest and best shrimp recipe with garlic, shrimp, butter and lemon, all ready in 20 mins. Perfect as appetizer or with pasta.
- 1 lb shelled, deveined, tail-on medium-sized shrimp
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 dashes black pepper
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
- Lemon wedges
Rinse the shrimp thoroughly. Peel and devein the shrimp, but leave the tail-on. Drain the excess water in a colander. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat up a skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and saute and garlic until aromatic, but not browned. Add the shrimp and spread on a single layer, stir to cook well. Add the cayenne pepper and lemon juice and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked. Add the parsley, stir to combine well. Dish out and serve immediately with some lemon wedges.