If you’re looking for an easy, delicious seafood dish to add to your repertoire, look no further than garlic butter shrimp. This dish is simple to make but packs a ton of flavor. Plus, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you want something tasty but don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
My family finishes all the shrimp in one meal. They sop up the buttery sauce with crusty bread. It is one of those meals that everyone is so busy eating and enjoying their food that they are silent for a bit.
Sometimes, I will serve this over pasta and sprinkle on a bit of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Restaurant Garlic Butter Shrimp Meal at home
In 15 minutes, you could be eating garlicky, buttery shrimp at home!
It can be costly to eat out at a restaurant and order a shrimp dinner. You’ll be amazed at how easy this is to make, especially if you use shrimp that has already been deveined and peeled with the tails removed too.
I actually get mine in the freezer section. It is nice to keep a bag in the freezer for those weeknights when we want to splurge and stay home too.
Perfect for a Busy Weeknight or Entertaining
Cooking at home doesn’t have to be hard, in fact, it can be downright easy with recipes like this. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of cook time, you’ll have a delicious seafood dish that’s perfect for any occasion.
Pan Frying Shrimp Recipe
It is so easy to make this recipe. Just heat a skillet over medium-high heat with add butter or olive oil. Add the shrimp and seasonings. Cook until the shrimp is pink and opaque, which should take about four or five minutes.
How Long Should You Cook Shrimp?
Fresh shrimp cook up quickly. Just 2-3 minutes on each side. Depending on the size of the shrimp, in general, it should take a total of 4-6 minutes to cook turning once halfway. As soon as they turn opaque and curl up a bit, they’re ready. They cook in just minutes.
Using Fresh versus Frozen Shrimp
We live in an area where we don’t have access to fresh shrimp. Therefore, we often buy our shrimp frozen. This way we are assured that our shrimp is ready when we are. However, if you have access to fresh shrimp, go ahead and use that.
When purchasing shrimp both fresh and frozen, look for shrimp that is not precooked. For time saving, get them deveined (with the vein removed already), and either peeled or with just the tails on.
How to Cook Frozen Shrimp?
It is easy to cook frozen shrimp, treat it just like you would fresh shrimp. They just take a few more minutes to cook.
If they are not cleaned, you will want to thaw and devein before cooking. However, if they are already cleaned, just add to a skillet, and cook over medium-high heat with olive oil or butter. Add your seasonings and cook until the shrimp have turned pink and are cooked through. Approximately 7-9 minutes.
What to Serve with Shrimp?
This garlic butter shrimp pairs nicely with cooked pasta. Add a sprinkle of cheese on top and you have a restaurant worthy dish.
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- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Pound Large Shrimp 16-20 count size, peeled, deveined, with the tails removed
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Parsley chopped, dried or fresh
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large pan, add the butter. When melted, add the Italian seasoning, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the shrimp, cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Approximately 3-6 minutes turning once. Serve.