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Shrimp with garlic butter It's juicy, flavorful, and the perfect weekday meal. A simple combination of melted butter, minced garlic, and lemon juice, this easy recipe only takes 10 minutes to make (yes, only 10 minutes).
Fresh or frozen shrimp: which is better?
When it comes to seafood, always consider the quality of the product and its source. Of course, it is ideal to buy from a coastal store that sells fresh catch of the day. But, if you are looking for something a little cheaper and faster, don't overlook the freezer section at your local market.
Wild frozen shrimp it is always preferred because they freeze immediately upon entering the port. This way they will keep their freshness and flavor over time. And I always prioritize North American shrimp over Asian shrimp.
What about the fresh shrimp on ice at your supermarket? They may not have been caught recently, and it's hard to know how long thawed shrimp have been behind the counter. Just take the safe route and head to the freezer aisle to pick up a bag of shrimp.
Also, it is better to buy wild white shrimp if you are cooking shrimp on your own. This type of shrimp has a sweet and delicious flavor, is slightly larger and cooks firmly. Otherwise, smaller shrimp can be used for dishes like my Shrimp Ceviche or Shrimp Salad.
Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe Video
While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a quick step-by-step video tutorial. Give him a watch below!
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How to thaw frozen shrimp
If you have planned to cook shrimp the night before, simply take your bag of frozen shrimp out of the freezer and put them in the fridge. They will gradually thaw overnight and will be ready to cook at dinner time.
But suppose you just got home from work and suddenly decide to make some shrimp. Don't worry, you'll still have plenty of time to defrost it! Here we'll explain to you how to do it:
- Place the frozen shrimp in a bowl or strainer in the sink.
- Run it below cold water for about 5 minutes, occasionally throw them away to make sure they're thawed. Depending on the size of the shrimp, this process can take from 5 to 10 minutes.
- When the shrimp are completely thawed, place them on a sheet tray and gently pat shrimp dry with a paper towel You want to remove excess moisture from the shrimp so that they brown well without overcooking too much water.
How to make shrimp with garlic butter
Luckily for you, the garlic butter with lemon shrimp are easy to make! It cooks quickly and is extremely versatile when it comes to making different dishes. Here is how to do it:
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and then add the garlic. Cook this for about 30 seconds.
- Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the shrimp turn pink and opaque.
- Stir in the lemon juice and any remaining butter. Take off the heat and flavor test to see if you need more salt and pepper.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley And you're ready to serve!
What to serve with shrimp?
Now that you have your shrimp ready, it never hurts to add a side dish to give it more flavor and texture. Some sides I would recommend are my cauliflower puree, garlic, ginger, bok choy, cauliflower, rice, or fresh coleslaw.
Do you need more shrimp recipes?
If you're looking for more variations on how to cook shrimp, take a look at the recipes below. I think you will love them.
Garlic Butter Shrimp
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This garlic butter shrimp is incredibly easy to make and packed with garlic goodness. Watch the video above to see how fast you join!
- 3 tablespoons butter (or ghee), plus more, as desired
- 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 4-5 minced garlic cloves
- 1 lemon, in juice
- chopped parsley, to garnish
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and then add the garlic. Cook this for about 30 seconds.
Add shrimp to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook shrimp for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp start to turn pink.
Remove shrimp from heat and add lemon juice. If you want extra butter, you can also add more butter now.
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve.
- When it comes to shrimp, do your best not to overcook them. That's when they get gummy.
Calories: 173kcal, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 301mg, Sodium: 1319mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 15mg , Calcium: 174 mg, Iron: 3 mg
Garlic shrimp butter