During the summer there’s nothing better than sweet and juicy sauteed shrimp cooked in a beautiful lemon garlic butter. These shrimp are so delicious and easy to make and can be eaten on their own with a nice cold glass of white wine as an appetizer or serve them with some freshly cooked spaghetti!
You won’t believe just how quick and easy this recipe is and how much flavor it has, make sure to check out all the helpful tips and tricks on what shrimp to use and how to prepare them!
What you need to make this recipe
Shrimp – I love to use high-quality large fresh shrimp from my fishmonger. They are sweet, juicy and don’t shrivel up when cooked. Try to find good-quality shrimp when possible.
Butter – Butter adds a creamy and delicious sauce for the shrimp, I mean who doesn’t like garlic butter? If you don’t want to use butter you could use olive oil instead.
Lemon – Fresh lemon juice adds so much flavor to the shrimp but you can choose another citrus fruit such as lime or orange if you prefer. You can also add in a little zest for a more fragrant flavor.
Parsley – Fresh herbs make a huge difference here, try to stay away from dried herbs.
How to make Sauteed Shrimp
1. Devein the shrimp and remove the heads, season with salt and pepper.
2. Add the butter to a pan and once hot add the shrimp.
3. After 2 minutes add the garlic and saute until pink.
4. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and parsley.
Tips and ideas for making this recipe
- Make sure to buy high-quality shrimp and fresh if possible, frozen shrimp contain a lot of excess water and tend to shrivel up when cooked.
- Once the shrimp turn pink all over they are cooked, don’t be tempted to cook further or they will turn tuff and rubbery.
- Make sure to season the shrimp with a little salt and pepper before cooking.
- Your pan/skillet should be nice and hot before adding the shrimp so they cook quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I devein shrimp?
First, remove the head then using a small sharp knife run it across the back of the shrimp in line with the vein to make a small shallow incision. Remove the vein by pulling it out or scrape it with the knife and give it a quick rinse under good running water.
Pat dry and set aside, repeat with all of the shrimp.
How long does it take to sauté shrimp?
Shrimp will cook in about 3-5 minutes per side depending on size and temperature. Once you see them turn pink, they’re done. Overcooking the shrimp will give a rubbery texture.
Can I use frozen shrimp?
Frozen shrimp need to be completely thawed before cooking. They cook quite quickly so they can’t be frozen before sautéing as the outside will cook in minutes while the inside is still frozen.
What other seasonings can I use?
If you want to try other flavors other than lemon and garlic butter then a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, paprika or cayenne pepper are delicious. You can also add in different citrus juice or zest such as orange or lime.
Can I reheat sauteed shrimp?
Yes, you can reheat the shrimp but don’t do it for long just so they are hot or they will overcook.
If you’ve tried this Sauteed Shrimp out then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!
- 1 lb large shrimp
- 1 lemon
- 4-5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- Sprinkle of sea salt
- Devein and take off the shells of each shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook about 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add the minced garlic and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through.
- Remove from heat, add the lemon juice and parsley and stir together.