Our lemon garlic shrimp recipe may be the fastest and easiest dish you can make for dinner tonight. A restaurant-quality meal will be ready on your table in a flash.
In this recipe, juicy shrimp are sautéed in a rich, aromatic blend of melted butter, chopped garlic, and fresh lemon. The dish is packed with amazing garlicky and buttery flavors that are sure to be a delight to your taste buds.
Since you won’t want to waste a drop, this succulent lemon garlic shrimp is best served with rice, pasta, or bread.
Is Lemon Garlic Shrimp Healthy?
Yes, our lemon garlic shrimp is relatively healthy.
First, each serving of the dish contains approximately 500 calories, a healthy amount that still leaves ample room to add more fruit and vegetables.
Moreover, our lemon garlic shrimp is an excellent provider of protein. Each serving contains 44.7 gr of protein, about 49% - 97% of your recommended daily intake.
Finally, we minimized the levels of added salt and dairy to keep the sodium and saturated fat content within healthy limits (545 mg and 3.8 g, respectively) while still ensuring the dish bursts with flavor.
Ingredients for Lemon Garlic Shrimp
With beyond simple dishes like this lemon garlic shrimp, fresh raw ingredients are the key to creating a party in your mouth:
Shrimp: Buy peeled and deveined shrimp, allowing yourself to save some time and effort on prepping. Fresh shrimp works best in both our lemon garlic shrimp and honey garlic butter shrimp recipes, but if you only have access to the frozen variety, defrost them by soaking in water.
Butter: Butter and olive oil add rich flavors and texture to the shrimp. We used unsalted butter to minimize the sodium content.
Garlic: Garlic and shrimp are BFF—as evidenced by this Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe, just like peanut butter and jelly; they’re perfect for each other. If you love the garlicky aroma, feel free to add even more than our recipe lists. Also, look for a firm head of garlic with large cloves and smooth skin: they are signs of the best quality garlic.
Lemon Juice: Added in the marinating step, lemon juice infuses the shrimp with uniquely bright notes as it cooks.
Seasoningand Spices: Salt was added as the only main flavor enhancer since we didn’t want anything complicated to overpower the seafood’s freshness. Cayenne and mustard help to wake up the shrimp and add a dash of heat. Don’t forget the fresh coriander garnish, it gives the dish that bright, restaurant-quality appearance.
Grain: Since you won’t want to miss a drop of the rich, savory sauce, serve the lemon garlic shrimp alongside some rice, pasta, noodles, or bread.
Tips for Cooking Shrimp
Once your shrimp recipe starts rolling, it will be done in just a few minutes. Thus, the first rule of thumb is to have all the ingredients and kitchen tools required within easy reach.
Shrimp typically need only 5 - 7 minutes to cook over medium heat. Once the shrimp curl up and turn orange in color, they are ready to be served. For the perfect tender and juicy shrimp, we don’t recommend cooking them for any longer. Overcooked shrimp tend to have an unappealing rubbery and chewy texture.
How to Store and Reheat Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Once placed in an airtight container and properly stored, the garlic shrimp will last 2 - 3 days in the refrigerator. To maximize the shelf life, you can keep the dish frozen for up to 3 months.
The stored shrimp are best reheated in a pan with a little oil or water, allowing the moisture to seep into the shrimp. Cook at medium-low heat until the shrimp are warm and have an appealing golden- brown color.
What to Serve With Lemon Garlic Shrimp?
Since our lemon garlic shrimp recipe makes an effortless timesaving dinner, we would like to keep the side relatively simple too.
A quick green salad, like our Greek salad, makes a healthy and delicious side that can be paired with almost any main dish. We also love to round off a rich meal like our lemon garlic shrimp with a refreshing watermelon juice.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Emily Rogers is a California-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Public Health Dietetics. She has had an eclectic career working as a health educator, nutrition counselor, recipe developer, clinical dietitian and outpatient dietitian. Emily is currently a full-time Public Health Nutritionist with the County of Orange where she teaches Nutrition Education and Community Nutrition courses.
A light and refreshing dish that's perfect for a healthy and satisfying meal.