Sauteed lemon garlic shrimp turn out tender, flavorful, and ready to serve in 15 minutes.

Shrimp tossed in fresh lemon zest are sauteed in a garlic butter sauce until succulent and infused with flavor.

Get tender and flavorful shrimp in minutes every time with this easy recipe.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with lemon slices

An Elegant Entree

  • Keto-friendly lemon garlic butter shrimp can be an appetizer, side, or main dish served hot or cold.
  • Perfect for busy weeknights or special occasions when you want to impress, lemon garlic shrimp is a minimal prep winner.
  • For an easy meal all week, double up the recipe and serve chilled or reheated.
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Ingredients and Variations

Shrimp: Choose clean and fresh smelling medium (41/50), or medium-large (36/40) shrimp for this recipe. For frozen shrimp, thaw, rinse, and pat dry before using. Try leaving the tails on for a more robust flavor (similar to cooking meat on the bone).

Seasonings: Light seasonings like lemon zest, butter, and garlic complement the delicate flavor of sauteed shrimp. Feel free to add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a pop of color and a little spicy heat.

Variations: Sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, green onions, or finely diced bell peppers are great additions to the pan in Step 4. Add some white wine and make a scampi version. Add a sprinkle of parmesan to lemon garlic shrimp before serving.

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  1. Toss shrimp with lemon zest and seasonings.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet and cook shrimp for one minute (as per the recipe below).
  3. Add butter and garlic and cook until shrimp are cooked through and pink.
  4. Remove from heat and garnish with lemon and parsley before serving.

Tips for Success

  • This dish comes together very fast and it’s easy to overcook the garlic and shrimp, so have all ingredients prepared before heating the skillet.
  • Don’t overcook the garlic, as it will make the dish bitter. Properly cooked shrimp will turn pink and opaque, remove from heat promptly at this point. (To be safe, use a meat thermometer to check for 145°F before removing from heat.) 
  • Keep leftover lemon garlic shrimp in a covered container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy it cold as a snack, on salad greens, or reheat covered, in the microwave with a little water to create steam and keep it tender.
  • Leftover shrimp can be frozen but won’t thaw as firm due to their high water content. Add it to a veggie stir fry.
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Serving Suggestions

Serve lemon and garlic shrimp as an appetizer with a creamy tzatziki dip or save time and clean up and grill them with kabobs and some veggies.

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp with lemon slices
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This quick and easy lemon garlic shrimp recipe features juicy shrimp sautéed with zesty lemon and fragrant garlic butter, perfect for a light and flavorful meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 1 whole lemon divided
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • Cut the lemon into quarters and set aside.
  • In a bowl, toss shrimp with lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the butter and garlic and cook, stirring the shrimp until cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
  • Remove from the heat and squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over the shrimp (about ¼ of a lemon). Sprinkle with chopped parsely. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges.


  • This dish comes together quickly. It’s important to have all the ingredients prepared before heating the skillet, to avoid overcooking the shrimp.
  • Properly cooked shrimp will turn pink and opaque. Remove them from heat as soon as they change color to avoid a chewy texture. (To be safe, use a meat thermometer. Shrimp should reach 145°F before removing from heat.)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 1002mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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