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Super Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe

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This super easy lemon garlic shrimp recipe is the go-to for a quick, flavorful meal. It’s perfect for a casual dinner or a light one. The combo of lemon and garlic brings a zesty and aromatic flavor, while the green onions and parsley bring freshness and brighten the shrimp.

Garlic and Lemon Shrimp served in a black plate with lemon wedges.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp is the kind of recipe that’s all about keeping things easy and flavors bold. You can whip it up fast whether you want a snappy appetizer or a full-on dinner. It’s super flexible, too—toss it with some pasta, throw it on a salad, or just grab a loaf of crusty bread to scoop up all the good stuff. This dish is a great example of how keeping it simple with a few quality ingredients can really pay off, giving you that fresh, zesty taste without much fuss.

Why This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe Is A Must-Try

  • Quick Cooking Time: Ready in just about 13 minutes, this recipe is the ultimate 20-minute meal for your busy schedule.
  • Versatility: Whether you’re serving it on a bed of zucchini noodles or alongside crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce, this shrimp dish adapts to any setting.

Ingredients For Your Grocery List

Let’s talk ingredients. For the best results, choosing fresh ingredients from your local grocery store is key. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients Collage For Lemon Garlic Shrimp.

Variations of the ingredients

  • Butter: You can replace the olive oil with butter or you can use both of them. Both bring tremendous flavor to the dish.
  • Red pepper flakes: I like to use those sometimes when I want the dish spicier.
  • Paprika: If you prefer this dish with a more Spanish flair, use sweet or smoked paprika. You can remove the green onions and add the paprika instead.

Step By Step Cooking Instructions

Step 1. Prep Your Ingredients: Before we jump into cooking, let’s prep our ingredients. You’ll want your garlic minced, onions thinly sliced, and parsley chopped.

Garlic and green onions chopped collage.

Step 2. Sauté Garlic: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until soft but not browned.

Step 3. Add Green Onions: Toss in the green onions and cook until just tender.

Saute garlic and onions for lemon garlic shrimp.

Step 4. Cook the Shrimp: Add the shrimp, wine, and lemon juice to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and opaque.

Adding shrimp wine and lemon juice to the skillet.

Step 5. Season: Sprinkle with parsley, salt, and pepper to taste.

Adding seasoning and parsley to the skillet.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this lemon garlic shrimp straight from the hot skillet to the dinner table, ideally in a single layer to keep those shrimp juicy and well-coated in the lemon garlic butter sauce. Pair it with light pasta, a quinoa salad, or simply with crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices. It could go well as appetizer or a light dinner.

Try this Orzo Pasta Salad next to the shimp dish.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp With White Wine.

Recipe Faqs

Can I use frozen shrimp for this Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe?

Absolutely, just ensure they’re thoroughly thawed before cooking.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the wine?

Yes, you can use chicken or vegetable broth as a great alternative.

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp With White Wine.

Super Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe

This Super easy to make lemon garlic shrimp recipe is a wonderful dish that can be served by itself with fresh crusty bread or as an appetizers for entertaining.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings 6 servings
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Large skillet


  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 ½ pounds raw shrimp large, peeled and deveined, with tail on
  • 6 green onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons parsley fresh Italian or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to your taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • Optional lemon wedges


  • Before you start cooking, prepare the ingredients. Mince the garlic, Chop the onions, and parsley.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until soft but not browned.
  • Incorporate green onions and cook until just tender.
  • Add shrimp, wine, and lemon juice to the skillet.
  • Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with lemon wedges on the side, if desired.


  • Shrimp Size: Go for large or jumbo shrimp for a wow presentation and to avoid overcooking them too fast.
  • Garlic Tips: Minced garlic can burn easily; keep the heat medium and watch closely during the sautéing step.
  • Wine Selection: A dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio complements the shrimp without overpowering it. Avoid cooking wines, which can be too salty and contain additives.
  • Adjusting Seasonings: Taste and tweak the salt and pepper after cooking, as the shrimp and garlic soak up some flavors.
  • Serving Suggestion: This dish pairs beautifully with light pasta, rice, or a simple salad to make a complete meal.
  • Cooking Time: Avoid overcooking the shrimp; they should turn pink and opaque. Quick cooking keeps them tender.
  • Storage: Have leftovers? Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They’re great for up to two days and make for an easy weeknight meal when you’re short on time.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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