Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skillet

By Rena |

This lemon garlic shrimp skillet is packed with flavor, easy to put together, and great as an appetizer to serve guests, or served as a main dish, and takes just 20 minutes of your time to make!

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Serve these flavorful juicy lemon garlic shrimp alongside some noodles or zoodles, cauliflower rice, or veggies. Perfectly tender and juicy shrimp with each bite and loaded with flavor. These pan-fried shrimps are tossed in a lemon garlic seasoning and takes just 15-20 minutes to prepare and get dinner on the table. Add over your favorite salad for a wholesome meal option. You can’t go wrong with this easy shrimps recipe and it will be one of your all-time favorite and go-to recipe. Also, this recipe is low in carbs, high in protein, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.

Why this recipe is perfect

  • Easy: It really can’t get any easier to prepare a delicious shrimp dinner for you and your family. Lots of options to serve it with as well when it comes to pairing it with side dishes.
  • Delicious: This garlic lemon shrimp recipe is loaded with flavor to satisfy those taste buds. Perfectly tender and juicy shrimps with each bite.
  • Healthy: Low in fat and carbs and high in protein, this recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients.

close up view of sautéed lemon shrimp

Ingredients you will need

Raw shrimps
Garlic cloves
Salt and ground pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Lemon, plus juice of 1 lemon
White wine vinegar
Water or broth
Freshly chopped curly parsley, for garnish, optional
Crushed red pepper flakes, or to your taste, also optional to garnish.

ingredients to make the lemon shrimp
How to make this easy shrimp skillet

  • First, peel and devein the shrimps and place them to a mixing bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and stir in minced garlic. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Next, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimps and cook stirring frequently until shrimp starts to curl about 2-3 minutes.
  • Then, add lemon juice, lemon slices, vinegar, water/broth, and simmer for 2 minutes more until the shrimp is fully cooked and opaque.
  • Remove from the heat, transfer to a serving dish. Finally, garnish with chopped parsley and red pepper flakes.

collage of raw shrimp on the left and raw shrimp on skillet

FAQ’s and tips

  • Shrimps: not fond of shrimps? use chicken breast or steak bites
  • Lemon or lime
  • Also, if you are pressed for time, you don’t have to marinate the shrimps but recommended to do so.
  • Jazz the dish up with some added veggies like zucchini, asparagus, green beans, or broccoli, and cook it all in one pan.
  • Serve it with noodles (zoodles), rice or Cauliflower rice, veggies, potatoes like this Hasselback potatoes, or top over salad.
  • Use any oil. Avocado or any other oil will work.
  • Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. Lastly, you can freeze for up to 3 months in a tightly sealed container.

 

How long does it take for shrimps to sautee

Shrimps typically need about 5-7 minutes to cook over medium heat. For a perfectly tender and juicy shrimp, you should not overcook shrimps or they will get rubbery and chewy. Then, after the shrimps curl up and turn orange in color, cook for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Can you sautee already cooked shrimps

It is fine to use already cooked shrimps. It will not require you to cook the shrimps to reach a certain temperature or to cook at a certain amount of time. So it will need less time to cook the shrimps just until they are charred or browned and heated through.

Can I sautee frozen shrimps

You can certainly use frozen shrimps when cooking or planning to sautee shrimps. It is best to thaw the shrimps in a colander ahead and rice well before cooking it. Also, if you must use the shrimps while frozen, still go ahead and rinse the shrimps first to remove any grits and hard shells and transfer to pan.

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What to serve with this sauteed garlic lemon shrimp

top view of garlic shrimps

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skillet

Easy and delicious Sauteed shrimp in a lemon and garlic sauce.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinade: 30 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced, plus juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp water or broth
  • Freshly chopped curly parsley for garnish
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or to your taste

Instructions

  • Peel and devein the shrimps and place them to a mixing bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and stir in minced garlic. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimps and cook stirring frequently until shrimp starts to curl about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon slices, vinegar, water/broth, and simmer for 2 minutes more until the shrimp is fully cooked and opaque.
  • Remove from the heat, transfer to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and red pepper flakes.

Notes

Substitutes:
  • Shrimps: not fond of shrimps? use chicken breast or steak bites
  • Lemon or lime
  • Use any oil. Avocado or any other oil will work.
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3 months in a tightly sealed container.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 3mg
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