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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Garlic butter shrimp is one of those keto shrimp recipes that you’ll make again and again – so easy and bursting with flavor! 

Everyone thinks that food bloggers must eat such fancy dinners every night.

They imagine all this 5 star restaurant quality food coming out of the kitchen for every meal and, well, I don’t want to shatter any illusions you may have, but ha. Hahahaha.

I love good food and I can certainly cook a delicious meal.

Lemon garlic butter shrimp! This recipe takes about 20 minutes and it's perfect over pasta or zoodles.

Also, I am lazy and I love Netflix and laying on the couch while my dog does her weird purr-growl thing at me while I rub her belly.

Sooooo, it’s not all fancy dinners all the time.

In fact, it’s very often easy dinners that take about 20 minutes to make. Netflix isn’t going to watch itself, you know?

Luckily, I’ve gotten really good at making a 20 minute dinner taste like it came from a fancy restaurant. This lemon garlic butter shrimp is one of those recipes, my friends.

lemon garlic shrimp in cast iron skillet

Low carb shrimp recipes are the best, because shrimp cooks so dang fast and easily. Do you make it at home often?

How to make lemon garlic butter shrimp:

I like to use jumbo shrimp for this recipe, but you can use any size you have on hand. Just adjust your cooking time as needed.

Heat up a skillet and add in some butter.

cooking shrimp in cast iron skillet

Once the butter is melted, drop in your shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through. This should take about 5 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp. You’ll know they’re done when they turn a pretty pink.

Remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Drop some minced garlic into your hot pan and stir it around for about 30 seconds. Whisk in some chicken broth and let that reduce for a few minutes, stirring often.

lemon butter sauce in cast iron skillet

Once your chicken broth has reduced down, add some butter. This is going to make the sauce so rich and creamy.

Squeeze in a bit of lemon and add a dash of red pepper. The amount called for won’t really give you a spicy garlic shrimp, but it does give it just a little kick.  Add more or less depending on your tastes. You really can’t mess this up.

Finally, add your shrimp back into the sauce, give it a good stir, and add in some fresh parsley.

You’re done!

Garlic shrimp recipe on white plate

If you’d like to keep this low carb, but go the garlic butter shrimp pasta route (and why wouldn’t you want to do that?), the shrimp is so amazing served over zucchini noodles.

Just spiralize your zucchini, pat it down to remove any excess water, and then toss it in a hot pan with a little olive oil. Cook for about 2 minutes and then drizzle the zoodles with a little of this buttery garlic sauce and top with the shrimp!

This is the spiralizer I use and I love it. (affiliate link)

If you like this garlic butter shrimp recipe, let me know in the comment section below. I know that some people are not huge seafood fans, so I’m definitely open to hearing your opinions. More low carb shrimp recipes coming your way, unless I hear otherwise!

For more seafood, check out my lemon baked cod.  And if you’re just really feeling the easy recipes, try these slow cooker chicken wings. They’re tossed in BBQ and you’ll never guess what my low carb BBQ sauce is made of. 🙂

Garlic shrimp in cast iron skillet

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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Ready in 20 minutes, this garlic butter shrimp recipe tastes like a fancy meal but it's easy enough for any night of the week. Serve over zucchini noodles or with a side of steamed broccoli.

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.
  4. Remove shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  5. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the chicken stock and whisk to combine. Simmer until stock has reduced by half about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, and red pepper to the sauce. Stir to melt the butter and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat and return the shrimp to the sauce. Sprinkle the parsley over the top and stir to combine.
  9. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1522mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 27g

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116 thoughts on “Garlic Butter Shrimp”

  1. Marie Cappelli

    Made this recipe tonight. It was delicious
    I am a big seafood fan.
    I eat mostly fish
    Please give us more seafood recipes
    Thank You
    Marie Cappelli

  2. Penny Snyder

    Thank you for the Keto recipe. On my menus for the weekend after Thanksgiving. We will be tired of leftovers and this appears to easy breezy; perfect so I don’t have to stand in front of the stove for long. Plus I have everything I need to make it. PLease send more recipes so we can try them. After a while Keto gets boring. But very successful in losing weight.

  3. mobasir hassan

    A must have recipe to share , delicious and healthy. You did a great piece of work , I have made it and all are extremely happy . Thank you .

  4. D-E-V-I-N-E!!! What an excellent recipe and kudos on a great find!!! 5 star – restaurant quality!!!

  5. This is one of the tastiest shrimp dishes we’ve had. We’ve made it a number of times and have, on occasion, used fresh jalapeños instead of red pepper flakes and added mushrooms too, along with parmesan to thicken sauce. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. It’s so good – thanks for posting.

  6. Renee Ann Butler

    This is by far the best recipe I have tried for garlic butter shrimp! Kudos !!

  7. OMG, this is absolutely an amazing dish!!! The flavors are incredible, and it’s just so darn easy and quick. Thank you so much for sharing. I need to check out all your other recipes. Someone mentioned zucchini goulash in the comments. Sounds interesting.

  8. This was so delicious! Served it with a side of roasted veggies and there were no leftovers. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kathy Moore

    Excellent! Please keep these recipes coming. I made this for my husbands bday dinner last night alongside cheese tortellini and small salad. It was delish! love
    the parsley added to the reduction. Thank you for an easy real food recipe. Next time will have the zoodles.


  10. Thank you Karly. I just started the Keto Diet and I stumbled on your recipe. This is outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I made this tonight and it was awesome. What a simple fix for not over cooking the garlic, wish I had thought of it myself. I used extra chicken broth and tossed with angel hair. This will be my go to from now on – thanks!

  12. I/we enjoyed this recipe as well as many of the other recipes that you have posted. They ALL have been AMAZING! Thank you for showing us new ways to enjoy the “old favorites”! I look forward to seeing what you post next.

  13. Sue A Wheeler

    Great recipe. Had my husband do the stirring on the stove. We’ll make this enough so he can become more proficient and Maybe do it all. Because it’s sooo good!! Thank you

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