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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Portuguese-Style Recipe

This Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is a symphony of flavors where plump shrimp meets aromatic garlic and buttery richness.

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1 pound or 450 g shrimp
3 oz or 75 g butter
1 head garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup arugula
1 lemon(s)
1 teaspoon paprika
8 pieces bread
to taste salt

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8 pieces
Serving Size
26.7 g
29.8 g
5.2 g
13 g
Saturated Fat
0.6 g
285 mg
0.8 g
412 mg
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      About the Recipe


      This Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is a symphony of flavors where plump shrimp meets aromatic garlic and buttery richness.

      Garlic Butter Shrimp on a plate with bread toasts.

      Imagine succulent shrimp tenderly coated in a rich, garlicky butter sauce, offering a delightful balance of savory and buttery flavors. So good! 🙂

      There are a few creative ways to serve this shrimp recipe. I prefer to serve shrimp on a big plate with arugula, rustic bread toasted in olive oil, and fresh lemon slices. Appetizing and easy, right ?!

      If you want to keep the shrimp hot, serve it in a pan, for example, a Dutch oven – it will keep the temperature warm or even hot for quite some time.

      And, you can add fresh bread with arugula on top, too.

      If you don’t like arugula, you can skip it. Instead, you can chop parsley and sprinkle it on top. It will give a nice color and delicious taste.

      What is the best season to make this recipe?

      While the Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe can be enjoyed throughout the year. It is a perfect shrimp recipe for any party gathering!

      What are the health benefits of this dish?

      Despite its rich and buttery allure, this seafood platter offers a surprising number of health benefits.

      Shrimp is an excellent source of protein, low in calories and fat, and packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus.

      Garlic, a culinary powerhouse, is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, while butter, when consumed in moderation, can provide a healthy dose of Vitamin A and Vitamin E.

      Where can I buy the required ingredients?

      The ingredients for Garlic Butter Shrimp are available at most grocery stores and supermarkets.

      For instance, fresh shrimp can be found in the seafood section, while garlic, butter, and the accompanying arugula and lemon are usually in the produce aisle.

      Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

      While the classic Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe calls for specific ingredients, certain substitutions can accommodate dietary restrictions or personal preferences.

      Olive oil can be substituted for butter, and lemon juice can be added for a hint of citrusy brightness.

      Additionally, various herbs such as dill, oregano, or thyme can enhance the flavor profile.

      Garlic Butter Shrimp in a skillet pan.

      Can I make this dish to be part of a menu?

      Certainly! If you are in the mood for a seafood dinner, I give you a full menu. 🙂

      For an appetizer, you can start with my Garlic Butter Shrimp.

      You can serve Octopus in Port Wine or Portuguese-Style Mussels as your main dish. In case, you need any meat dish, you can make  Meat Roulette, Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Rice, or Veal Patties.

      Then, serve my exquisite Strawberry Panna Cotta, or Kiwi Pavlova for dessert. If you enjoy apples, try my  Apple Cinnamon Cake! So good! 🙂

      Which drinks pair well with this dish?

      The versatility of Garlic Butter Shrimp extends to its beverage pairings.

      A crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay complements the dish’s buttery richness with its refreshing acidity, while a light Pinot Noir or Rosé adds a touch of elegance and depth.

      For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon provides a refreshing counterpoint to the dish’s savory flavors.

      How long can I store the leftovers?

      Properly stored, leftover Garlic Butter Shrimp can be refrigerated for up to two days.

      To maintain its freshness, transfer the cooled shrimp and sauce to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy, gently reheat the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through.

      Recipe Tips & Tricks

      1. Ensure the shrimp are thoroughly deveined and cleaned to remove any grit or impurities.

      2. Use high-quality butter for optimal flavor. Unsalted butter allows for better control of seasoning.

      3. Sauté the shrimp until they turn opaque and pink, avoiding overcooking to prevent them from becoming rubbery.

      4. Garnish the dish with fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or dill for a burst of freshness and visual appeal.

      This Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes to try! You don’t need to spend a lot of time. In 20 minutes, you will have a perfect appetizer at home!

      Garlic Butter Shrimp on a plate.

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      2 min

      Prepare ingredients

      Prepare all ingredients on a table. Peel garlic, wash arugula, slice lemon.

      5 min

      Make toasts

      Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
      Place bread slices on a baking sheet, brush each piece with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted.

      5 min

      Prepare shrimp

      Gently slice the shrimp. Remove the dark vein that runs along the back of the shrimp.
      Rinse the shrimp under cold running water to remove any debris.

      5 min

      Cook shrimp

      Meanwhile, In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until pink and opaque.
      Add garlic and paprika. Toss to coat shrimp. Add butter and toss. Season with salt, just a little. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until garlic is fragrant and butter is melted.

      2 min

      Assemble plate

      Decorate the plate with arugula, lemon slices and bread. You can serve garlic butter shrimp with freshly squeezed lemon. Alternatively, top with shrimp and a bowl of sauce in the middle.

      1 min


      Your Garlic Butter Shrimp is ready. Enjoy!



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