Garlic Herb Shrimp is a simple seafood recipe that is bursting with flavor. Whether you pair these with pasta, tacos, or over a bed of rice, you’ll want to make this recipe all the time!
This recipe for Garlic Herb Shrimp is savory, buttery, and oh so easy to make. Some seafood, like shrimp, can be intimidating to cook. Luckily, this is a great starter recipe for anyone who is new to cooking shrimp. This is an easy and amazing dish cooked on the stovetop. No oven required. It comes together so quickly and it is so tasty!
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE FOR COOKING SHRIMP?
There are a few simple rules to live by when cooking shrimp. If you stick to these few and steadfast rules, then cooking this succulent shellfish will become second nature.
Raw Shrimp: When cooking raw shrimp, make sure you properly soak them in cold water beforehand to get off anything that you don’t want in your dish. It’s crucial that you make sure each shrimp is deveined before cooking.
Frozen shrimp: If you decide to use frozen shrimp for your recipe make sure that you allow proper time for it to thaw out before cooking. Otherwise, the shrimps won’t cook evenly in your skillet.
Tails on or off: If you are eating shrimp as a finger food or appetizer, I recommend keeping the tails on. This allows you to grab on to something while you eat it. If it is going into a dish like pasta or over rice, I suggest taking your tails off. This way you won’t accidently crunch down on something you don’t want to eat.
Fast cook time: Shrimp doesn’t need that much time in the pan to finish cooking. All they need is about 3 to 4 minutes in a hot pan and they should be perfect. As soon as they start to slightly curl and turn an opaque pink color, they are done! Remove from heat as they will continue to cook even after the heat has been turned off. If you leave them on too long, then they will become rubbery. No one likes a rubbery shrimp.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE GARLIC HERB SHRIMP?
The following is the complete list of ingredients needed to make these succulent shrimps:
- 1-pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Garlic (minced)
- Lemon zest
- Salt and black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Lemon juice
- Freshly chopped parsley
HOW DO I COOK THE SHRIMP?
Heat butter in a large skillet until it starts to foam. This takes a couple of minutes. If you have a cast iron skillet, this is the perfect recipe to use it with. It will give the shrimp that much more flavor.
Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add shrimp to skillet. Sprinkle shrimp with basil, oregano, lemon zest, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are pink. This only takes about 4 minutes. Shrimp cooks very fast so make sure to not take your eye off them. Remove skillet from heat, then pour lemon juice and fresh parsley all over shrimp. Gently stir and then serve immediately!
CAN GARLIC HERB SHRIMP BE SERVED ALONE?
This recipe is very versatile! These shrimps are great served alone dipped into a side of cocktail sauce, or as a main course with rice and veggies. You can also add them on a delicious salad. I have also used this recipe for taco night in the Lofthouse. A warm tortilla with a few shrimps scattered throughout hits the spot. They would also be great as a pairing for fajitas. The number of possibilities with this recipe is as limitless as your imagination.
HOW MANY SERVINGS DOES GARLIC HERB SHRIMP MAKE?
This recipe serves two, but it can easily be doubled or tripled if you have more people to feed. Be sure to cook the shrimp in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan. If you are planning on making more than 3 servings for a larger crowd, make sure that your guests are snacking on the shrimp before you finish cooking all of the batches. Shrimp is best served hot and fresh right out of the pan.
ENJOY THIS RECIPE? HERE ARE A FEW MORE OF MY FAVORITE SHRIMP RECIPES!
Shrimp Tortellini Alfredo – Tender shrimps in a savory and creamy Alfredo sauce with perfectly al dente pasta.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas – Fresh veggies including bell peppers and onions with a myriad of spices bring together this authentic and healthy shrimp dinner.
Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp – Feel the island breeze as you enjoy this tropical and savory shrimp recipe.
Shrimp Taco Bites – All your favorite elements of a shrimp taco brought together in one crunchy and satisfying bite.
Garlic Herb Shrimp
- 3 Tablespoons salted butter
- 1 pound large shrimp (21 – 25 count per pound), peeled and deveined
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- Heat the butter in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, until it starts to foam. Add the minced garlic to the butter. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add the shrimp to the hot skillet. Sprinkle the basil, oregano, lemon zest, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes onto the shrimp. Stir and cook until shrimps are pink and opaque; about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, then pour the lemon juice and chopped parsley all over shrimp. Gently toss to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!