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Garlic Shrimp

Looking for something quick and delicious to serve while entertaining? This garlic shrimp dish is for you! The shrimp takes in all the wonderful flavours of the garlic and has a bit of zip with the added chilli flakes. Not only is this a stellar appetizer, but it can be served with rice or salad as a meal.

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

Total Time: 10 minutes

Garlic Shrimp


1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
¼ teaspoon red chilli flakes
1 pound shrimp, 16 to 20 count, peeled, deveined and tail left on
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
4 lemon wedges


  1. Melt butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and chilli flakes, cook and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add shrimp and a pinch of salt; cook and stir until shrimp is pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in parsley, plate and season with lemon wedges.

If you like this garlic shrimp recipe, you’ll also love my Grilled Shrimp Cocktail.

Garlic Shrimp Tips:

  • When it comes to the shrimp, what does a “16/20 count” mean?  It means there are 16 to 20 shrimps per pound.
  • Thaw frozen shrimp in a bowl in the fridge overnight.  If you’re in a hurry, place shrimp in a colander under cold running water until thawed.
  • Shrimp cooks VERY quickly. Keep a watchful eye on the shrimp and be sure to have everything you need ready before you cook the shrimp.
  • Shrimp is cooked when it goes from translucent to opaque and pink. Take the shrimp off the heat a few seconds before you think they are done so they don’t over cook. As they’re taken off the heat and are resting, they’ll continue to cook.