This is one of those recipes that never gets old, and for good reason! The combination of lemon juice, butter, garlic, and fresh shrimp (or frozen or pre-cooked) is truly heavenly. Sautéed on the stovetop, the lightly seasoned shrimp is ready in minutes and perfect over noodles (or zoodles), rice and more.

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Making This Easy Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Sometimes the simple recipes are the best. This garlic butter shrimp is easy to make and is so flavorful and fragrant.

  • Cook the aromatics in butter for a few minutes to soften
  • Add in more butter, lemon juice and seasonings and simmer the sauce
  • Cook the shrimp in the sauce for a few minutes

Don’t forget to serve the shrimp with a bunch of the sauce spooned on top!

Also, if you love this recipe, you have to try our easy blackened shrimp recipe and these easy shrimp skewers.

Angled image of garlic butter shrimp in a skillet. Topped with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.

Make it With Any Shrimp (Fresh, Frozen, Pre-Cooked)

We like to use pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe because it makes it so easy! All you have to do is heat everything up and it’s done and on the table in no time. You can also make it with fresh or frozen shrimp.

Fresh shrimp – Just follow the recipe and cook the shrimp for about 5-6 minutes total, flipping halfway.

Frozen shrimp – Again, just follow the recipe but allow the shrimp to cook slightly longer, until it’s pink on the outside and opaque throughout.

Overhead close up of skillet full of garlic butter shrimp sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

How to Serve This Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Some ideas:

  • Over regular, gluten-free or zucchini noodles
  • With rice or cauliflower rice
  • With some steamed, sautéed or roasted veggies
  • As a delicious appetizer, just add toothpicks!
Overhead image of a garlic butter shrimp served over zoodles in a bowl with a fork. Shrimp is sprinkled with chopped cilantro on top. Extra shrimp and lemon wedges on the side.

Your Turn to Make This Easy Shrimp Recipe

Grab your shrimp and whip up this quick and easy recipe! You’ll love how simple and tasty it is with such a delicious, buttery sauce.

If you try it, be sure to leave a rating and comment below and let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, we love to see what you’re cooking!

Overhead image of a skillet with garlic butter shrimp. A serving spoon dug in, and topped with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.
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Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (Twist of Lemon!)

This is the easiest stovetop shrimp recipe. The combination of garlic, butter, lemon, and fresh shrimp (or frozen or pre-cooked) is truly heavenly.


  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp butter, (can sub ghee for Whole30)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock, (or you can substitute dry white wine)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, (optional if you like a little spice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Rice, noodles or veggies


  • Heat a large pan over medium heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add in 1 tbsp. of the butter to melt. Once the butter has melted add in the shallot to cook, stirring occasionally. Cook until the shallot softens and becomes translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Add in the garlic, cook for about two minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Next, add in the remaining butter, lemon juice, chicken stock and red pepper flakes, if using. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stirring frequently, simmer the sauce for 3-4 minutes until it cooks down a little.
  • Add in the shrimp to warm up for a couple of minutes. If using fresh shrimp, cook until the shrimp just turns pink throughout, about 5 minutes total (flipping halfway).
  • Serve the garlic butter shrimp with a few spoonfuls of sauce.

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Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (Twist of Lemon!)Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp (Twist of Lemon!)