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Best garlic butter shrimp recipe (garlic prawns) in a cast iron pan with lemon wedges.
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Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe | Garlic Prawns

Garlic butter shrimp is a quick and easy-to-make shrimp recipe with an amazing flavor combination of garlic, butter, and a hint of lemon (lime). This garlic prawn is ready in less than 25 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Kushi


  • Cast-iron pan


  • 12 oz Shrimp or Prawns, peeled, deveined, tail on
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder (optional)

Garlic butter Sauce

  • 8 to 10 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne powder or Red chile powder
  • 1 Lime juice or lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime or lemon
  • 2 tablespoon Parsley or Cilantro/Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Chicken stock or any stock of your choice, check tips


Cook shrimp

  • In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, melt butter. Add salt and black pepper powder.
    2 tablespoon Butter, ¼ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • Add the shrimp and cook on each side for about 1 or 2 minutes or until it curls up and turns pink. Set aside on a plate.
    12 oz Shrimp

Making of garlic butter sauce

  • In the same skillet on medium flame, melt butter.
    4 tablespoon Butter
  • Then add chopped garlic, and saute until garlic turns light brown and fragrant. This should take 2 to 5 minutes in medium or medium-low flame.
    8 to 10 cloves Garlic
  • Next, add salt, cayenne, zest of lime, lime juice, parsley, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and let it reduce to half.
    ¼ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon Cayenne powder, 1 Lime juice, Zest of 1 lime or lemon, 2 tablespoon Parsley, ¼ cup Chicken stock
  • Add the cooked shrimp and mix until well coated in the garlic butter sauce.
  • Serve with lime wedges and finely chopped parsley.


  • Feel free to substitute cayenne with chili powder.
  • You can use a chicken bouillon with ¼ cup of water instead of chicken stock.

What to serve with garlic butter shrimp?

Today I have served garlic butter shrimp with avocado flatbread. You can serve garlic butter shrimp or garlic prawns with

Storage suggestions

Leftovers: garlic butter shrimp tastes the best when served fresh. If there are leftovers, you can store them for 2 to 3 days in an airtight conatiner.
Freezer: Once the cooked shrimp cools completely, place it in freezer bags for three months. When ready to serve, take them directly from the freezer and add it to the pan for heating.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 761IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg