Quick Garlic Butter Shrimp

This quick garlic butter shrimp is one of my most requested shellfish recipes.  Making this feels like cheating because it’s delicious and deeply flavored, yet easy and quick to make. Therefore, it’s an ideal appetizer for holidays, parties, and game days.

The sauce is made with unsalted butter and garlic powder (no chopping).  As a result of the cooking method, the butter forms a brown butter sauce with a complex nutty, toasted flavor and aroma.  If you’ve never tried a brown butter sauce, do yourself a favor and try this.  

Memorable food experiences come when your taste buds and senses are heightened.  Undeniably, this deep-flavored butter sauce with a nutty profile will win you and your guests over.


cooked garlic butter shrimp with tails on in a browned butter sauce and garnished with roughly chopped parsley

Providers and Quality

Sourcing quality ingredients will take your cooking, grilling, and smoking to new levels. Prem Meats is my local market.  I purchase specialty cuts of meat from them because they consistently deliver high-quality products, and they’re good people. ; )  Last week, on a whim, I picked up two New York Strips, cooked them to 130 degrees, and then finished them on a high sear.  They were remarkable!! My husband and I are still talking about them.

Now, let’s get back to shrimp.  Because I live in the Midwest (USA), I purchase frozen shrimp from select waters worldwide.  I go for the best varieties I can find while ensuring they’re reasonably priced.  I keep an eye on additives as most preservatives used in processing shrimp add a salty or, at times, a chemical flavor.  This sadly masks the shrimp’s natural buttery, sweet, salty flavor.  

With all this in mind, my everyday go-to brand is Premier Gold Natural Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp.  They are the perfect shrimp for this recipe!  They’re sustainably sourced in the Gulf of Mexico and then processed and frozen without artificial preservatives, antibiotics, or sulfites.  Prem Meats now carries these shrimp in their frozen section!  

Build relationships with your local butchers and markets, and they can be helpful partners in providing the cuts and products that will up your cooking game and keep you coming back for more.    

Note: If you can only find shrimp with preservatives where you live, taste them after cooking and adjust the salt in your recipes accordingly.

cooked garlic butter shrimp with tails on in a browned butter sauce and garnished with roughly chopped parsley

Quick Garlic Butter Shrimp

Foodie de Froid
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
These flavorful shrimps are addictive! They are quick to make yet pack a huge flavor punch from the brown butter sauce.
5 from 1 vote


  • 18 each shrimp 16-20 per pound - thawed, peeled. and deveined with the tail left on
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley roughly chopped


  • Preheat medium skillet to medium heat
  • Add all of the butter and slowly heat stirring until light brown in color (4-5 minutes)
    4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Once light brown in color, add the garlic powder and salt and swirl until mixed in.
    2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • Add shrimp to the butter mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side stirring frequently to ensure all the shrimp are cooking evenly.
    18 each shrimp
  • Pour the shrimp with the sauce into a serving bowl. Garnish with parsley and serve.
    1 tbsp parsley


Make-ahead:  Thaw, peel and devein your frozen shrimp ahead of time.  Then place them in a plastic bag in a bowl 1/2 filled with ice cubes in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.  When it's time to snack, you will be ready to serve your hot delicious shrimp in 10 minutes!  
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 73


Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 21mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.03gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword appetizer, gameday, garlic shrimp, holiday, party, shrimp scampi, superbowl
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De Froid Tip: Contrast & Texture

When choosing your serving vessel, consider the colors and textures that will highlight your dish.  In this example, serve your garlic butter shrimp in a smooth, deep, dark-colored bowl.  This results in a dramatic presentation highlighting the bright colors and textures of the shrimp while keeping them warm.  Garnish with large slices of parsley for a beautiful tri-color effect. 

These shrimp can also be skewered with individual appetizer picks.  If you go this route, serve the skewered shrimp in a small glass or bowl to catch that mouth-watering deep-flavored sauce.

cooked garlic butter shrimp with tails on in a browned butter sauce and garnished with roughly chopped parsley

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