Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp

I love this simple, quick and easy Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp recipe. This pan-fried shrimp is tossed with an easy Italian seasoning sautéed in butter and lemon. Though we often enjoy breaded shrimp such as our Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe, this pan sauteed shrimp is completely ready in 10 minutes, perfect for quick dinners!

The recipe was inspired by our most popular fish recipe on our blog, the Buttered Cod.

Simple garlic butter sautéed shrimp recipe.

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sauteed shrimp recipe-

Okay, so this recipe doesn’t get any easier! Pan sauteed shrimp seasoned with minimal seasonings sauteed in garlic butter and lemon. The perfect balance of flavors that are great to serve for a simple dinner, an appetizer or as a side dish.

Shrimp is a great addition to any meal, it goes wonderful with any other protein. Our Baked Shrimp Salmon and Asparagus is similar to this recipe as it gets its juiciness from the butter and lemon and quick seasoning.

Close up picture of garlic butter sauteed shrimp with a fork.

shrimp seasoning-

Not only do I love cooking with shrimp because it’s so healthy but because it’s so easy to make and so forgiving. The seasoning used for shrimp can be minimal but if cooked right, produces great results. Here’s why this shrimp seasoning is the best, it’s made of-

  • Italian seasoning– a blend of herbs used to flavor many Italian dishes.
  • Salt and pepper– classic seasoning for any dish.
  • Paprika– paprika is just dried pepper that been ground. It adds a hint of smoky mild sweetness.

Try these other SHRIMP recipes:

Raw shrimp in a bowl with the best seasoning.

how to cook shrimp-

This garlic shrimp with butter and seasonings is so easy to make. Once you try it, the recipe will become a regular on the menu.

  1. Devein and remove the tail of shrimp (I kept my tail on b/c they look better in pictures).
  2. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the seasonings. Whisk together the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. In a skillet, add the butter and garlic, saute until the garlic is fragrant (30 seconds – 1 minute), stirring frequently.
  4. Add seasoned shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side over medium heat.
  5. Remove from heat and drizzle freshly squeezed lemon over the entire dish.
  6. ENJOY!

Serve the buttery garlic shrimp with a side of pasta, or mashed potatoes.

Garlic butter sautéed shrimp in a skillet topped with fresh greens and lemon juice.

how long does it take to saute shrimp?

Don’t OVERCOOK the shrimp, it will taste bland and rubbery. The perfect shrimp is cooked between 4 – 6 minutes total, depending on the size of the shrimp. Shrimp is ready when it is no longer opaque and has a light pink color to it.

Shrimp is best if enjoyed immediately.

how to reheat garlic butter shrimp?

This shrimp recipe reheats wonderfully. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, add shrimp to a skillet over low heat until the shrimp is reheated.

I hope you love this easy shrimp recipe as much as we do! Even our kiddos enjoy the shrimp smothered in the lemon butter. It’s the perfect easy dinner.

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5 from 7 votes

Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp

The easiest recipe for cooking shrimp. The shrimp is sauteed in garlic butter and lemon sauce and completely ready in 10 minutes. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sauteed shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, 8 Tbsp
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced



  • Defrost shrimp and completely pat dry.  Devein the shrimp and remove the tail, optional.
  • Combine the ingredients for the seasoning: the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and paprika.
  • In a bowl, coat the shrimp with the seasoning and mix well.
  • In a skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter and garlic, stirring frequently.
  • Add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat and drizzle freshly squeezed lemon, mix to combine.
  • Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 346mg115%
Sodium 1175mg51%
Potassium 90mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 34 Comments
  • Essiemae 12/26/2019, 8:50 pm Link Reply

    This was soooo good and so easy! Made it two nights in a row. There weren’t enough leftovers from night one! Thank you for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/26/2019, 11:15 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Essimae. I’m so glad you enjoyed the sauteed shrimp. Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Pam 12/19/2019, 4:16 pm Link Reply

    I want to make this to top pasta with basil pesto. Do you think the flavors will complement each other?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/19/2019, 7:27 pm Link Reply

      There is too much flavor in the butter, you won’t need the basil pesto. I hope you enjoy the shrimp, Pam.

  • Nancy 12/01/2019, 11:28 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina I really enjoy this recipe. Thank you for sharing your wonderful time with us.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/02/2019, 9:09 am Link Reply

      Thank you for the kind comment, Nancy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the shrimp recipe.

  • Shalia 11/17/2019, 7:26 pm Link Reply

    This dish is D-E-L-I-S-H. Easy ingredients that were easy to assemble. And I couldn’t stop eating these. WOW! This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/18/2019, 5:48 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Shalia. Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try.

  • S 11/14/2019, 10:30 pm Link Reply

    This is so delicious! thank you so much for this recipe. I used this as a stir fry and placed everything into tortilla wraps! Delish!!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/15/2019, 12:34 pm Link Reply

      Oh I love that you used the sauteed shrimp as a stir fry, so smart. Thanks for giving our recipe a try, S. 🙂

  • Maars 09/30/2019, 8:52 pm Link Reply

    This was absolutely delicious. It was so good, my bf went back out and got me another pack of shrimp to make. Will definitely be making this very often! So fast and easy and just amazingly delicious!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/01/2019, 7:56 am Link Reply

      That just makes me so happy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the easy dish, Maars. Stop and try another easy recipe. 🙂

  • Jessica 09/11/2019, 4:51 pm Link Reply

    This is so easy to make and my picky 4 year old loves it! I make it at least one a week with angel hair pasta.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/12/2019, 1:23 pm Link Reply

      Aawww. That just made my day. Thanks for visiting our online home, Jessica. 🙂

  • Charity 05/07/2019, 1:35 pm Link Reply

    You had me at shrimp. but omg that seasoning looks to die for!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/07/2019, 1:42 pm Link Reply

      Enjoy, Charity. The butter and seasoning compliments the shrimp big time.

  • Katerina @ diethood .com 05/07/2019, 11:10 am Link Reply

    I LOVE how easy and delicious this is!! The perfect weeknight meal!!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/07/2019, 1:42 pm Link Reply

      It sure is, and fancy enough for a dinner date ;).

  • Rachael Yerkes 05/07/2019, 10:44 am Link Reply

    Theis juicy shrimp has me drooling! In love!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/07/2019, 1:41 pm Link Reply

      I hope you love the recipe as much as we do, Rachel.

  • Tanya Schroeder 05/07/2019, 7:44 am Link Reply

    This was the best shrimp recipe, it had so much flavor!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/07/2019, 1:41 pm Link Reply

      Thanks Tanya, so glad to hear you enjoyed the sauteed shrimp. 🙂

  • Sophie 09/07/2016, 3:11 am Link Reply

    So easy and delicious. Made it with minced garlic instead of powdered and a bag of seafood mix. Love how practical and straight forward your recipes are! Great for Mums.

    • admin 09/07/2016, 11:39 am Link Reply

      I love hearing that! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  • Irina 09/25/2015, 8:20 pm Link Reply

    Can you leave the marinated shrimp overnight in the fridge?

    • admin 09/26/2015, 12:23 am Link Reply

      Though I have not tried it myself, I don’t see why not:).

  • Natalichka 04/01/2015, 4:20 pm Link Reply

    Can you please post a picture with the igredients, i am personally interested in what kind of italian seasoning did you use? I can never find the right one.

    • admin 04/02/2015, 4:03 pm Link Reply

      Natalichka, Actually I just buy one from a farmer’s market we have nearby, it’s great but doesn’t even have a label on it. Sorry:(.. Next time I am out shopping I will make a note to look at the store to one that is closest to mine, I love it and use it ALL the time. =)

  • Lisa 02/25/2015, 5:42 pm Link Reply

    An easier version of the recipe is to melt the butter on a sheet pan, lay lemons down,add shrimp and sprinkle italian salad dressing on it cook till pink

    • admin 02/25/2015, 11:36 pm Link Reply

      Lisa, Oh that sounds super delish and super easy!! Thank you.:)

  • Olga N. 02/17/2015, 8:29 pm Link Reply

    Made this with mashed potatoes and used extra butter as gravy it was So So good. Like seriously great. We felt like we were at a fancy seafood restaurant. Thank you. Thank you. 🙂

    • admin 02/17/2015, 10:53 pm Link Reply

      Oh so glad u liked it!!. I love the butter too and dip bread into it.. Mmm, soo good.. =)

  • Luba S. 02/17/2015, 7:46 pm Link Reply

    This looks delish!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • admin 02/17/2015, 10:53 pm Link Reply

      Luba, Think u will enjoy it if u like shrimp:).

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