I love this simple, quick and easy Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp recipe. This pan-fried shrimp is tossed with an easy Italian seasoning and then 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 is inspired by our most popular fish recipe on our blog, the buttered cod.

Simple garlic butter sautéed shrimp recipe in a black skillet topped with fresh greens.

Sauteed Shrimp Recipe-

Okay, so this recipe can’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.

Sauteed 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. The seasoning is made out of-

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

Raw shrimp in a bowl with the best seasoning.

How to Saute Shrimp-

This garlic sauteed 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. Then 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 creamy 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 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 sauteed 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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Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp

Author: Valentina
4.95 from 94 votes
The easiest recipe for cooking shrimp. The shrimp is sauteed in garlic butter and lemon sauce and completely ready in 10 minutes. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 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.


320kcal Calories1g Carbs23g Protein24g Fat14g Saturated Fat346mg Cholesterol1175mg Sodium90mg Potassium850IU Vitamin A5.1mg Vitamin C181mg Calcium2.6mg Iron
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.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)