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Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Whip up this garlic butter shrimp for an easy weeknight dinner that is made with fresh shrimp, and a homemade garlic butter sauce that makes this shrimp melt in your mouth. Serve over a bed of rice, pair with your favorite roasted vegetables, or even some risotto. No matter what you serve with this shrimp recipe it is sure to please.

A plate of garlic butter shrimp on a bed of rice.

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When you drizzle fresh lemon juice over the shrimp it will enhance the flavors tremendously. Pair with some crusty bread and slather up the extra sauce on your plate. This is a great recipe for when you have a busy weeknight and are on the hunt for easy dinners.

Want more seafood recipes? If so make sure to try out my jumbo garlic shrimp, Instant Pot jambalaya, or shrimp tacos.

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Ingredients for Oven Baked Shrimp

This is one of the easiest shrimp recipe that I have made. It is great for a quick weeknight dinner when you need something with minimal prep. Just whip it up and drizzle with the garlicky shrimp and ring the dinner bell.

Shrimp, Lemon, Butter, Garlic, Italian Seasoning, Paprika, and Salt on a white surface.
  • Shrimp – You will want to use a pound of shrimp for this recipe. Now you can use large, medium or even jumbo shrimp for this recipe.
  • Butter – Real butter is needed for this recipe, not margarine.
  • Garlic Cloves – Smashed or minced garlic is what you will need for this recipe.
  • Italian Seasoning – So for this recipe I used an Italian seasoning blend to help elevate the flavor of the shrimp.
  • Paprika – The paprika adds a nice color but also a hint of flavor to the shrimp.
  • Salt – You will use salt to bring out flavors but also flavor to taste at the end.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice pairs perfectly with the shrimp. You will find it really brings out tons of flavor to the shrimp.

How To Make Garlic Butter Shrimp

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of creating garlic butter shrimp.

Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then prep your 8×8 baking dish and set it aside.

Step Two: Now, you will add your shrimp to the baking dish and spread in an even layer. (Photo 1)

Step Three: Then in a small saucepan you will add butter, and garlic and melt down until it becomes fragrant. This takes just a couple of minutes. (Photo 2)

Step Four: Stir in the seasonings and then once well mixed pour over the shrimp. (Photos 3 & 4)

Collage of cooked garlic butter shrimp on a casserole and on a bed of rice.

Step Five: Place the shrimp in the oven and cook until it is no longer pink. Once it is done drizzle with fresh lemon juice and serve how you would like. (Photos 5 & 6)

Garlic butter shrimp with rice on a steel blue plate.

How To Store Leftovers

Refrigerate any shrimp you do not eat right away. It needs to be stored in an airtight container. The seafood will last 1-2 days in the fridge. Then just eat leftover shrimp cold or warm it up if you would like.

To warm the shrimp up, you can warm up in a skillet, or heat in the microwave.

Tips from our Recipe Developer

  • You can add in a splash of chicken broth to richen the sauce even more.
  • Top with fresh chopped parsley to add depth of flavor but also a gorgeous presentation value.
  • Ensure you do a single layer of shrimp in the baking dish, or it will not cook evenly.
  • If you use unsalted butter add salt to the dish. If you use salted butter, then omit the salt in recipe.
  • The shrimp thaws quickly when it is ran under cold water. Do this if you are working with frozen shrimp. That way you get an even cook on this quick meal.
  • Spice up the shrimp with some red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or a splash of hot sauce.
  • Richen the sauce even more with a splash of your favorite dry white wine.
  • Fresh garlic and fresh herbs truly enhance the flavor of the shrimp as it bakes.
  • Top with some black pepper and extra sauce and a splash of lemon juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the recipe double well?

Use a 9×13 pan and feel free to double the recipe to create a larger batch of this lemon garlic shrimp. It is great for serving up guests, or just your family. It is a quick recipe I always keep on hand for those nights I don’t want to cook.

Is this a low carb recipe?

You will find this is considered a low carb or keto friendly recipe as it is minimal carbohydrates to be made. So don’t wait and try out this shrimp for a perfect quick dinner.

Plate of garlic butter shrimp over rice.

What to serve with baked shrimp

Serve your shrimp with a side of cauliflower rice, cilantro-lime rice, risotto, or even dill pasta salad. Or, if you want to keep it simple, roast up some vegetables to go along with it.

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Garlic butter shrimp on a bed of rice.
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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Try my delicious and buttery garlic butter shrimp. Pan seared seasoned shrimp that is smothered in a garlic butter sauce recipe.



  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (177 °C)
  • Place shrimp in an even layer in an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in seasoning, then remove from heat and pour over the shrimp.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice over shrimp and serve.


Shrimp Size – Depending on the size of the shrimp the cook time will vary. Make sure to watch the time of the shrimp being cooked. 
Seasoning – You can change up how you season the shrimp if you want. Just change up the seasonings and pair with the butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
Peeling Shrimp – You are more than welcome to peel the shrimp before you bake the shrimp in the oven. If you do so, adjust the cook time and remove when done. 
 Lemon Zest – For added flavor do some lemon zest on top of the shrimp. When doing zest make sure to only grate the yellow portion not the white portion, as it can make the zest bitter.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 205kcal (10%) Carbohydrates: 2g (1%) Protein: 23g (46%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 213mg (71%) Sodium: 516mg (22%) Potassium: 331mg (9%) Fiber: 0.3g (1%) Sugar: 0.3g Vitamin A: 398IU (8%) Vitamin C: 5mg (6%) Calcium: 90mg (9%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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