Rating: 4.59 stars
487 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 336
  • 4 star values: 117
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 4

My favorite way to dazzle in a hurry, these shrimp take minutes to make. Full of flavor, they take the center stage at any meal, but I am also known to throw them in a fresh garden salad as well. I do tend to always use the largest shrimp I can get my hands on, they seem to have the best flavor to them! Once complete, feel free to serve immediately over pasta, with warm crusty bread and a garden salad, or with a rice dish. This one compliments them all!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
2 pounds
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat; cook and stir the garlic in the oil until translucent. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and paprika into the oil. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Pour the lemon juice over the shrimp; allow to cook until the shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, 1 to 2 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium-low; add the basil and toss lightly. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 25.1g; carbohydrates 2.2g; fat 13.9g; cholesterol 230.4mg; sodium 459.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
SO easy. I used the frozen cooked shrimp to make it even easier. I thawed them and removed the tails then heated them up in the saute pan with red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Really good with some veggies and rice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2010
This recipe was good but not great. The flavor was subtle and I would prefer something more robust. Read More
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487 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 336
  • 4 star values: 117
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
SO easy. I used the frozen cooked shrimp to make it even easier. I thawed them and removed the tails then heated them up in the saute pan with red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Really good with some veggies and rice. Read More
(130)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2009
This was very good. The flavors are balanced and you can even go a little overboard with any of the spices according to taste and not ruin anything. In my case, I added a bit more lemon juice and basil as I like that combination a lot. I made some stir fried veggies on the side and used the same recipe on those meant for the shrimp. Both then went on top of some pasta and it was awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2009
Just a note, this recipe is best when using patially peeled and deveined shrimp, it helps keep the flavor soaked in! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2009
I had a craving for shrimp lemon and pasta but didn't want to go the shrimp scampi route tonight. My boyfriend and I were very pleased with this dish! I served it over sauteed pasta (olive oil sea salt & cracked black pepper). Everything was fabulous I had to create an account to tell you!! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2010
Fantastic shrimp! This recipe is a keeper. I did have to tone the zippiness down a little for us though. I used only 1 tsp. paprika and 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. This was just right. I also added 1/4 cup dry white wine with the lemon juice. This made a nice sauce to serve it over pasta. Fresh basil is a must for this recipe. Absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
I made this for a cocktail party as an appetizer. I was still working the grill when my wife informed me that all four pounds of shrimp were gone. From what I've heard they were fantastic and I can guarantee you that my guests raved about them. Even my kids asked if I could make it again because they didn't get enough. The only changed that I made was to cook these on the grill and the flavor the char adds made these incredible (so I'm told) Good luck and enjoy! I wish I got to. I wrote a similar review for Spicy Grilled Shrimp in error... these are the REAL DEAL. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2009
This dish quickly became one our favorite shrimp meals. My hubby now requests this pretty often. I've tried this with both large and small shrimp and the large shrimp is definitely the way to go. The smaller shrimp SEVERELY dumbs down the flavor and nobody wants that. Also, it was a tad too spicy for me (perfect for my husband) so I now use 1/4 tsp of pepper flakes and he can pour on as many as he likes on his plate afterwards :). For shrimp, we also always buy deveined and preferably with tails off for less work and its perfect if you're short on time. Also, for us, there wasn't enough sauce to really seep into the pasta, so I kept all as is except used 1 pound of shrimp instead of 2 and poured it over 1 pound of pasta (equivalent to doubling the sauce). Don't be scared with so many seasonings in this...it works beautifully. Delicious, easy and is ready in such a short time it deserves all 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2009
fast and easy. I used a lot less lemon juice than the recipe asked for probably about 4 Tablespoons or so. I also added a lot more salt than I usually use. When the lemon juice is added to the butter and oil it makes a very nice sauce. I served over steamed rice with broccoli and poured the sauce over all. We also ate thai hot chili garlic sauce with it. A very adaptable recipe I'll use again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2011
First let me say that Hubs and my heat tolerance level with spices is Coward. That said I eliminated the cayenne pepper altogether and we found this zippy enough without it. Besides I used a nice smoky paprika (Penzey s) which gave this all the flavor we needed. I expected to dislike it actually thinking the amount of paprika would be more than we d prefer but it was right on. The basil gave this a nice clean fresh finish. I served this over lobster ravioli but a rice pilaf or pasta with garlic and olive oil would have been nice too. Zucchini Provencale also from this site completed our meal. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2010
This recipe was good but not great. The flavor was subtle and I would prefer something more robust. Read More
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