Lemon-Garlic Shrimp


Lemon-garlic shrimp is a delicious appetizer that's perfect to throw together before a last-minute party. Or, serve this fresh, citrusy seafood over rice or pasta and make it a main dish on a busy weeknight when you're short on time.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Ready to dive into a mouthwateringly tangy seafood dish? Try this top-rated lemon garlic shrimp recipe for a boldly savory taste of the sea any time. Lemon juice, crushed red pepper, and fresh parsley infuse this shrimp dish with loads of zesty flavor that you're sure to love. Make lemon garlic shrimp a part of your rotation for an incredibly easy and delicious dinner even when you're pressed for time.

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Succulent, spicy, and slightly acidic shrimp makes a quick and filling meal. You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe:

Begin by heating oil in a large skillet. Add in shrimp, smashed garlic, red pepper flakes, and other seasonings then cook until the shrimp's flesh is opaque. Reduce heat and incorporate lemon juice, zest, and bright fresh parsley.

Quickly remove lemon garlic shrimp from heat to avoid overcooking. Garnish with additional parsley for a delicious pop of color and serve.

What to Serve With Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Lemon garlic shrimp make a natural partner to pastas like linguini, orzo, and penne. Simple sides with fresh ingredients also work — try a Mediterranean-inspired grain bowl or creamy cucumber salad.

Serve lemon garlic shrimp with simple dishes that come together quickly to ensure a perfectly timed meal with tantalizing flavors.

How to Store Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Cooked shrimp can be refrigerated and enjoyed for two to three days. Make sure to refrigerate lemon garlic shrimp within two hours of cooking for maximum freshness. Use shallow, airtight containers or aluminum foil to wrap your seafood.

Can You Freeze Lemon Garlic Shrimp?

Extend the life of your deliciously garlicky shrimp by freezing them in heavy-duty bags and storing them for up to three months. Thaw shrimp in the refrigerator for best results.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Absolutely fabulous!" raves reviewer Natalie. "I doubled the ingredients with two lbs. of medium shrimp and finished the sauce at the end with a couple of tablespoons of butter. Amazing flavor — will definitely make again!"

"This was easy, quick, and had great flavor," shares Allstar Deb C.

"We always make the recipe as presented the first time," shares home cook Dovetl. "Will definitely make again just pull back a little on the red pepper and the Old Bay, though not a lot."

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 16 large shrimp - peeled, deveined, and tails on, or more to taste

  • 3 large cloves garlic, smashed, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®), or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    a top down view of all ingredients to make tangy lemon garlic shrimp

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  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp, garlic, and pepper flakes all at once and stir together. Add seafood seasoning, salt, and black pepper and mix until combined.

    a top down view of seasoned shrimp cooking in a skillet.

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  3. Cook and stir until shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is opaque, 3 to 5 minutes.

    cooked shrimp in a skillet with chili flakes and fresh garlic

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  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in parsley, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

    a close up of lemon garlic shrimp topped with fresh parsley and lemon zest still in the skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

76 Calories
1g Fat
2g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 173mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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