Garlic Butter Shrimp

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With warmer weather approaching, I am constantly thinking about light and fresh dishes to cook for my family. Turning the oven on in warmer months is inevitable sometimes, but we try to limit how much we need to have the oven on as it makes the entire house too warm, and I end up looking like a steamed lobster from all the sweating. Using the stovetop, however, is always an option, especially when sautéing these delicious shrimp for my garlic butter shrimp recipe. I am telling you, you will not find shrimp as tender as this in any other recipe. PERIOD.

What is garlic butter shrimp, anyway?

Simply put, garlic butter shrimp is an easy, simple ingredient recipe for a garlic butter sauce tossed with sautéed shrimp. Making the sauce is just a matter of melting some butter in the same pan with the shrimp, then tossing in finely chopped garlic, letting the shrimp simmer in the sauce, and pairing with whatever sides you desire! This recipe is THAT easy. No fuss, no crazy mess, and essentially just one pan! What's better than that?!

How do I choose the right shrimp for this garlic butter shrimp recipe?

I prefer to buy peeled and deveined shrimp, and I could either buy frozen or fresh, but with fresh I would make the recipe the day of. For shrimp that are already frozen, I let thaw the day of cooking, rinse, pat dry, and they are good to go. Trader Joe's makes amazing Wild Argentinian shrimp that I use for this recipe. Time and time again, the shrimp taste flavorful, juicy, and are SO tender. Truthfully, this recipe makes the most tender shrimp I've ever had.

How do I know when shrimp are finished cooking?

When making shrimp, it's important to stand near the pan when sautéing shrimp as they can go from being perfectly cooked to overdone and chewy in a few moments. Here are some tips from my kitchen:

  1. Cook the shrimp on a lower than medium flame. This keeps the shrimp from over cooking in a shorter amount of time.
  2. When shrimp are finished cooking, they will be opaque, meaning, they will look pink and less see through. This will take usually 5-7 minutes.
  3. Season the shrimp as they cook, and use enough oil to keep the shrimp moist. I find that a touch more oil in the pan helps to keep the shrimp from drying out and becoming chewy.

Cool, so let's make this garlic butter shrimp!

LET"S DO THIS! To start, I like to pat dry my shrimp in some paper towel, and finely chop the garlic ahead of time. I also like to get the butter out of the fridge and ready to toss in the pan once the shrimp are almost done cooking. For this particular recipe, as we are letting the shrimp simmer in the sauce for a little while, we don't need to worry about the shrimp sautéing fully through, as it will finish cooking as it simmers in the delicious garlic butter sauce. So, here's how it's done:

  1. Coat a large frying pan with oil and turn to medium heat.
  2. Sauté the shrimp on a medium flame, cook until opaque. Add your seasoning and toss. In the same pan, add in the butter and sauté garlic until fragrant.
  3. Continue to coat the shrimp by leaning the pan to one side, spoon the butter over the shrimp several times and turn the flame to low.
  4. Let simmer in the sauce for an additional 10 minutes on a low flame, stirring and tossing occasionally. Garnish with basil and plate.

What can I pair this garlic butter shrimp with?

I love making this recipe with bone broth rice, some linguini, or fingerling potatoes. You can easily whip up some garlic mashed potatoes with chives as well, or pair with my adobo roasted brussel sprouts. Trust me when I say that this recipe for garlic butter shrimp does not need a large or intricate side dish, it's excellent the way it is!

Garlic Butter Shrimp

You are going to be blown away with how tender the shrimp in this garlic butter shrimp are! Buttery, garlicky, sauce tossed with shrimp... there's nothing quite like it. Pour a glass of your favorite white wine and savor in the all the delicious flavor.

Author:
Morgan

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg wild Argentinian shrimp, pat dried
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ½  tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Seasoning of choice
  • Basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Coat a large frying pan with oil and turn to medium heat.
  2. Sauté the shrimp on a medium flame, cook until opaque. Add your seasoning and toss. In the same pan, add in the butter and sauté garlic until fragrant.
  3. Continue to coat the shrimp by leaning the pan to one side, spoon the butter over the shrimp several times and turn the flame to low.
  4. Let simmer in the sauce for an additional 10 minutes on a low flame, stirring and tossing occasionally. Garnish with basil and plate with rice, pasta, or potatoes and a serving of your favorite vegetables.

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