How to Make Simple Garlic Shrimp

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Simple Garlic Shrimp

The first key to garlic shrimp is to get everything prepped and ready in advance. The second key? Tons of minced garlic. Don’t be shy with the garlic! In this video, Chef John also reveals his secret ingredient for making gossip-worthy garlic shrimp. You’ll see how to avoid overcooking your shrimp using a super-fast, high-heat cooking method. Get the recipe for Chef John’s Garlic Shrimp. Unbelievably delicious, these garlic shrimp are great served over rice, potatoes, pasta—any kind of starch. Chef John prefers them over toast topped with the garlic-parsley-lemon sauce.


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 Cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon caper brine
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons cold butter
  • 1/3 Cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cold butter
  • Water, as needed
  • Add all ingredients to list


Recipe Time

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat until it just begins to smoke. Place shrimp in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring.

Season shrimp with salt; cook and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 1 minute.

Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, caper brine, 1 1/2 teaspoon cold butter, and half the parsley.

Cook until butter has melted, about 1 minute, then turn heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoon cold butter. Cook and stir until all butter has melted to form a thick sauce and shrimp are pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl; continue to cook butter sauce, adding water 1 teaspoon at a time if too thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Serve shrimp topped with the pan sauce. Garnish with remaining flat-leaf parsley.

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