Gilroy Garlic Shrimp

Gilroy Garlic Shrimp with Lemon

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
174 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Calcium 83mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is named for Gilroy, California, known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." It's a simple, garlicky classic that takes just a few minutes to prepare.

"Very quick recipe to toss with pasta, top on sourdough bread or just serve as is. You can definitely taste the garlic but it's not overpowering, and the butter gives it a creamy texture. Overall, it's a recipe that I'll absolutely try again." —Tara Omidvar

Classic Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, optional
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  3. Place a large skillet over high heat, and add the olive oil.

  4. When the oil is very hot, add the shrimp and sauté on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are about halfway cooked.

  5. Add the garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.

  6. Add the wine, if using, and let simmer until reduced by half.

  7. Add the cold butter, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another minute, or until the shrimp are cooked through.

  8. Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley, oregano if using, and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Recipe Variation

Make Garlic Shrimp Pasta:

Boil 12 ounces pasta, such as linguine or spaghetti, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta. Make garlic shrimp, adding the cooked pasta and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to the skillet along with the butter in step 7. Toss together until the butter has melted and the shrimp is cooked through. Add more pasta water if it's too dry. Finish with the herbs, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy! Serves 4.