Grilled Shrimp With Lemon Butter

Grilled Shrimp With Lemon

The Spruce

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
302 Calories
8g Fat
3g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 302
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 469mg 156%
Sodium 1201mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 53g
Calcium 188mg 14%
*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.)

Grilling shrimp brings out its nutty flavor. Brushing those grilled shrimp with a bit of lemon butter gives them a lovely fresh zing.


  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat a grill to medium-high (you should be able to hold your hand about an inch over the cooking grate for 3 to 4 seconds).

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  3. Thread the shrimp onto skewers or place in a grilling basket, if you like.

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  4. Melt the butter and set aside. Zest a lemon and put the lemon zest in the butter. Squeeze about 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice into the melted butter and stir or whisk to combine.

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  5. Brush the shrimp with the resulting lemon butter.

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  6. Set the shrimp skewers, basket, or plain oiled shrimp, on the hot grill. Cook until the shrimp starts to turn pink, about 1 minute. Brush with more of the lemon butter.

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  7. Turn the shrimp over to cook on the other side and cook until just cooked through (be careful, since overcooked shrimp gets terribly tough). This is usually about 1 or 2 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp. Brush the shrimp with any remaining lemon butter and serve shrimp hot.

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  8. Enjoy!


  • Shrimp can be grilled with the shells on or off. Leaving the shells on helps ​to intensify their flavor and keep them moist. Taking the shells off, obviously, makes for easier eating.