Simple Lemon Garlic Shrimp With White Rice

Garlic shrimp over rice on a white plate

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 23 mins
Total: 33 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
426 Calories
20g Fat
14g Carbs
49g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 426
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 443mg 148%
Sodium 1139mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 49g
Calcium 244mg 19%
*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.)

Lemon-garlic shrimp is a simple dinner to make on a weekday, but it looks impressive enough to serve guests. The recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and about a half an hour of cooking time.

For an easier prep time, buy shrimp that's already been peeled and deveined. You can buy it fresh that way, or use frozen shrimp, which can be easily and quickly defrosted in cold water while the rice is cooking. Either way, the recipe can still be executed on a weeknight.

The most important thing, however, is that shrimp cooks so quickly that you can't set it and forget it. When the largest shrimp begins to turn pink and curls up into a C shape, it's done. Shrimp will continue to cook because of residual heat, and it only takes a minute or two to go from perfectly cooked to overcooked shrimp.

Instead of rice, serve the shrimp over hot pasta, quinoa, or alongside sauteed vegetables. It's also great served with mashed cauliflower or spiralized zucchini.

Serve the dish with a simple green salad, along with a cold glass of white wine or sparkling water.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 to 6 medium cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook the long-grain white rice according to package instructions. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and place on paper towels. Pat with paper towels to dry. If you prefer to cook the shrimp without the tails, remove and discard the tails.

  3. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat until it stops foaming, about 45 seconds.

  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 15 to 20 seconds. Add the shrimp and sauté over medium heat, turning frequently until the shrimp just turns pink, or about 5 minutes.

  5. Add the lemon juice, as well as the salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.

  6. Spoon the rice into a serving dish. Top with the lemon-garlic shrimp, sprinkle on the freshly chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

Tips

  • For extra flavor in the rice, cook it in low-sodium chicken stock instead of water.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese while hot, before serving
  • Shrimp needs generous seasoning. Try with lemon pepper, dried chives, or Old Bay.
  • For some heat, add 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes or 1/2 teaspoon of red cayenne pepper when you add the lemon juice and salt.

Variations

There are a couple of additions that can develop the flavors even more.


With wine or vermouth: Remove the cooked shrimp with a slotted spoon. Add the lemon juice and salt along with about 3 to 4 tablespoons of dry vermouth or white wine to the skillet and boil for about 20 to 30 seconds to reduce. Add the parsley and serve with the shrimp.

Baked lemon shrimp: Heat the oven to 450 F. Melt the butter in the microwave. Combine the melted butter with the rest of the ingredients in an oven-safe baking dish. Bake for 5 minutes, turn the shrimp, and bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until the shrimp are cooked through.

How to Store Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp will keep for about 3 days in the fridge, if in a sealed container. Reheat it with the rice in a skillet and a little water, or very briefly in the microwave, on low power; otherwise the shrimp could get rubbery.

Shrimp that has been cooked can be frozen for a couple of months in a tightly sealed container and thaw in the refrigerator.