Recipe: Easy 5-Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp
Shrimp is a weeknight dinner superhero. It cooks quickly and is extremely versatile, yet feels like a treat every time I set it down on the dinner table. This classic recipe calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand, like butter, garlic, and lemon, which together create a saucy, Italian-leaning shrimp that's just begging to be at the center of your plate tonight. The best part: You need just five minutes to make it.
A Fast & Fancy Shrimp Dinner for Any Night of the Week
Shrimp tossed in a rich garlic butter sauce is hard to compete with. This recipe is quick enough to pull off on a busy weeknight, but feels special enough for a Saturday night in, too. How you serve it is up to you. Toss it with pasta for a dish that very much resembles shrimp scampi; serve it over rice, orzo, or creamy polenta; or simply serve it straight-up in shallow bowls, with crusty bread close by to help soak up all the delicious sauce.
Garlic Butter Shrimp
Prep time: 2 minutes to 5 minutes ; cooking time: 3 minutes
peeled and deveined uncooked medium shrimp
freshly ground black pepper
dry white wine
garlic, thinly sliced
red pepper flakes (optional)
cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season all over with the salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and let cook undisturbed for 1 minute. Flip the shrimp and add the wine, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the shrimp are just opaque and the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the heat, add the butter cubes, and stir until melted. Add the parsley and lemon juice, toss to combine, and serve immediately.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.