It doesn’t get much easier than Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp! This versatile main course goes from refrigerator to dinner table in less than 15 minutes. The classic flavors of this dish go with just about any side dish you choose. In addition to the serving suggestions noted here, it also makes a delicious low carb entrée when paired with steamed vegetables or a green side salad.

Easy Lemon-Garlic Jumbo Shrimp Recipe for Weeknight Dinners!

Lemon garlic shrimp with quinoa

Garlic lemon shrimp has so much flavor packed in, you're going to be amazed. This is definitely a recipe you are going to want to pin for later! A lot of times you see shrimp used as a side dish or appetizer, but if you choose, it can be a main dish, especially with a healthy side like quinoa or a salad. It's an easy dish to make in under 15 minutes, so it's perfect for a busy weeknight meal or to meal prep a bunch for lunches throughout the week.

Should I Use Pre-Cooked Shrimp?

This garlic lemon shrimp recipe calls for jumbo shrimp, my favorite! Using raw jumbo shrimp is the preferred choice for this recipe. Why? While it might be tempting to save a few minutes by going with pre-cooked shrimp, there's a good reason to stick with raw. Pre-cooked shrimp can become rubbery and overcooked when exposed to heat again, altering the texture and taste of the dish. Raw shrimp allows you to have more control over the cooking process, ensuring the perfect doneness every time.

How do you peel and devein shrimp?

If you are using frozen shrimp, you can skip the peeling and deveining process. Simply thaw them and add them to the pan in the last few minutes of cooking. If you are using fresh shrimp, you will need to peel and devein them before cooking.

Here's an in-depth guide on peeling and deveining fresh shrimp:

  • Start by removing the head and tail of the shrimp. This can be done using a sharp knife or a pair of kitchen shears for added convenience.
  • Next, cut off the antennae, those tiny whisker-like protrusions, with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors. Removing these improves the presentation and texture of your shrimp.
  • Proceed to cut off the legs at the joint where they meet the body of the shrimp. The goal is to achieve a clean and appealing appearance.
  • Once the shrimp is prepped in this way, peel away the skin and discard it. This will help you enjoy the shrimp without any fibrous or chewy textures.
  • Finally, you'll want to deal with the vein that runs along each side of the shrimp's body. This is a necessary step as it ensures your shrimp is clean and free from any residual waste.

How do you make shrimp more flavorful?

Shrimp is a versatile seafood with a mild flavor, which means you can infuse it with the exact taste you crave. Beyond the classic combination of garlic and lemon, consider experimenting with other flavor-enhancing ingredients. For those who appreciate a hint of heat, chili powder, cumin, or smoked paprika can add a delightful kick to your shrimp dish. These spices bring warmth and depth, making your meal even more exciting.

Do shrimp tails add flavor?

A common debate in the culinary world revolves around shrimp tails. Some argue that the briny, seafood essence resides in the shells and that they contribute to the overall flavor. If you're peeling your shrimp for this recipe, don't be too quick to toss those tails aside. They can be put to good use in making a flavorful shrimp stock.

How Do You Make Shrimp Stock?

To create this stock, melt some butter in a saucepan, sauté the shrimp shells until they become fragrant, and then add water and salt. Let it simmer until it's reduced by about a quarter. This homemade shrimp stock can serve as the base for delectable sauces or even a mouthwatering shrimp bisque or chowder. It's a brilliant way to minimize food waste and maximize flavor. You could even make bok choy soup and replace the stock in the recipe for your flavorful shrimp stock.

What are some other ways to eat shrimp?

Garlic shrimp with broccoli and red bell peppers

The adaptability of shrimp means you can tailor your meals to your preferences, whether you're craving something rich and creamy, spicy and bold, or fresh and healthy. While this Lemon-Garlic Jumbo Shrimp recipe is a superb standalone dish, the possibilities with shrimp are virtually endless. Beyond this flavorful combination of garlic and lemon, consider these creative shrimp-based meals:

  • Garlic Shrimp Alfredo: Combine your seasoned shrimp with a creamy Alfredo sauce for a rich and indulgent pasta dish.
  • Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice: Infuse your fried rice with the delightful flavors of garlic and shrimp, creating a savory and satisfying Asian-inspired meal.
  • Garlic Shrimp Lettuce Wraps: For a lighter option, serve the shrimp with crisp lettuce leaves, allowing you to enjoy them taco-style with a fresh crunch. Check out my Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps or Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps, but swap in the shrimp instead!
  • Garlic Shrimp Kabobs: Thread your shrimp onto skewers with colorful vegetables, then grill them for a fantastic outdoor barbecue.
  • Garlic Shrimp Tacos: Create tasty shrimp tacos by stuffing warm tortillas with your garlicky shrimp and fresh toppings.
  • Shrimp Scampi: An Italian classic, shrimp scampi combines shrimp with a garlicky butter and wine sauce, perfect for serving over pasta.
  • Shrimp Tacos in a Bowl: For a low-carb alternative, present your garlic shrimp over a bed of fresh vegetables, creating a satisfying and guilt-free lunch option.
  • Stir-Fried Shrimp and Vegetables: Prepare your shrimp with a variety of stir-fried vegetables, adding a delightful mix of textures and flavors to your meal. Add it into my broccoli stir fry for a quick weeknight meal.

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Time to make Lemon-Garlic Jumbo Shrimp!

Lemon-Garlic Jumbo Shrimp

Garlic Lemon Jumbo Shrimp

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

It doesn’t get much easier than this! This versatile main course goes from refrigerator to dinner table in less than 15 minutes. The classic flavors of this dish go with just about any side dish you choose. In addition to the serving suggestions noted here, it also makes a delicious low carb entrée when paired with steamed vegetables or a green side salad.


  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lbs Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tail removed
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin, ground
  • Fresh Parsley (optional)


  1. Spray your cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat, with 1 tbsp of unsalted butter.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp starts to turn pink.
  4. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and ground cumin to the skillet and stir to combine thoroughly.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, and remove from heat.
  6. Spoon shrimp mixture over a bed of cooked quinoa, brown rice, or your favorite gluten-free pasta.
  7. Drizzle some pan juices over each serving and garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 247mgSodium 1136mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 26g

*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*

Garlic Lemon Jumbo Shrimp is perfect for hectic weeknight dinners and meal prep for the week ahead. Serve it over quinoa, brown rice, or gluten-free pasta, and relish the harmonious blend of garlic, lemon, and cumin. Whether you're a busy professional or a home cook, this dish strikes the ideal balance between convenience and gourmet taste. Enjoy every bite!

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