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An overhead close up view of the garlic butter shrimp over a bed of white rice

Seared Shrimp

  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


This pan seared garlic butter shrimp is easy to make and it's so tasty! Serve it over a bed of rice or toss into pasta and you have a delicious dinner in no time!


  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh Shrimp, not frozen (peeled & deveined) *I like Argentina if you can find it, but any medium sized shrimp is fine*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Start by prepping the shrimp. If you are peeling and deveining, pull off the shell. Cut the back of the shrimp with a paring knife and pull out the vein. Rinse in cold water. 
  2. Pat dry the shrimp and place into a large bowl. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and onion powder and toss to combine. 
  3. Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium heat. 
  4. Into the skillet, add in remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the butter. Once it melts, add in the Shrimp, laying them all onto one side.
  5. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, flip each shrimp. 
  6. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  7. Top with fresh parsley if you would like and enjoy!


  • Take your time to clean and devein the shrimp properly. 
  • When pan searing or frying shrimp, a stainless steel skillet is best. It distributes the heat evenly and puts the perfect sear on fish and meat. 
  • Don't overcook the shrimp. After 2 to 3 minutes on each side, the internal temperature should read 145 degrees. Immediately transfer to a serving dish so that the shrimp doesn't continue to cook. 
  • If you don't have an instant read thermometer at home, I highly suggest buying one. I have my favorite brand linked above. It's about $60 and it is a life saver in the kitchen.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: pan seared
  • Cuisine: seafood

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