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Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe by Mr. Make It Happen

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Introduction:

Today we have one of my all time favorite shellfish recipes on the menu. I love it for its simplicity, flavor, and versatility. This can be served over rice, mashed potatoes, pasta, or with crusty bread as an appetizer. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or simply looking to elevate your weeknight dinner repertoire, this recipe is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the art of creating this delectable dish.

Shrimp, with its delicate flavor and tender texture, serves as the perfect canvas for the bold flavors of garlic and butter to shine. This combination creates a harmony of savory richness that is both comforting and indulgent. Moreover, this recipe is incredibly versatile, lending itself to various culinary applications—from elegant appetizers to satisfying main courses.

Outside of the obvious ingredients (garlic and butter) we need a few other flavor enhancers to really bring this dish to life. For me, I like to add shallot, capers, and lemon (zest and juice) – all of which pair nicely with shrimp.

Chicken bouillon may appear to be an odd choice for shrimp, but trust me.. it brings everything together (especially when using store bought low sodium chicken broth). Optionally, 1/2 cup of dry wine or champagne can be used in combination with the chicken broth for a different spin on the flavor profile.

Today, we are leaving the tails on for controversy. One thing about the internet and content creating – there’s always room for someone to complain.. see here’s me helping out with that, lol.

All jokes aside, when I am serving this as an appetizer, I tend to leave the tails on. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty – it’s how humans have ate food since the beginning of time and I enjoy it. If you’re not into leaving the tails on, you can buy them without tails or just remove them before cooking. 

For seasoning, we are going with All Purpose and Lemon Bae (subs: salt, pepper, garlic, onion, lemon pepper, old bay).

Cook the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat with avocado oil 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and opaque. Be mindful not to overcook the shrimp, as they can become tough and rubbery.

Remove the shrimp when they are 75% cooked and add in butter, shallot, garlic, and capers. Begin to season to taste (red pepper flakes can be added for a little subtle heat). Cook for 3-4 minutes and then deglaze with chicken broth or white wine.

Bring to a simmer and reduce for 7-10 minutes. Season to taste and add the shrimp back in for the final 3 minutes or so – or until the shrimp hit 145 degrees.

Garnish with diced parsley and enjoy with rice, potatoes, pasta, or garlic bread.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, garlic butter shrimp is a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the natural beauty of seafood while elevating it with the bold flavors of garlic, butter, and aromatic herbs. Whether enjoyed as a decadent appetizer or as the star of a flavorful pasta dish, this recipe is sure to impress even the most discerning palates. So, gather your ingredients and embark on a culinary adventure that promises to delight your senses and leave you craving seconds. Cheers to the magic of garlic butter shrimp!


Garlic Butter Shrimp

By: Mr. Make It Happen
Servings: 4 people
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Today we have one of my all time favorite shellfish recipes on the menu. I love it for its simplicity, flavor, and versatility. This can be served over rice, mashed potatoes, pasta, or with crusty bread as an appetizer. Whether you're a seafood enthusiast or simply looking to elevate your weeknight dinner repertoire, this recipe is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the art of creating this delectable dish.

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Mr. Make It Happen Chef Knife or preferred kitchen knife

Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs Jumbo or XL Shrimp, cleaned with tails on or off.. your choice lol
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1-2 tbsps capers
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup diced parsley
  • 2 tbsps Roasted Garlic
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, chili flakes
  • Serve with White Rice, Pasta Noodles, Garlic Bread, or w/ Salad
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Instructions 

  • If you’re not into leaving the tails on, you can buy them without tails or just remove them before cooking.
  • For seasoning, we are going with All Purpose and Lemon Bae (subs: salt, pepper, garlic, onion, lemon pepper, old bay)
  • Cook the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat with avocado oil 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and opaque. Be mindful not to overcook the shrimp, as they can become tough and rubbery
  • Remove the shrimp when they are 75% cooked and add in butter, shallot, garlic, and capers.
  • Begin to season to taste (red pepper flakes can be added for a little subtle heat). Cook for 3-4 minutes and then deglaze with chicken broth or white wine.
  • Bring to a simmer and reduce for 7-10 minutes. Season to taste and add the shrimp back in for the final 3 minutes or so – or until the shrimp hit 145 degrees.
  • Garnish with diced parsley and enjoy with rice, potatoes, pasta, or garlic bread.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Seafood Recipes

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About Matt Price

I’m Matt Price – A self taught “Home Chef”, or “Internet Chef”, lol, from Virginia. I’m super passionate about cooking and sharing recipes and techniques to elevate home cooking. Too many of us have drifted away from the kitchen – and my goal is to change that! Let’s Make It Happen.

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