Simple Sautéed Shrimp

I’m hard pressed to think of a dish that isn’t made better by adding sautéed shrimp. This is a super simple way to make them that is fresh and delicious. You’ll like. I promise.

Shrimp1All you need for the shrimp are olive oil and butter, garlic, lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.

Shrimp2First, peel and devein the shrimp. (Note: the little guys photographed above are, in fact, raw. They’re just super fancy pink shrimp.)

Shrimp3Then chop up your garlic and parsley while you melt half the butter with the olive oil over medium high heat in a frying pan. (Olive oil has a relatively high smoke point while butter does not, so using both lets you sautee the shrimp at a higher temperature without missing out on the gloriousness of butter. I’m a best of both worlds kind of girl.)

Shrimp4Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp are juuuuust opaque in the center when you cut them. Careful not to overcook them!

shrimp5Once they’re done (and not overdone) add the parsley, lemon juice and second tablespoon of butter. Stir to coat and serve.

Shrimp7You can eat them straight out of a bowl with your hands if no one’s there to judge you.

Campari11Or you can add them to your favorite dish. Like pasta. Or orzo salad.


  • 1 lb of large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3-4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful Italian parsley, finely chopped
  •  1 good pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Melt olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper (and red pepper flakes, if you dare).
  3. Sprinkle the garlic over the shrimp.
  4. Saute for 2-3 minutes, turning shrimp half way through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. They should be just opaque in the center when you cut into them.
  5. Add the lemon juice, parsley and the second tblsp butter. Stir to coat and serve.



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