Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Amazing lemon garlic shrimp, tender, juicy shrimp tossed with a lovely lemon, garlic, parmesan sauce that takes your shrimp to a whole new level. Not only is this dish full of flavor, easy to make and packed with nutrients. This is the perfect meal because it is a a super quick dish (takes about 10 minutes to make), but tastes gourmet. You can serve it with lettuce, rice, or whatever you like.
Lemon Garlic is the Perfect Flavor Combination
Lemon and garlic compliment each other perfectly in this dish, and allow the shrimp flavor to really stand out. The bright acidity of the lemon juice adds a refreshing touch to the rich garlic flavor. And the addition of parmesan and green onion just amp everything up and give that natural sweetness of the shrimp a little boost. Plus it is great for you, as the lemon adds a burst of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that can boost the immune system and promote healthy skin. Win-win!
I like to serve this with white basmati rice, which I whip up in my little rice cooker in no time while I prep the shrimp. It is so easy, and makes just 4 cups, so perfect for a simple meal.
What You Need for Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp
Making Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp is so simple and easy to make. Everything you need can be found easily at your local grocery store. Here is what you need:
- Olive oil– Use it to cook your shrimp
- Salt and Pepper– The seasoning, this recipe calls for a lot of pepper, but you can reduce the amount if you don’t want the pepper.
- Garlic– The garlic adds tons of flavor.
- Shrimp– Use large shrimp, clean and devein them.
- Lemon juice and zest– Adds so much freshness.
- Parmesan– Nutty, delicious, and the perfect compliment to the shrimp.
- Green onion– Can also be swapped for parsley, but I love the onion flavor.
How to Choose Shrimp
When selecting shrimp for this recipe, it’s important to choose high-quality, fresh shrimp.
Look for shrimp that are firm, with a slightly translucent appearance and a mild smell.
Avoid shrimp that are slimy, discolored, or have a strong odor, as these are signs that they may be spoiled.
How to Clean Shrimp
To prepare the shrimp for cooking, you’ll need to clean and devein them.
Start by removing the shell and legs from the shrimp, leaving the tail intact.
Use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to cut along the back of the shrimp, removing the black vein and any grit. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
Remove tails before or after cooking. Leaving them on while cooking will add to the flavor, but can make eating them less enjoyable.
How to Cook Lemon Garlic Shrimp Without Over-Cooking
To cook the shrimp, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add some olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the salt, pepper, and garlic. Saute for a few mintes
Add in the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are pink and opaque.
Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, as this can cause them to become tough and rubbery.
As soon as they are pink they are fully cooked, and should be immediately removed from the heat and transferred to a a bowl so they can be tossed with the rest of the ingredients.
Add in the parmesan, lemon juice and zest, and the green onions, and toss it all together.
Then serve over rice. Or with lettuce, or however, you like.
What to Serve Lemon Garlic Shrimp With
Lemon garlic shrimp can be served with a variety of sides, such as rice, pasta, or roasted vegetables.
A simple salad with a lemon vinaigrette dressing is also a great complement to this dish.
For a more indulgent meal, serve the shrimp over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat the shrimp, place them in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. Avoid overcooking the shrimp during reheating, as this can cause them to become tough and dry.
Then toss with a little fresh lemon juice to give it just a little fresh kick!
Why Lemon Garlic Shrimp is Good for You
Not only is lemon garlic shrimp delicious, but it’s also a healthy meal option.
Shrimp is low in calories and fat, but high in protein and nutrients such as vitamin B12 and selenium.
This is a simple dish, with just a few ingredients, but they add a lot. For example, the lemon adds a boost of vitamin C, while the garlic may have immune-boosting and antibacterial properties.
This dish is also gluten-free, making it a great option for people with dietary restrictions.
Other Great Recipes
- Shrimp Scampi
- Shrimp Jambalaya
- Crispy Oven Baked Shrimp
- Citrus Shrimp Spring Salad
- Caribbean Shrimp & Coconut Rice
- Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
- 1 Tbs Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- 1 pound Shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed
- 2 tsps Minced garlic
- 1/4 cup Grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Lemons zest
- 2 Tbs Fresh lemon juice
- 2 Scallions finely chopped
- In a large skillet, add olive oil, salt and pepper, and heat
- Once hot, add the garlic, and saute one minute.
- Add the shrimp, and cook until just turning pink and opaque.
- Remove from heat, and put in a medium sized bowl
- Add parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and scallions
- Toss and serve warm.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.