Lemony Shrimp

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"I wanted to have some shrimp with leftover pasta salad, so I came up with this. We liked it! Maybe you will, too!"

Original is 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (231.9 g)
  • Calories 209.3
  • Total Fat - 10.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 190.4 mg
  • Sodium - 857.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 1.8 g
  • Protein - 21.4 g
  • Calcium - 104.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 37.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Put shrimp, grated garlic, oil, zest of the lemon, pepper and salt (and oregano if using) in a skillet on medium-high heat.

Step 2

Stir everything together, constantly watching and turning shrimp until they are all pink.

Step 3

Squeeze a bit of the lemon over shrimp before serving.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose shrimp that is fresh and has been properly stored and handled.
  • Look for extra-virgin olive oil that is cold-pressed and has a rich, golden color.

  • Substitution 1: Use garlic powder instead of grated garlic for a milder flavor. Benefit: This substitution is great for those who want a more subtle garlic flavor in the dish.
  • Substitution 2: Use extra-virgin coconut oil instead of olive oil. Benefit: This substitution is great for those who want a more tropical flavor to the dish.

Garlic-Lime Shrimp Replace the lemon with a lime and add 2 cloves of garlic, grated, to the skillet. Stir everything together, constantly watching and turning shrimp until they are all pink. Squeeze a bit of the lime over shrimp before serving.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes: Garlic roasted potatoes are a perfect side dish to complement the Lemony Shrimp. The potatoes are roasted in the oven with garlic and olive oil, giving them a delicious flavor that pairs perfectly with the shrimp. The potatoes are also a great source of fiber, making them a healthy and filling addition to the meal.

Grilled Asparagus: Grilled asparagus is a great side dish to serve with the Lemony Shrimp. The asparagus is grilled with olive oil and garlic, giving it a delicious flavor that complements the shrimp. Asparagus is also a great source of vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy and nutritious addition to the meal.


Q: How much lemon should I use?

A: For this recipe, use the juice of one lemon. You can also add a bit of the zest for extra flavor.

Q: What is the best way to store lemons?

A: Lemons should be stored in a cool, dry place. If you plan on using them within a week, you can store them in the refrigerator. Otherwise, keep them at room temperature.

4 Reviews


So easy and so good! I made exactly as written, including the oregano, but I did add about a tablespoon of butter at the very end, just to make it a bit more "saucy". We had this with basmati rice, garlic asparagus, and a Caesar salad. And will definitely be repeated! Thanks for sharing, Linky!


review by:
(26 Feb 2024)


Such an easy dish to make and tastes so fancy. I used the oregano option, but I think tarragon would be good also. I served over linguine, with steamed broccoli on the side.


review by:
(29 Jan 2024)


These were perfect. I’m a lemon lover and devoured this


review by:
(7 Jun 2023)


I made this as a meal serving it with vegie packed fried rice and made for a delicious and filling dinner, thank you Linky made for Went to Market tag game at FF&F.


review by:
(4 Oct 2017)

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Fun facts:

The dish Lemony Shrimp has been a favorite of celebrities for many years. In fact, the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was known to be a fan of this dish and often requested it when dining out.

Lemony Shrimp is also a popular dish in the Mediterranean region. It is believed to have originated in the Greek islands and has been enjoyed by locals and tourists alike for centuries.