Easy Garlic Grilled Shrimp

by Annie
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Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp coated in lots of garlic, butter, and seasoning is a dish ‘to die for’. So buttery, so garlicky, so delicious, and finger lingering. 

There is no better way to prepare shrimp than the grilled ones. There is no other dish I scream more after as this flavorful and aromatic grilled shrimp. The sauce full of the bursting aromas is lingering and tasty. This is an easy recipe, healthy and with lots of proteins. In my family shrimp are never too much, on the contrary, the more of them the better the dinner is. I try to cook different types of shrimp with different sauces. There are days when I cook scampi, prawns with or without a shell. Definitely, I make scampi with pasta or other garnitures, while some grilled prawns I eat them as they are. Sank in one of the simplest, but delicious sauces, these shrimp are ready in minutes and gone in seconds. 

Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

These grilled shrimp are already a staple in my house on Saturdays – this is when I have more time for marination, and for grilling. I don’t like to cook when I am in a hurry. There are some days when I want something quick and tasty, but on Saturdays, I owe all the time to cook something tasty and special. With just some ingredients like butter, garlic, an aromatic glass of white wine, species and the biggest shrimp you can create magic in your kitchen. 

Shrimp is good in tacos, next to a bowl of aromatic rice, in soups, and appetizers. You can check more shrimp recipes here

How long do you grill shrimp?

Shrimp is delicious and fantastic on the grill. It only takes minutes to be cooked so you don’t need to make your family members starving while they infuse all those irresistible aromas. Grilled shrimp taste divine. 

Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

Usually, it takes 5 to 7 minutes to grill shrimp on one side, and another 3 to 5 minutes on the other side. Grill the shrimp over the directly heated grill skillet and watch them turn a nice pink colour. They should have a nice pink to golden colour. Because I like to add more seasoning and cayenne pepper to marinating, they have an intense brown/golden colour. However, the taste remains the same seductive.

Do you grill shrimp with shells on or off?

Grilling shrimp with shells on or off is a matter of question. If cooking prawns then you will have to grill them with the shell on for a better taste. When you grill shrimp with a shell on you will see that the shell comes off easily and neatly. This moment as if informs you that your shrimp are ready cooked. If you want to serve shrimp without their shell and to avoid too much mess on the kitchen table, take off the shell in cold water. You will peel the shell easily and you will preserve the nice aspect and form of the shrimp. 

Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

What wine do you use to grill shrimp?

White wine pairs best with grilled shrimp. This rule is suitable while cooking different seafood recipes, also. A nice glass of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc is more than ideal for shrimp cooking. I also recommend serving one of these glasses while eating the shrimp. When you cook the shrimp, add one glass of wine and when you don’t feel the smell of the wine the shrimp are ready to be served. Try to use a good wine, but not the best you have at home as it quickly evaporates and the aroma of the shrimp doesn’t change because of the quality of the wine. 

How to make grilled shrimp?

shrimp ingredients

The ingredients:

  • 1 pack of shrimp.
  • 10 prawns
  • 3 tbsp of say sauce
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 cloves of garlic.
  • 3 tbsp butter

Defrost the shrimp in the fridge overnight. Take a big bowl, wash them properly and take off the shell. I leave the shell on for the prawns. Toss all the shrimp in the seasoning and leave them for some minutes (15-20minutes) to marinate. 

In a large nonstick skillet add 1tsp of olive oil and lot of butter. Add the mashed cloves of garlic and leave for some seconds to infuse all the aromas. Then add the shrimp. Cook them 5-7 minutes on each side, or until pink/golden colour. Add a glass of white wine and keep the pan over low heat. Garnish the shrimp with some cilantro or parsley and leave covered for 2 minutes to soften the herbs.

Serve immediately next to any garniture.

This simple recipe is toothsome and full of flavours. It is one of the comfort food I like to cook at home and indulge my family. 

Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

Are shrimp healthy?

Shrimp are healthy to eat and aside from proteins, they have several healthy nutrients as well. Eating shrimp moderately can promote heart and brain health because seafood/shrimp is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Also, shrimp is full of antioxidants and improves weight loss. Shrimp is low in calories, even cooked in butter and garlic, they aren’t too caloric. 


  1. For this recipe, you can use any kind of shrimp you like. But keep in mind that while grilling they tend to loose in size so preferable to use bigger shrimp.
  2. Wash the shrimp in cold water and wipe well with a kitchen towel. If you don’t wipe them properly you will have too much water in the skillet and you will spoil the authentic taste.
  3. Try to use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. The fresh one has an intenser and more pronounced aroma.
  4. Use different species while marinating. Use the lemon zest and some juice to soften and refresh the taste. The fresh citrusy aroma will brighten your shrimp. You can add some drops of lemon juice while the shrimp are cooking.
  5. Use some cilantro leaves to decorate the dish. 

Packed with aromatic flavours, easily cooked, and delicious to savour. The sauce from the grilled shrimp is awesome, so I take a small piece of bread and sank it into the sauce. It is finger-lingering.  

grilled shrimp in soup

Garlic Butter Grilled Shrimp

Easy Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp coated in lots of garlic, butter, and seasoning is a dish ‘to die for’. So buttery, so garlicky, so delicious, and finger lingering.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 153 kcal


  • Bowl
  • skillet


  • 1 pack shrimp
  • 10 prawns
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp butter


  • Take a big bowl, wash the shrimp properly and take off the shell.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the oil and lot of butter and let simmer. Add mashed cloves of garlic and leave for some minutes to infuse all the aromas. Adjust the heat to the lowest and let the aromas infuse.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet. Generously add salt and pepper and the glass of white wine. Stir gently and continuously until the shrimp is just cooked, some 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and add salt or other species if needed. Garnish the shrimp with some cilantro or parsley and leave covered for 2 minutes to soften the herbs.
  • Serve immediately next to any garniture.


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 3593mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1048IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy grilled shrimp, Grilled shrimp, Shrimp recipe
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