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Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp

Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp features extra-large shrimp, simply sauteed with garlic and lemon to make a perfect easy dinner. This easy recipe literally cooks in minutes, and this is special enough to make for dinner guests! Use Seafood Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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I grew up in a family where my father loved shrimp and my mother hated them, and it was a sign of how much my mom loved my dad that periodically she would heat up a big pot of oil and make deep-fried shrimp for Dad and the other family members who liked it. I was always daddy’s girl, so I loved everything my father ate, including rare steak, Roquefort dressing on salad, onion sandwiches, and shrimp of any kind.

When you splurge on big shrimp like these (called prawns in many places) there are many good ways to serve them, but I loved this Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp that features shrimp sauteed with minced fresh garlic and then served with lemon juice and lemon zest added at the very end.

The inspiring recipe sauteed the shrimp in 3 tablespoons of melted butter, which no doubt would taste fantastic; use that if you prefer.  I used one tablespoon of butter along with two tablespoons of olive oil in the version I made; choose the ratio of butter to olive oil that you prefer, but do cook carefully if you use all butter because butter burns more easily than olive oil.

Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp found on KalynsKitchen.com

I used 21-25 count shrimp, which seemed perfect for this recipe.  Let the shrimp thaw overnight in the refrigerator the day before you’re going to cook them.  (Buy pre-peeled shrimp or peel them when they’ve thawed.) Zest and juice the lemon and mince the garlic so it’s ready when you start to cook the shrimp.

Heat the olive oil and melt the butter over medium-high heat.  I used a pan that was nice enough it could be used to serve the shrimp. When the oil/butter is hot, add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until they just start to look pink on the edges.  This won’t take more than 1-2 minutes.

Turn all the shrimp over and add the garlic.  Continue to cook until Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp are done, not more than 3-4 minutes more. Turn off heat as soon as the shrimp are barely firm and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and a tiny bit of salt if desired.

Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp hot and wait for compliments.

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Low-Carb Mediterranean Shrimp over Spinach ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Skillet Shrimp Fajitas ~ Taste and Tell

Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp

Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp make a perfect easy dinner.


  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp, thawed if frozen (I used 21-25 per pound size, which was good for this recipe.  Buy pre-peeled shrimp or peel them when they have thawed.)
  • 2 T olive oil (or butter, cook carefully if you use all butter, as the small bit of olive oil helps keep the butter from burning)
  • 1 T butter
  • 2 T finely minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T lemon zest (or a little less if you’re not that fond of lemon zest)
  • sea salt to taste (I did not use much salt)


  1. If using frozen shrimp thaw them over night in the refrigerator.  Drain shrimp and pat dry.
  2. Zest one large lemon and then squeeze the juice, to yield at least 2 T juice and close to 1 T lemon zest.  Finely mince garlic cloves to make 2 T minced garlic.
  3. Heat the oil over medium high heat and then melt the butter, using a large heavy pan.  (I used a pan that was nice enough to serve the shrimp from, which helps keep them hot.)  Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook just until they start to turn pink at the edges, not more than 1-2 minutes.
  4. Turn shrimp over quickly and add the minced garlic.  Continue to cook until shrimp are barely firm, probably not more than 3-4 minutes more.  (Don’t overcook; the shrimp will continue to cook a little in the hot pan.)
  5. Turn off heat and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt as desired and stir to coat shrimp.  Serve immediately.


Recipe adapted slightly from Giant Garlic Shrimp in Sunset Magazine Best Recipes 2012, but I could not find the recipe online.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Shrimp are a wonderful ingredient for carb-conscious eating, and these Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp are perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other type of low-carb diet plan. South Beach would recommend olive oil over butter in this recipe. Some types of low-carb diet plans would probably use all butter; take your choice.

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44 comments on “Easy Low-Carb Garlic and Lemon Shrimp”

  1. This was delicious! We served the shrimp with quinoa and air fried Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. The lemon sauce from the shrimp was so wonderful on top of the sides! We sprinkled a bit of Parmesan cheese on top of all of it!

    It’s becoming a family favorite!

  2. This was so yummy! Quick, easy and very tasty! We will be having this often! 

  3. Oh my gosh this looks so good! I am over here drooling over this dish right now. I am all over this. I can’t even stop starring.

  4. Yum! I can't wait to try your recipe; I will add just a sprinkle of "Old Bay" seasoning too, because it's great on shellfish!

  5. Hi Kalyn!
    I was looking for a quick simple light protein to go with some leftover crockpot butternut squash soup and this hit the spot! Lovely bright flavors on this frigid evening! My shrimp cooked rather quickly so I put them in a bowl and poured the liquid from the pan over top and let it "marinate" a bit to absorb more flavor. Exactly what it needed. Thanks so much for all your recipes!

  6. Diana, I used pre-peeled shrimp. Sorry I didn't make that clear; I will edit the recipe.

  7. Do you peel the shrimp before you cook them?

  8. yum! i love anything shrimp!

  9. This a perfect break from all of the heavy holiday food we've been eating lately. Thank you for the link!

  10. Melissa, so glad you have been enjoying the recipes. I love this recipe too; need to make it again!

  11. I don't usually post comments on sites, but I just had to tell you how much I have been enjoying your recipes. This shrimp was AMAZING!!!

  12. I love this recipe!! So simple and TASTY. The only thing I did different was pre-seasoned the shrimp with a little Old Bay & garlic powder. That was only because I seasoned it before I decided to search for a recipe. In any event, it didn't overpower the recipe. I served it over plain angel hair pasta. Soooo good! Thank you for sharing! =)

  13. Cyndy, I'm sure that would taste great. Grits are not recommended for South Beach though, in case anyone is wondering.

  14. This looks delicious, I just discovered Shrimp and grits….my own version. This would be wonderful over grits which with this lovely sauce you would only need salt and pepper in the grits…no need for butter.

  15. Oh cool, that makes sense. Thanks!

  16. My printer-friendly recipes are on a separate blog where I copy only the recipe text and then link to it from the original post. It was very labor-intensive when I originally had to do that for 600+ recipes but not bad now to do it each time.

  17. Looks really tasty! I love shrimp so will have to try it.

    Quick blog related question – how do you get that "print this recipe" link to work? I'm trying to get something similar for my blog but haven't found a nice clean way to do it like you have here.

  18. Thanks guys, glad you like it!

  19. Kalyn, this is definitely what my husband loves about me spending time reading your blog…I get to serve him really awesome treats. Yummy!

  20. Delicious shrimp recipe! Love all that garlic!

  21. This look soooo delicious Kalyn!

  22. Anne, so glad you liked it (and jealous that you have fresh shrimp where you live!)

  23. I tried this tonight and it was fabulous. I bought the shrimp fresh, brought them home and cooked this. It was so easy and my husband loved it as well. I served it with steamed vegetables. I thought the lemon would be too strong but it was just right.

  24. I can only guess, but I would imagine it would be pretty good with lime. If you try it, let us know what you think?

  25. This recipe sounds delicious! i am going to make it tomorrow but I dont and wont have easy access to lemons. Is it possible to replace it with limes instead?

  26. Yes, you're right that the garlic is added later to make sure it doesn't burn. Was your garlic very finely minced? Mine was cooked just perfectly in the 3 minutes or so it took for the shrimp to finish. I do have a very powerful stove, I am always having to adjust for that in recipes but I did take that into consideration. Maybe just add the garlic right from the beginning next time if you think you'd like it more done.

  27. A hit!
    It came together quickly with a great balance of flavors. Served with your amazing sauteed kale and garlic (very easy to prepare these two simultaneously.)
    It more than satisfied my shrimp-loving BF, who said it followed the KISS principle (keep it simple…– a high compliment from him!) and allowed the shrimp flavor to shine.

    My only question is about when the garlic is added. I'm sure it's added later to prevent it from burning, but the garlic in my dish didn't really cook through or impart as much flavor as I expected. Your thoughts?

  28. fantastic. Used to make something very much like this, and kind of forgot about it. Nice that a bit of butter won't corrupt us, cause butter does make almost everything better! Thanks Kalyn.

  29. Easy, fast and delicious. It doesn't get any better than this. My family will devour these. Have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  30. Made this for dinner tonight. Yummy and easy. Thanks.

  31. Ugh, sorry about the printer friendly link, just fixed it. I am losing it lately.

    So glad people are liking this. Trust me, it was worth the butter. Barbara. I can only imagine the prawns in Australia, I bet they are amazing.

  32. Love how simple but flavorful this dish sounds. As my kids have gotten older, they have learned to like shrimp. It's expensive, so a rare treat in our house, but I think they would enjoy your recipe.

  33. Adding just a little bit of butter to olive oil makes a huge difference in flavor. I used to be afraid of that butter, in the same way I used to be afraid of using salt appropriately, but now I realize that the benefits are huge and the calorie count? Nothing to worry about when you're talking about a tiny bit of butter. My only problem with this recipe is that I probably would want to eat the whole batch myself and not share!

  34. I agree with Pam…you can't be concerned about 1 tbsp butter in this wild and wacky world in which we live! I love the lemony deliciousness of this!

  35. Simple and lovely recipe Kalyn!!

  36. My fave way to eat prawns. Australia.has.the.best.prawns.

  37. I am with you and Dad – Shrimp Lovers UNite!

  38. Looks delicious! I will be making this soon!

  39. Megan, when shrimp cook they turn from a gray color to a pink color, and they're done when they feel BARELY firm when you press down on one. The worst thing you can do is cook them too long.

  40. oh wow does this look good! This is probably a dumb question (especially from a fellow food blogger), but what's the easiest way to tell when shrimp are done? I never cook shrimp, but I'd like to start!

  41. Pam, I like the way you think!

  42. I wouldn't worry about a little butter, especially not if it's clinging to shrimp!

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