Broiled Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

So I decided that we needed a break from everything pumpkin. After all there is only so much pumpkin you can have before the family decides to start a revolution. While they love all the things pumpkin that I make they also love when I do other things as well. My oldest who is in college comes home every other weekend so I have to do things a bit differently when she's at home. Why? Well she's been a vegetarian for the past 7 years. I remember when she decided at the age of 12 that she was no longer going to eat meat. I said "yeah right! I'm going to give you a week". It's been 7 years and she's still going strong. She did decide that she was going to go vegan but after a month decided it was not for her. That being said, I don't usually do things much different but there is always some sort of seafood in our house. Growing up in the Caribbean we would have fish at least twice a week because it would be fresh from the ocean. In Colorado it's difficult getting fresh fish but the one thing we can depend on in is shrimp. So whenever I get a chance I make my famous Broiled Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp. Most of the ingredients you may even have in your kitchen and it is super easy to make and tastes oh so good. Why don't you give it a try.

Here is what you'll need:


1 pound large shrimp
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
6 to 8 leaves fresh basil
2 small lemons


Preheat your oven to broil.

Wash and devein the shrimp, dry and set aside.

Heat the butter, garlic and spices in a large, oven-safe pan over medium-low heat. You're just melting the butter and allowing the flavors to blend, but you don't want this to get too hot or the garlic will burn. Be patient and do this slowly.

When the butter is melted, stir to combine and add the shrimp.

Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and place the pan in the oven, about six inches under the broiler.

Cook for two minutes, remove the pan, toss the shrimp and place back under the broiler for two more minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle in the parsley and squeeze the juice of two lemon all around the pan. Toss to combine.

Just before serving, sprinkle with the fresh basil.


As an appetizer, you could serve this alongside toasted bread for dipping, such as baguette or ciabatta. As an entree, it's great with rice pilaf or buttered noodles.

If basil gets too hot it turns black. Waiting until the last minute ensures it keeps it's pretty green color and fresh flavor.

If your lemons are large or yield a lot of juice, you may only need one. Start with one, taste the sauce and decide if you want more.


  1. I need those shrimps to get in my belly..... NOW! Delicious Recipe

  2. Ha ha! I will take shrimp over pumpkin any day! This is one of my favorite meals!

  3. We don't do seafood in our family, but that lemon garlic butter would be awesome on some pasta!

    1. I think lemon garlic butter makes anything better! And it smells so good!

  4. Oh YUM!! my family would love this recipe. They are all about their fresh shrimp especially in the summer

  5. I'm allergic to shellfish, but I've gotten quite good at substituting chicken for my favorites. I think this would work with chicken tenders, right? Assuming I can be patient with the garlic. :)

  6. I'm not a big shellfish fan but I know my in-laws would love it if I whipped up a batch! Can you buy shrimp devined or do I actually have to touch them?

    1. If you buy them already cooked in the bag in the frozen section of your supermarket then you won't have to do that.

  7. I love a good shrimp recipe! This looks like it would be a huge hit in my family.

  8. Oh yum, I bet these shrimp are incredibly flavorful. I'd love to make some for my kids to try out.

  9. I'm not a fan of pumpkin, so THANK YOU for posting a recipe this time of year that isn't pumpkin! ;)
    This sounds simple and delicious-two of my favorite things. Can't wait to try it!

  10. I know what you mean. As much as I love everything pumpkin, I need a break as well. Those shrimp look amazing. I can almost taste them. I've got to make these.

  11. This would definitely make a great light lunch. My family would eat this up in a second.

  12. I like the way those shrimp look. They are so amazing looking and I would like to just lick them on the screen.

  13. I am sharing this with my wife because she loves shrimp and is always looking for new ways to prepare it.

  14. I love shrimp! This looks so good and I love to add garlic to everything.

  15. I'm a vegetarian too. My mom never thought it'd last, but I truly just don't like the taste of meat (crazy from what I hear, I know). ;) This sounds like a good shrimp recipe, I bet everyone did love it!

  16. This looks so fresh and colorful and light and flavorful. I don't eat seafood myself but my children do and would love this. Thanks!

  17. Oh wow! I love butter shrimp and this looks better than what restaurants would serve!

    Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe!

  18. This looks delicious! I will be sure to try it. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Yummy!