Sauteed Garlic and Lemon Shrimp

Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about fresh seafood. Not the stuff that you get at chain restaurants or the stuff you buy prepackaged at the grocery store. No siree, I am talking about the delicious, succulent seafood that is straight from the ocean with not much else added to it. My parents recently visited one of the their favorite vacation spots- Dauphin Island, Alabama. It’s right along the Gulf Coast and the fresh jumbo shrimp will bring tears of joy to your eyes.

Luckily, my parents brought along an ice chest that they could fill to the brim and bring back lots of shrimp with them to Ohio. We gladly accepted and decided the perfect time to make it was for Valentine’s Day.

I used my mom’s method of preparing shrimp, that involves oil, butter, garlic, lemon, salt and parsley. It is incredibly simple and really lets the shrimp shine. I’m daydreaming again. I think I have a problem. 😉

Sauteed Garlic Shrimp

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 2lbs fresh jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4-5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side, just until the shrimp turn pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan and place in a bowl.

Add a little more oil to the pan and add in the garlic along with the juice of the lemon. Saute until the garlic turns light brown, about 1 minute. Pour the contents of the pan over the shrimp. Sprinkle the parsley over the shrimp. Add salt, pepper, and lemon as desired. Eat immediately.