Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp
This is the perfect meal for busy weeknights!
It is quickly marinated in the bright flavors of lemon zest and lemon juice, savory garlic and spicy red chile pepper flakes. After being skewered and quickly cooked on a hot grill, they’re slathered in a compound butter which mirrors the flavors in the marinade. It’s true what they say – big things do come in small packages!
If you want a little extra of that buttery sauce to serve with some couscous or pasta, just double up on the butter and lemon. Add some fresh steamed asparagus, and you will have a complete meal in no time that the whole family will love!
This lemon garlic shrimp recipe is definitely one of the easiest and quickest made from-scratch dinners you could make. Trust me, the flavor definitely beats a package of plain old ramen or fast food, so go with this instead when you have the urge to just grab something quick.
16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes
Combine shrimp, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, red chile pepper flakes and salt in a large bowl. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine ingredients for lemon- garlic butter with a fork in a small bowl and set aside.
Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Place four shrimp on a skewer, then grill skewers for 2-3 minutes a side, or until shrimp are plump and pink. Remove to a platter, then slather with lemon garlic butter while hot. Serve immediately.
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- 12ounces (2 medium-small round or 4 or 5 plum) ripe tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch pieces
- Fresh serrano chiles to taste, (roughly 3 to 5), or even more if you like it really picante), stemmed, seeded if you wish, and finely chopped
- 1/4cup chopped cilantro, thick bottom stems removed
- 1large garlic clove, peeled and very finely chopped
- 1small white onion, finely chopped
- 1tablespoon Mexican hot sauce (such as Valentina or Tamazula), plus extra for serving
- 1tablespoon ketchup
- 2teaspoons fresh lime juice (optional, but you might like the zing it adds)
- About 1/3cup vegetable oil, divided use
- 1pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined if you wish, and chopped into pieces a little smaller than ½ inch
- 15 corn tortillas
- 8ounces shredded Mexican melting cheese (full-flavored Chihuahua or Jack cheese work best)
Making the” salsa. Scoop the tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, garlic and white onion into a bowl and mix well. Stir in the hot sauce, ketchup and optional lime juice. Taste and season with salt, usually about a scant teaspoon.
Making the shrimp filling. Heat a very large (12-inch), heavy skillet—nonstick works really well—over medium-high. Pour in 2 tablespoons of the oil and when it is hot, add the “salsa” vegetables. Cook, stirring regularly, until everything softens together, about 5 minutes. Scoop in the shrimp and stir until they are barely cooked through (they can still be slightly translucent at the center)—about 3 minutes. Scoop the shrimp mixture into a bowl, wash and dry the skillet, and return it to medium heat.
Assembling the encamaronadas. Heavily film the bottom of the skillet with oil. When hot, lay in a tortilla. After a few seconds, flip it, then scatter a couple of tablespoons of shredded cheese over one side, top with a generous tablespoon of the filling. Use tongs to fold the uncovered part of the tortilla over the filling, forming a turnover. Gently press flat. Continue to make encamaronadas in the same fashion until the skillet is full, frying them until crisp—2 to 3 minutes per side. As they become crisp, remove them to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve right away with more Mexican hot sauce.