How To Cook Garlic + Butter + Shrimp

It's delicious when paired with garlic AND butter.

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You may be in love with garlic shrimp but if there's another ingredient that marries well with shrimp, it's butter. Here's how to cook garlic shrimp in butter: 

  1. 1 In a large pan or wok over medium heat, melt about 1/4 cup butter. (You can use salted butter or unsalted butter.) 
  2. 2 Once melted, let the milk solids of the butter to brown slightly before adding the garlic. Saute garlic until golden but not yet browned. Season with salt to taste. 
  3. 3 Add deveined shrimps and toss quickly in the hot browned garlic butter. Continue stir-frying until the shrimps are opaque in color and its tails, curled.  
  4. 4 Season to taste with salt and ground pepper, toss to mix, and immediately remove from the heat. Plate and serve immediately while still hot. 

Now that you know how easy it is to cook shrimp in garlic butter, you can take these shrimp dishes and elevate them: 

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This might be cooked in oil but who says that you have to follow that part of the recipe? If you love a spicy garlic butter to coat your shrimps, this is the recipe to try. You can even do the same technique and recipe on chicken, tuna, and even caramelize some sugar to give it a sweet flavor to cool the spice! 


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2 Steamed Shrimps Recipe 

Peeled and deveined shrimps cook fast and easy, so if you're steaming them, this is the way to go. However, shrimp doesn't need to be super plain in flavor before it's served with a dip. Instead of leaving it to the dip to make the shrimp flavorful, make it tasty in its own right with a simple simmer in melted butter instead of water.


You can also skip the sesame dip and let the melted garlic butter be the dip that makes each curled-up shrimp even harder to resist.

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3 Chili Garlic Shrimp Recipe 

Garlic shrimp is pretty tasty already so the addition of butter is another flavor that elevates the dish a tad more. Want to really rattle the flavor profile of your garlic shrimps? Add a spicy component! This recipe amps up the heat with a full teaspoon of dried red chili flakes to make even a buttery garlic shrimp irresistible.   


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4 Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe   

Kung pao is a sauce that marries quite a few flavors: it's sweet, sour, savory, and also spicy usually because of the addition of Sichuan peppercorns. The tingle that Sichuan peppercorns have can be replaced with the more aggressive heat of chill flakes. With all that flavor in one sauce, shrimps have no choice but to be tasty! Add a little butter to the oil as you saute the shrimps for another level of flavor. 


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5 Sweet Garlic Shrimp Recipe 

Spicy isn't the only flavor that pairs well with garlic, butter, and shrimps. For this recipe, a touch of sweetness makes this shrimp dish addictive enough to serve with lots of rice! 

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6 Creamy Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe 

What do you need to do to make buttery garlic shrimp different? Toss it with pasta and just for added detectability, add cream to the buttery garlic and shrimp mix, too. 


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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