Garlic Shrimp |Easy stove top recipe with 5 ingredients|

Garlic shrimp –My new favorite way of making shrimp, needs just 5 ingredients and results in the most flavorful juicy shrimp ever. A recipe suitable for all weather conditions. Works as appetizer or side dish.

Garlic shrimp

Perhaps the easiest way to cook shrimp without any fancy sauce and I can assure you the its the tastiest. On a week night its a life saver as there is no long cooking time like beef or even chicken and you can pair the garlic shrimp with anything like salad, plain rice, pilaf, noodles, pasta or tacos. The flavors mingle well with any type of cuisine. Indian, Mexican, Italian,Chinese you name it.

Garlic shrimp


  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • Shrimp large – 1 pound peeled and deveined tail on is fine. (Thawed)
  • Garlic- 5- 6 chopped
  • Rice wine vinegar – 3 – 4 tsp
  • Olive oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley leaves chopped to garnish on top (optional)


  1. Wash the shrimp well , drain all the water well and pat dry with a paper towel if required.
  2. To the shrimp add the chopped garlic, rice wine vinegar, olive oil -1 tsp, salt and pepper and set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes only. (This helps in maintaining shrimp’s real flavor)
  3. Heat an empty non-stick pan on high then reduce to medium and lay the shrimp on it. Cook on one side for 3-4 minutes until it turns pink. Cook other side too for only 3-4 minutes. Check if done. Drizzle olive oil on it so it won’t dry out.
  4. Do the same for next batch too. In the last batch add the garlic chopped so it does not burn in the pan (allow it to become caramelized)
  5. Promptly remove everything into a serving plate drizzle some more olive oil and sprinkle some chopped parsley.

Serve immediately.


Note: Check FAQ below for the tricks to get the shrimp right.

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This recipe is super simple but I have a few tips to get best results.

  • Marinate for 15- 20 minutes. You want the shrimp’s natural flavor to stand out and not the condiments .
  • Add garlic chopped instead of garlic paste this helps in getting it caramelized slowly and not burning in the pan as soon as you put it in the there.
  • Do not crowd the pan this will simply boil the shrimp from all the natural juices coming out of it and it will not get a chance to sear.

How to know if the shrimp is cooked ?

If the shrimp is straight it is not cooked. If you cook it too long the shrimp looks like an ‘O’ and this indicates it is overcooked on tasting it would be hard and rubbery. The rightly cooked shrimp should look like ‘C’ the color would be pink on the sides with opaque center and white on the edges. When you taste it should give in without any resistance or chewiness. Shrimp needs very little cooking time. The more you cook the harder it becomes.

I don’t go so much by shape but definitely try a piece to check if it’s done. Also I do not leave shrimp unattended while cooking because every batch of shrimp is different depending on SIZE and freshness.

If the shrimp is previously frozen and stored for long the cooking time may vary and it does not taste as good as the fresh catch.

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Hope you will give this Garlic Shrimp recipe a try and let me know.


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