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30 Minute Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Do you love garlic shrimp? Are you looking for an easy garlic shrimp recipe to make for your next family dinner? This delicious garlic shrimp recipe is quick, easy and a crowd pleaser for the whole family!

Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the world, home of the Gilroy Garlic Festival which originated in 1979 (2020 would have been the 42nd anniversary). One of the biggest fans I know of the Garlic Festival is my little brother, who also happens to love shrimp and experimenting with recipes. He got most of his recipe ideas from the Garlic Festival, his personal favorite being Shrimp Scampi (spoiler alert: we’ll be doing a separate post on the Garlic Festival Shrimp Scampi recipe very soon).

This shrimp recipe will be ready to serve in 30 minutes or less and can easily be paired with some cooked veggies and rice for a quick dinner recipe. Since this is a quick garlic shrimp recipe, you’ll just need a handful of ingredients to make your next family favorite, butter garlic shrimp recipe!

If you can’t get enough garlic, I suggest coming to our quaint country town in Gilroy, California. On our website, you’ll find numerous itineraries including restaurants to visit in Gilroy, information on the Garlic Festival, Gilroy Gardens, Wineries (we even have garlic wine if you’re feeling extra adventurous), hiking trails, golfing and shopping! Until you can visit us in person, we hope you feel our love for garlic in this yummy shrimp recipe.

Download the recipe here.

First, you’ll need to buy your shrimp (you can buy them already deshelled to save time) and get them ready for cooking! Finish pulling the shells off the shrimp, (it’s up to you to keep the tails on) and put in a separate bowl, then set them aside.


After you’ve set the shrimp aside, grab your large nonstick pan and let the butter melt down on simmer/ low heat. While the butter melts, grab your head of garlic and find the biggest cloves you can (4-5), or 6-7 smaller cloves if you don’t have large cloves.

Mince the garlic as small as possible (tip: the bigger the knife, the easier it is to mince) and add it all in the pan. Keep the heat on low while the garlic cooks (left photo: there should be small bubbles in the butter). After the garlic and butter start turning into a caramelized color (right photo: about 10 minutes) you’ll turn the heat up to medium for about a minute to heat up for the shrimp!

Shrimp cooks very fast, they’ll only need about 4-5 minutes on each side so keep a close eye on them!

After both sides of the shrimp have cooked for 4-5 minutes, add in your broth (you can use any kind of broth you have in your pantry, like this thai coconut curry broth) and turn the heat down to simmer and let the broth thicken or dissipate (depending on what kind of broth you use, it’ll either thicken or dissipate).

For a side dish, try something like basmati brown rice and veggies to add with the shrimp. You can add some butter, salt and pepper while the veggies cook and, ta-da! You have a delicious meal ready to serve!

Ingredients (Serves 4-5)


1 pound shrimp

4 tbsp. salted butter

5 cloves of garlic (minced)

¼ cup broth (recommended: thai coconut curry or veggie broth)


  • Deshell the shrimp and set aside.
  • Let the butter melt down in a large nonstick pan on simmer heat.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • Add garlic to butter and turn heat up to low heat until it turns a carmelized brown color (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn the heat up to medium, and add in the shrimp. Cook the shrimp on both sides for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the broth and turn the heat down to low/ simmer (depending on what kind of broth you add it’ll either thicken or dissipate and soak into the shrimp).
  • Serve immediately.