It has always been a wonder to me how the most simple food preparations end up being one of the most delicious. This can be said of the Butter Garlic Shrimp recipe. More than just easy to prepare, it is super fast too.
This recipe is simply a combination of butter (melted), lemon juice, and minced garlic, and just takes an average of 10-15 minutes and you got it right on your table.
Fresh vs. Frozen Shrimp
Like any seafood, it is important that the quality of the source of the product and even the product itself be considered. Whether a shrimp is fresh or frozen does not affect its quality. Its quality is rather affected by how well it was handled.
An animal begins to decompose the moment it dies and refrigerating it stops this process. So, a frozen can end up being of higher quality. They can both work in achieving a delicious recipe.
How To Choose High-Quality Shrimp
To ensure your recipe comes out well, you want to make sure you choose high-quality shrimp that is not contaminated, infected, or damaged.
When they are purchased raw, ensure that the texture of the shrimps is firm. The shells ought to be light pink, pinkish tan or grayish-green, and translucent. Any black coloration of spots or edges indicates a loss in quality. Also, quality shrimps generally have a salty or ocean-like smell.
You can tell they are unsafe or spoiled when they smell rather overwhelmingly fishy or like ammonia. Generally, it is recommended that shrimps should be purchased from reputable and knowledgeable suppliers. They should be able to provide certain information about the shrimp and its handling.
Does The Size Of Shrimp Matter?
Any shrimp size can be used to prepare this recipe. But, it is important to note here that the size will slightly affect the preparation time. The larger the shrimp, the longer it takes to prepare, and vice versa.
I usually add my shrimps to dishes such as pasta, rice pilafs, ginisang upo, or salads, so am used to smaller shrimps. This also means that each service will need more pieces.
Does The Tail Tave To Be Removed?
Whether the tail is on or off does not make much difference- it’s a matter of personal preference or the type of side dish you want alongside.
With the tail comes a more visual appeal, and some sort of extra flavor. This also calls for extra work during the eating, since you’ll have to be picking them with your hands and removing the tails.
Health Benefits Of Garlic Buttered Shrimp
A recipe with such a combination of butter (melted), lemon juice, and minced garlic no doubt promises to be nutritious. No doubt these ingredients are one of the most commonly consumed due to the nutrients they contain. Some of these nutrients (for instance Iodine) are hard to find in many foods.
This is one food with an interesting nutrition profile. It is a good source of Iodine which is required for significant bodily functions such as brain health, thyroid function, and so on. It is also a good source of omega-3 and omega-6.
Additionally, it provides the body with healthy fats and a high amount of protein.
2. Garlic and butter
This is an interesting and magical pair. This combo/duo provides an amazing form of goodness to the body. They contain vitamins such as E, K, and A which helps to maintain the healthy function of the body.
This amazing merge helps to boost the body’s immune system and safeguard against free radicals (cancer cells). It generally detoxifies the body, destroying harmful bacteria found therein.
Lemon juice and water has been all the rage in recent time. This is a sign of their delicious taste, but more importantly, is the health benefits they bring to the table.
It helps to improve the quality of the skin, prevent kidney stones, and generally promote the body’s hydration. It is also a good source of vitamin C which generally helps to reduce the risk of conditions such as lower blood pressure, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Not to mention that it helps to control weight gain and improves digestion.
Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe Serving
You will agree with me that having garlic butter shrimp alone on your table does not make a meal. In other to make it say dinner, all you need to do is whip it up with a veggie or whole grains. If there’s any leftover of say Chardonnay, this is the perfect time to show it off.
It can be served at events such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, football party, potluck, game night, or tailgating events.
More Tips To Help
1. Ensure to not overcook your shrimp. Stop cooking the moment they lose their translucent characteristic and begin turning light pink
2. You can put in ground pepper and salt as required and according to your preference
3. Ensure to make use of fresh garlic or the jar version. I will recommend fresh garlic because it is better and has more flavors.
How To Cook Buttered Shrimp
Garlic Buttered Shrimp
- 2 lbs Shrimp, cleaned
- 1 cup Lemon-lime soda
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 1 head Garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- 2 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soak shrimp in lemon soda and marinate for about 10 minutes.
- Put your butter in a skillet and melt.
- Over low heat, add garlic and cook until it turns light brown.
- Add your shrimp, turn heat to high, and occasionally stir until it turns orange.
- Add salt, black pepper, and lemon juice then stir.
- Add parsley and cook for about half a minute. Enjoy!
Final Words On How To Make Buttered Shrimp
Butter Garlic Shrimp is no doubt a simple but flavorful dish. It can be served as a side dish, an appetizer, or tossed with say pasta as a sauce.
I have seen many simple and easy-to-prepare recipes, but this stands out amongst them. Much more is that it is loaded with nutrition that will take the body some time to recover from.
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