Recipe for Garlic Shrimp

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This recipe for garlic shrimp is so easy - just a few ingredients and wthin 10 minutes, you have the most fantastic seafood appetizer.

The quantity of garlic in this recipe is deliberately vague - use more or less as you prefer - at least 2 but if they're small and you like garlic, then use 3 or 4.

Shrimp or prawns? In the UK, shrimp are small and prawns are large - this is the same in New Zealand and Canada is interchangeable. In the US, shrimp are large. 

They taste delicious whatever you call them :-) 

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Recipe for Garlic Shrimp

  • 2 oz (50g) butter
  • 1 small onion - peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp or prawns
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • fresh chopped parsley

Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic and sweat very gently for about 5 minutes until softened.

Turn up the heat and add the shrimp.

Stir round quickly for a couple of minutes until they're heated through and covered in garlic butter.

Divide between the serving plates, pouring any butter over the shrimp.

Serve immediately whilst hot.

To make a salsa salad, just dice what you would normally have - cucumber, tomato, pepper, avocado, radish, celery - I like to add some drained sweet corn kernels as well and some grated carrot.

It makes a very pleasant change from a plain salad and I find children are more likely to eat it.

You could add a tablespoon of vinaigrette, but sometimes, it's just nice to let the salad flavors mingle alone.

These quantities will serve 4 as a starter - a slice or two of brown bread and butter and a salad garnish will make this dinner party standard fayre.

If you double up quantities, it's enough for a lunch.

In this case, make a good side salad or salsa and some slices of crusty bread to mop up the buttery garlicky juices.

A finger bowl of hot water and lemon would be a nice touch if you're serving guests - the family can get up and wash their hands at the sink :-)

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Recipe for Garlic Shrimp


Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Super easy recipe for garlic shrimp. Makes a fabulous seafood appetizer that you can have ready in minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: shrimp, garlic, butter

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