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Spicy Garlic Shrimp

This delicious and simple spicy garlic shrimp is a yummy and quick dinner option. Fresh shrimp is pan-fried with a zesty, tasty sauce then served over rice or noodles.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Spicy Garlic Shrimp, Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 239kcal


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined with tails on or off
  • 3 Tbs salted butter divided
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 serrano pepper ~1/4 cup, sliced and seeds removed if sensitive to spice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or chopped
  • 1/3 cup pre-prepared sweet chili sauce
  • 1 Tbs lime juice ~1/2 of one lime
  • 1 Tbs orange juice
  • Optional garnishes: sesame seeds sliced green onions


  • Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet pan over medium heat.
  • Salt and pepper shrimp before adding them to hot pan.
  • Cook one side of shrimp for 1 minute, flip over and cook the other side for 1 minute. Take out of pan. They don’t have to be completely cooked at this point. Set aside.
  • Place an additional 2 Tablespoons butter into pan and melt.
  • Stir in garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and orange juice and let cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer shrimp back into pan and coat shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional minute or until cooked through.
  • Take off heat and serve warm with rice or noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, optional.


  • If you like spicy food, leave the seeds in the serrano pepper. Otherwise, remove them for a milder taste.
  • It’s easy to overcook the shrimp and this will make them rubbery. Cooked shrimp will very quickly turn from a dull gray color to a vibrant pink and white. As soon as this happens, remove them from the pan.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg