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Spicy Garlic Shrimp

close up shot of a skillet of Spicy Garlic Shrimp garnished with green onions
Fresh shrimp is pan-fried with a zesty, tasty sauce and then served over rice or noodles in this simple spicy garlic shrimp recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails on or off
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, about ¼ cup, sliced and seeds removed if sensitive to spice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or chopped
  • cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, approximately ½ of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • sesame seeds, optional
  • green onions, optional


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet pan over medium heat.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper before adding them to the hot pan.
  • Cook one side of the shrimp for 1 minute, flip them over and cook the other side for 1 minute. Take the shrimp out of the pan. They don’t have to be completely cooked at this point. Set shrimp 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 the pan and coat the shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional minute, or until cooked through.
  • Take the shrimp off the heat and serve warm with rice or noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.


  • You can use frozen shrimp as it is easy to have on hand in your freezer. To thaw the shrimp quickly, place them in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes. 
  • 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. Shrimp cooks fast and 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: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 24gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 309mgSodium: 1170mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 2mg