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Garlic Shrimp

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy Garlic shrimp is a savory skillet dish packed with all the right flavors.


  • 1 pound large, raw, deveined shrimp 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the marinade: 

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Rinse the shrimp, lay them out on a paper-towel lined tray, and pat them dry. Remove the shells, if desired. 
  2. For the marinade, stir together the marinade ingredients. Place the shrimp and marinade in a resealable bag. Remove excess air, seal the bag, and toss shrimp around in the bag to coat them. Let shrimp rest for 15 minutes. 

Stove Top Directions: 

  1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic when the pan is hot. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Sprinkle in sugar and sauté for about 30 seconds more. Add marinated shrimp to the pan. Spread the shrimp out into a single layer across the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp over and cook for an additional 1 or 2 minutes until they’re pink. Increase the heat to high for 1 minute to reduce liquid. Remove from the pan when shrimp is finished cooking. 

Grill Directions: 

  1. While the shrimp are marinating, soak 6 to 8 wooden skewers in water. When you’re almost ready to grill, thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Heat the grill to medium-high and oil the grates to prevent shrimp from sticking. Place the kabobs on the grill and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once or twice, until shrimp are pink and cooked through.


  • Feel free to double this recipe, it's an easy one to scale up.
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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