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Lemon pepper shrimp served in a blue bowl with small forks on the side and toasted bread rounds in the background.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp

This lemon pepper shrimp is quick, easy and delicious! In this recipe, shrimp is cooked in olive oil and butter with garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and black pepper.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon pepper, lemons, shrimp recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 229kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • pound Shrimp peeled and cleaned (we used medium shrimp 41/50)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice 2-3 large lemons, depending on how juicy they are
  • 1½ - 2 tablespoons Lemon Zest plus extra for garnish, if desired
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper depending on taste (plus extra for serving)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish, optional
  • Bread Pasta or Salad for serving, optional


  • Heat the olive oil and the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted and the oil is hot (but nowhere near smoking) add the garlic.
  • Cook the garlic for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook them for approximately 3 minutes or until they start to turn pink, stir occasionally.
  • Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, black pepper and salt to the shrimp. Stir to combine the ingredients well.
  • Cook the shrimp gently for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time for shrimp will vary depending on their size. When cooked through they will no longer be translucent, curl and turn a pinkish color.
  • Garnish the shrimp with extra lemon zest or parsley and serve with extra black pepper, if desired.


Get everything ready to go before you start cooking. There is no time from prep in between adding ingredients. The shrimp cooks in less than 10 minutes.
If you’re making pasta to serve with the shrimp make sure it’s almost ready before starting the shrimp.
If you’re serving the shrimp with bread, toast it lightly before serving.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 306mg | Sodium: 1142mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 2mg