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Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & Basil

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This spicy garlic shrimp recipe is easy to make and only under 30 minutes, flavorful and delicious, it will become a staple in your house.

Happy Monday my friends, lets all aim for a good and productive week. We plan a short getaway this weekend to Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. We have rented a cabin with some friends so I can’t wait to get there as soon as possible do some hiking, eat smoked ribs and pulled pork. Since we will be there for a few days we are all brainstorming dinner ideas, and this spicy garlic shrimp recipe that my husband makes is the first on the list.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & Basil

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & BasilThis is the most amazing and delicious recipe for shrimp that you will ever need, its super easy and quick to make, also so versatile, you can adjust the heat level, you can tweak it so it meets your needs. BUUUT, first try it the way it is, ’cause its fabulous. The shrimp are plump and soak all the lemon garlicky goodness, the chili peppers add such a nice hot kick while the basil and parsley balance everything with their freshness and beautiful vibrant green color.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & BasilThis spicy garlic shrimp recipe is a staple in our house, and usually once a week when we are too tired my husband cooks this comforting dinner, he serves it with a french baguette that we use for dipping and soaking all that juicy and flavorful garlicky sauce.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & BasilSometimes we boil some pasta to serve with the shrimp, but most of the time we just enjoy them on their own.

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This spicy garlic shrimp recipe is easy to make and only under 30 minutes, flavorful and delicious, it will become a staple in your house.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 3 servings
  • 2 pounds medium-large shrimp, peeled
  • 2 garlic heads, chopped garlic (heads not cloves)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 dried chili peppers
  • 1 fresh jalapeรฑo, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. In a large nonstick heavy skillet over medium-low heat add the oil, when barely starts to simmer add half of the chopped garlic, jalopeno and chili peppers. Adjust the heat to the lowest setting to keep the mixture at that gentle simmer and cook the garlic, stirring occasionally, until the garlic achieves a pale golden color.
  2. Add the shrimp to the skillet, sprinkle generously with salt, pepper. Cook for 4 minutes and add the lemon juice, wine and the rest of the garlic, stir gently and continuously until the shrimp is just cooked, another 4-6 minutes.
  3. Taste the mixture and add a little more salt if needed. Keep the pan over very low heat. Sprinkle the basil and parsley on top of the shrimp, turn off the heat, cover the pan and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving, so the herbs will soften a bit.
  4. Serve with bread for dipping.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & BasilI can have this meal every single day!


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39 comments on “Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lemon & Basil”

  1. Oh YUM! Shrimp is definitely my favorite seafood! And this version looks so full of flavor! I certainly need to try this out! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Katalina!

  2. LOVE that picture of you holding the shrimp – so pretty! The flavors on this sound perfect!!

  3. Mmmm shrimp in the summer is one of my favorite things ever and this looks delicious!!

  4. Sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead of you with lots of yummy treats! It’s been a while since I’ve had a shrimp dish but this one looks so perfect for me because it’s so easy and would make a great app as well!

  5. This looks delicious! We have just planted some basil (I know, a little late in the season) and I am going to need some great things to cook with it! I’ll be trying this for sure. Thanks! http://www.ourfoodieappetite.com/east-beach-farmers-market-norfolk-va/

  6. What an awesome, savory recipe! You’ve got my mouth watering! Have fun on your getaway!

  7. This dish looks just perfect, Katalina! I love the lemon and basil. And you are reminding me that I need to cook shrimp more often. Sounds like the perfect summer dish!

  8. Your weekend away sounds like so much fun! Love the light flavors of this shrimp dish! It looks fantastic!

  9. Happy Monday Katalina! The flavours in this sound wonderful. Lemon and basil are such a great combination, and I love the addition of wine!! Perfect for Mondays! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. great recipe! this looks so yummy. must try it

  11. Other than the basil, this is so similar to the way I make my shrimp! PINNING!

  12. I love shrimp! This is my kind of dishโ€”shrimp, lemon, basil, garlicโ€” I can eat it several times a week and never get sick of it.

  13. I think you just answered my prayers! I have been looking for a yummy new shrimp recipe to try… I’m tired of our usual italian dressing marinaded grilled shrimp. This shrimp dish is perfection and definitely going on my must-make list!

  14. Should “ยฝ cup fresh basil, parsley” be ยฝ cup fresh parsley?

  15. Cabin in the wood…Scary!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great time
    Those shrimp look great btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Yummy ! I just made and ate an entire pan of garlic shrimp capellini hehe! So good!

  17. This looks amazing… I love shrimp…

  18. I see a bay leaf in the pan in the pics but it isn’t listed. Worth adding?

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  20. This was a great twist on the typical shrimp scampi I make. The process felt similar BUT I Loved that I could use my leftover basil and ingredients like olive oil, lemon & spice to change the way it hits the pallet. We added a little butter and a little less EVO to serve it on pasta and keep it somewhat similar to scampi. We also added a lot less heat so I think next time I would back of the lemon just a bit to balance out the flavors.

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