Like half of the world, at this point, I am currently under self-isolation to help control the spread of Coronavirus. This shrimp in lemon butter sauce is a key part of my Day 1 survival strategy. It was just the right amount of luxury for a young woman who is currently out of work and trying really hard not to panic.
I started my self-isolation Friday afternoon, shortly after returning from my grocery shopping loaded with fruits, veggies, and some shrimps. I usually only buy these fresh head-on shrimps as a treat. The thought of going home and not knowing the next time I would feel safe coming outside definitely demanded a treat. I love shrimps. They are quick and easy to cook. And this version of shrimp in lemon butter sauce is also a great way to have an interactive meal. This is the kind of eating that requires both hands, both lips and a good amount of licking the sauce of the hands.
I should say, in the interest of public safety, that I made sure to wash my hands thoroughly before having these shrimps. As a nursing student, the one skill I have learned in school to help me in this pandemic is handwashing. Lord, am I grateful to have at least one useful skill at this point. The other skill I love is my ability to cook. Instead of eating boxed and frozen meals, I can whip up shrimp in lemon butter sauce. That’s a solid win in this trying time.
Anyway, if you do decide to make my version of shrimp in lemon butter sauce, it is okay to use frozen shrimps. Just make sure to defrost the shrimp before using it and then continue as normal. Also, I had my meal with fresh baguette for dipping in the pool of lemon butter sauce. This would go well with spaghetti or any type of pasta. I finished off my bowl of shrimps with some chopped parsley.
Let me know if you try this recipe for Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce, I am @willeatthis on Instagram.
Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce
- 1 lbs Shrimp
- 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 Lemon
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Chopped Parsley leaves
- In a saucepan, heat up the 1/4 cup of butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted, add in the chopped garlic. Let it cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Pour in the red pepper before adding in the shrimp. Sprinkle salt into the pan. Stir
- Cook until shrimp is mostly pink. This should take about 4-6 minutes. Stir if necessary to get shrimp cooking evenly.
- Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and then stir. Cook for another minute until shrimp is fully cooked.
- Transfer shrimp into a plate and sprinkle on the parsley leaves. Serve with the other half of the lemon.