You won’t believe how quick and easy these delicious Garlic Shrimp are to prepare. With only a few simple ingredients, you will have a restaurant-quality meal in no time. They can be served as a party appetizer; you can make a light meal with them and serve with a tossed salad or as a topping on pasta for a heartier dish.

Easy Delicious Garlic Shrimp Recipe

There are a few things that make this Easy Garlic Shrimp unique and pretty straightforward to make. First is the simple but winning combination of spices – lightly seasoned with ground cumin, a bit of red pepper, and of course, salt. Then comes the olive oil combined with lemon and minced garlic, giving a vibrant taste to the shrimp.

In the end, baking under the broiler makes the recipe even easier to put together while getting way better results than frying. Simple seasonings combined together make a crowd-pleasing dish, not to mention super duper easy.

When was the last time you were able to get dinner cooked in under 5 minutes? With a little prep ahead of time, this quick and easy Garlic Shrimp can be cooked in a few short minutes. By the time you walk in the door, turn on the broiler, spread the shrimp in a pan, place them under the broiler, you hardly have time to change into your yoga pants before it’s done and ready to enjoy. 


Marinade – Make the marinade in a large bowl, by mixing in garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, add the olive oil and lemon juice, and whisk everything well together. Then add the shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for around 20 minutes.

Baking – Preheat the oven broiler on high for 10-15 minutes. Once ready, transfer the shrimp to a baking pan or ovenproof skillet and bake for around 3 minutes or until the shrimp gets pink. Once out of the oven, optionally sprinkle some parsley on top and enjoy!

You can also prepare garlic shrimp ahead of time. It consists of whisking together a simple marinade, adding the shrimp and letting them camp out in the fridge, marinating (up to a day ahead) until ready to cook. So easy! I do appreciate recipes that can be prepped ahead, especially when entertaining.


When it comes to side dishes that go well with shrimp, there are plenty of them, and they take as little time to prepare as this recipe. Garlic shrimp is perfect as a recipe on its own, but if you are looking to add something more, Sauteed Green Beans Recipe or Garlicky Orange Kale Salad Recipe are nice compliments to serve with the shrimp, as well as, orzo salad, roasted asparagus, or roasted broccoli with lemon, lemon zest, and olive oil goes very well with shrimp. Of course the quickest side dish would be a simple tossed salad, and you’ve got yourself one satisfying yet light meal. If you have a little bit more time on hand, you can also boil some pasta while you wait for the shrimp to marinate, then toss with the garlic shrimp once it’s done.

Easy Delicious Garlic Shrimp Recipe

This easy garlic shrimp is not only perfect for dinner but fabulous for a quick party appetizer too! I would consider doubling or tripling the recipe if serving these shrimp for a party because they will disappear quickly. 

If you love garlic recipes like me, I highly recommend checking out this handy kitchen tooltip: A microplane is the perfect tool for grating garlic directly into any dish. It works like a charm!


Easy baked garlic shrimp with parsley on top

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A flavorful shrimp dish that can be ready in a few minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled (except for tails) and deveined


  1. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, juice, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes.*
  2. Preheat oven broiler on high.**
  3. Spread shrimp along with marinade in single layer in an oven-proof skillet or baking pan.
  4. Place in center of oven and broil for 3 minutes, until pink.


*Shrimp may be marinated for longer, up to a day. If marinating longer than 20 minutes, omit lime/lemon juice, then add juice just before cooking.

**If needed, shrimp may also be cooked stove top. Cook over medium heat for until done (about 3 minutes), turning halfway through.

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Quick Delicious Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Originally published October 23, 2015.