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Learn to prep and cook shrimp in the microwave for a quick and delicious addition to your dinner. Garlic shrimp offers a tasty snap of flavor that with incredibly delicious combined with a creamy pasta or added to one of our many Buddha Bowl recipes

Cooked garlic shrimp on a sheet pan with fresh parsley.

This protein packed dish is a great addition to any salad and incredibly delicious wrapped up in a tortilla enjoyed as tacos. Shrimp is versatile enough to be incorporated into just about any meal. If butter isn’t your thing, add olive oil in place of it with an additional pinch of salt. Get creative with this versatile dish and use it in many forms! 

garlic shrimp on top of a salad.
Why This Microwaved Garlic Shrimp Recipe Works 

  • This simple method is the quickest way to cook shrimp. 
  • No pots or pans required making clean up minimal, as well as preparation time. 
  • Store leftovers in the fridge to eat the following day or to add to a Buddha Bowl

ingredients for garlic shrimp.
Ingredients For Easy Microwave Garlic Shrimp Recipe 

    • Shrimp 
    • Butter 
    • Garlic Cloves 
    • Fresh Parsley 
    • Salt 
    • Lemon 

How to Cook Garlic Shrimp in the Microwave

  1. Defrost your shrimp if it is frozen. 
  2. In a small bowl combine butter, garlic, parsley, and salt. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted and then mix. 
  3. Place shrimp into a microwave safe baking dish, pour butter mixture over shrimp, cover with a plate or plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. 
  4. Drizzle with juice from half a lemon and additional salt to taste. 

Raw shrimp with the peels still on, on a plate.

Tips for Making Perfect garlic Shrimp in the Microwave 

Be careful when pulling your dish from the microwave, it will be incredibly hot. Allow it to sit and cool in the microwave for one minute after it is finished cooking. 

If you want to make this a meal for yourself and not cook an entire pound of shrimp, then cook half of a pound for just 2 minutes. Remove to stir halfway through. Since it is a smaller quantity, just be sure to keep an eye on the shrimp as it will cook quicker. Overcooked shrimp is not delicious. 

Cooked shrimp on a cutting board.

Faqs

How do I know if my Shrimp are Good or Bad? 

Your sense of smell is your best tool in detecting signs of bad shrimp. Fresh shrimp should give off a slightly salty odor, if any odor at all. Shrimp that is overwhelmingly fishy are likely past their prime. Don’t risk tasting it if you are getting a strong odor from your shrimp. 

How can I tell if my Shrimp are cooked all the way through? 

You will be able to tell by the color. Raw shrimp is grayish-white when raw, and when cooked becomes pink with reddish accents. Once the opaqueness is gone, you will know your shrimp is ready.

If you are still unsure, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. 120F is the perfect temperature for cooked shrimp. 

Cooked garlic shrimp on a sheet pan with fresh parsley.

Garlic Shrimp in the Microwave

Learn to prep and cook shrimp in the microwave for a quick and delicious addition to your dinner. Garlic shrimp offers a tasty snap of flavor that with incredibly delicious combined with a creamy pasta or added to one of our many Buddha Bowl recipes. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 346 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 lemon

Instructions
 

  • Defrost your shrimp if it is frozen or peel and devein if fresh.
  • In a small bowl combine butter, garlic, parsley, and salt. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted and then mix.
  • Place shrimp into a microwave safe baking dish, pour butter mixture over shrimp, cover with a plate or plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.
  • Drizzle with juice from half a lemon and additional salt to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 2gCalories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 47gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 602mgSodium: 1865mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 352mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Easy Recipe, garlic shrimp, microwave, microwave proteins, Microwave Recipes, shirmp
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