Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

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This easy shrimp and rice recipe takes less than 30 minutes to cook and is delicious drizzled with garlic butter. Perfect for dinner tonight!

Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

I am relying heavily on easy, one-pot (where possible) recipes lately and this shrimp and rice recipe with garlic butter has been a delicious constant in my kitchen.

I love buying good quality frozen shrimp/prawns and having them on stand-by in my freezer for dinner emergencies. They come in super handy with easy recipes like this one paired with rice and another freezer staple, frozen peas. This shrimp and rice recipe has a strong paella influence because it is one of my all-time favorite recipes but this version is a gazillion times easier and doesn’t require as many ingredients. However, if you wanted to, you could totally add chicken, sausage and other seafood to this recipe.

Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

How do you make shrimp and rice?

Any white rice will work well with this recipe. I used jasmine (because that’s what I had) but you can use basmati or arborio as well. Cook an onion and chopped garlic in a splash of olive oil until soft and translucent then add the rice, stock, tomatoes and peas and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is just cooked. While the rice cooks, sear the shrimp/prawns in another pan until golden brown then use that same pan to make the garlic butter sauce.

When the rice is cooked, I add the prawns to the rice, switch off the heat and cover with a lid to allow the rice and shrimp to steam for a few minutes. Serve with fresh lemon sliced, parsley and the garlic butter for drizzling.

Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

How do you thaw frozen shrimp?

It’s always best to thaw frozen food overnight in the refrigerator. Place the shrimp in its packaging in a bowl and place in the fridge to thaw. However if you want to speed up the process you can thaw the shrimp in a bowl of cold water for 10-20 minutes until the shrimp is thawed throughout.

How do I cook frozen shrimp?

Make sure your shrimp is completely defrosted/thawed before you cook it. Remove the shrimp from the packaging it thawed in then dry with kitchen towel/paper towel. This will help the shrimp sear and turn golden brown. If you don’t pat the shrimp dry they will most likely simmer in the pan instead of sear.

Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

What can I make with shrimp/prawns?

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Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice
Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This easy shrimp and rice recipe takes less than 30 minutes to cook and is delicious drizzled with garlic butter. Perfect for dinner tonight!

Course: Dinner, Easy Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rice recipe, Shrimp and rice, Shrimp recipe
Calories: 553 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • cups white rice
  • ½ cup white wine optional
  • 400g/14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken/fish stock
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
For the shrimp
  • 500g/1lb shrimp/prawns shelled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
for the garlic butter sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken/fish stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
to serve
  • chopped parsley
  • lemon slices
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry until fragrant and translucent. 

  2. Add the rice, stirring to coat the rice in the oil then add the wine (if using). Allow to simmer for a minute or two then add the tomatoes, stock and peas. Season with salt and pepper.  

  3. Reduce the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is just cooked and the liquid has been absorbed. 

  4. In the meantime, fry the shrimp in a very hot pan until golden brown on both sides (at this stage it's not necessary to ensure the shrimp are cooked through as they'll steam for another 5 minutes with the rice later). 

  5. Remove from the pan then add the butter and garlic and allow to cook for 30 seconds before deglazing the pan with the wine. Pour in the stock and lemon juice then allow to cook for 5 minutes until slightly reduced. 

  6. When the rice has absorbed the liquid, remove from the heat then add the shrimp. Cover with a lid and allow to steam for 5 minutes. 

  7. Serve the shrimp and rice with the garlic butter sauce, lemon slices and parsley. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 220mg 73%
Sodium 1131mg 47%
Potassium 496mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 74g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 9.8%
Vitamin C 31.9%
Calcium 17.6%
Iron 20.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Baili

    Is the rice precooked or is it raw in this process? ??

  • Lauren

    Made it last night and loved it. Anything with shrimp is a winner in my book.

  • christie

    i used brown rice and did the rice portion of the recipe in the instant pot using the sauté function then manual high pressure for 15 minutes. when it was almost done i seared the shrimp on the stove and made the sauce, then combined everything in the instant pot once the pressure was released. it was so delicious and easy! thank you for this recipe i will make again

    • Alida Ryder

      I am so pleased to hear that! I just got an Instant pot so can’t wait to start playing with it!

      • christie

        i hope you enjoy your instant pot! i use mine several times a week. i forgot to mention in my comment i added the peas at the very end, along with the shrimp and sauce, instead of while the rice was cooking so they wouldn’t get overdone.

  • Mary Williams

    thanks for sharing delious recipe love it

  • Karen

    My family and I loved this. So easy and very tasty.

  • Carrie

    Total hit. Will definitely make it again.

  • Shakira

    Super Easy recipe to Follow!!!

    It was a winner in my kitchen.
    Just the post got me drooling and the real thing definitely hit the spot??

  • Belinda

    Looks great!

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