Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

Easy garlic butter shrimp and rice

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 553kcal
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


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry until fragrant and translucent. 
  • 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.  
  • Reduce the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is just cooked and the liquid has been absorbed. 
  • 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). 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Serve the shrimp and rice with the garlic butter sauce, lemon slices and parsley. 


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 1131mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 26.3mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 3.7mg