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Cooked shrimp, lemon slices on white plate.

Pan Seared Lemon Herb Shrimp

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  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This quick and easy pan seared shrimp is a delicious meal to prepare on a weeknight because it is on the table in about 15 minutes. The shrimp is quickly sautéed and served with a lemon scallion sauce.  


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  • 1 pound large Shrimp, peeled & deveined *
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Lemon Scallion Sauce

  • juice of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Pat dry shrimp with paper towel.
  2. Combine spices in bowl and stir in shrimp.
  3. Heat large frying pan over medium heat and pour in the oil.
  4. Place shrimp in pan and cook 1 minute. Turn shrimp over and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  5. The shrimp is done when it is just about starts to curl.  The color will also change to a pinky/orange.
  6. Remove shrimp to platter.  
  7. Make sauce - melt butter in pan over medium heat.  Stir in the scallions, bay leaves, lemon juice.  Bring sauce to a low simmer.  Remove from heat, stir in parsley and discard bay leaves.
  8. Drizzle sauce over shrimp before serving.


*If your shrimp are extra large, they will probably need an extra minute to cook.

*Use a large skillet and cook the shrimp in batches if needed.

*Don't overcook the shrimp, they will be a bit tough and chewy.