Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe

Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe

This easy shrimp recipe, with a 15-minute garlic and lemon zest marinade, is a delicious solution for a fast weeknight dinner.


I like to check Seafood Watch for recommendations on which shrimp are the best to buy. I love this easy shrimp recipe, as it is so quick to make, and pairs well with store-bought foods such as olives, marinated artichoke hearts, cheese, and wine, to make a simple dinner perfect for hot weather. These shrimp can be broiled, grilled, or cooked stove-top, for a dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

My Favorite Kitchen Tool

This recipe utilizes one of my favorite must-have cooking tools, the microplane zester, for making lemon zest, AND, for my favorite hack, mincing garlic. The microplane creates finely minced garlic perfect for use in many recipe, and clean-up is so easy! No garlic-press cleaning, no trying to get the garlic small enough with your knife, just grate garlic cloves directly over the bowl, and it’s done!

Serving Suggestions

Try alongside Quick Pasta Recipe with Parsley-Mint Pesto or Zucchini Noodle Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Herbs.

5 from 1 vote
Easy Shrimp Recipe Garlic and Lemon Zest
Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe
Prep Time
23 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This recipe is a mash-up of souvlaki style Greek marinade from Beth over at Tasty Yummies and Spanish style Garlic Shrimp. This dish is terrific served hot, as well as cold the next day over a salad, or just as a snack.

Course: Appetizer, Salad, Tapas
Cuisine: California, Greek, Spanish
Servings: 4
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, or ⅓ cup freshly chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges
  1. Clean and devein shrimp. Mince garlic. 

  2. Preheat broiler to high. Toss shrimp in a bowl with garlic, oregano, smoked and sweet paprika, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, salt, and oil. Mix well so that shrimp are coated with mixture.

  3. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. (This is totally an optional step, but I find a good time to make a salad, pull out the olives, bread and cheese, or pour yourself a glass of wine.)
  4. Pour shrimp and marinade onto a baking sheet or in a cast iron pan. Broil for 7 minutes, or until pink and done inside. Remember the shrimp will continue to cook once out of the oven, so cook them until they JUST turn pink.

  5. Serve immediately, or if there are leftovers, they are terrific the next day, served cold. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and garnish with lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

These can also be skewered and grilled, or cooked stovetop in a hot skillet.

2 thoughts on “Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe”

  • LOVED this dish! It was super easy and fast. I served it with brown rice, broccoli and hollandaise. For lunch the next day, I enjoyed it cold with a greens salad. Hubby loved it too. This is my new go-to shrimp dish.

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