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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

Course: Appetizer, Salad, Tapas
Cuisine: California, Greek, Spanish
Keyword: easy spanish tapas
Servings: 4
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Clean and devein shrimp, if necessary. Mince garlic. Zest lemons, then cut into wedges.

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

  3. Set aside for 15 minutes. (This is totally an optional step, but it increases the  flavor of the final dish. I find it to be a good time to make a salad, pull out the olives and 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, garnished with lemon wedges. If there are leftovers, they are terrific the next day, served cold over a salad. 

Recipe Notes

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