Garlic Butter Shrimp & Asparagus

Acquiring a handful of swift, effortless, and tasty recipes is pivotal for weeknight dinner triumph. Much like our lemon garlic butter shrimp, yet with an added burst of springiness from asparagus, this garlic butter shrimp & asparagus dish is among those go-to recipes. The method is straightforward, requiring just 20 minutes from start to serving, making it suitable for cooks of any skill level. Packed with buttery goodness and a hearty dose of garlic, it’s sure to satisfy. Keep reading for our foolproof tips to nail it every time.


– 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, divided
– 2 bunches of asparagus (approximately 1 1/2 pounds in total), with tough ends trimmed
– Kosher salt
– 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
– 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon of onion powder
– A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
– 1 1/2 pounds of medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
– Zest of 1 lemon
– Juice from 1/2 lemon
– Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus are tender yet still slightly crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer them to a plate.

Step 2

In the same skillet over medium heat, melt the butter along with the garlic, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the shrimp and season with another 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked asparagus. Then, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley, tossing everything together to combine.

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