Cast Iron Shrimp makes the best, quick and easy weeknight meal. The garlic butter gives the shrimp amazing flavor with simple ingredients.

Garlic Butter Shrimp in a cast iron skillet with a serving on a spoon
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I love making seafood recipes for my family for an easy weeknight meal. The shrimp cooks easily in the cast iron skillet and in the garlic butter sauce. Shrimp is my kids favorite so this recipe has been on a weekly rotation. You may like Blackstone Garlic Butter Shrimp for another easy meal idea.

If you love cooking in a cast iron skillet, check out these recipes – Cast Iron Queso, Cast Iron Brownies, and Cast Iron Biscuits.

Why We Love This Recipe

We love making shrimp on the grill but it is even better in the cast iron skillet. You can cook it on the grill or on the stovetop. The shrimp always taste amazing with the smoky and buttery flavor.

Serve this shrimp with your favorite side dishes for a complete meal idea.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cast Iron Shrimp - shrimp, lemon, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, butter
  • Raw Shrimp – We like to buy the medium-sized shrimp that has been peeled and deveined with tails on. 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Seasoning Ideas

Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. We have even added in fresh herbs.

  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Parsley

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Reheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit). 
Combining the uncooked shrimp with the lemon zest,  olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper

Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, toss together the shrimp, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until the shrimp is coated in the oil and seasonings. 

Melting butter in a cast iron skillet

Step 3 – Place the cast iron skillet on the grill and allow it to be heated through (a few minutes). Add the unsalted butter to the skillet and melt butter. 

Placing the uncooked seasoned shrimp in the cast iron skillet

Step 4 – Place the shrimp into a single layer in the pan.  Cook the shrimp for approximately 1 minute without moving the shrimp until the bottom of the shrimp is golden brown.  

Cooked shrimp in the cast iron skillet

Step 5 – Carefully flip the shrimp and sauté the other side of the shrimp for approximately 1 minute until the other side is cooked through and browned.  

  • Step 6 – Remove the pan from the grill.  Top the shrimp with the lemon juice. 
  • Step 7 – Serve immediately while warm with fresh lemon juice in a serving dish and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips 

  • Frozen Shrimp – Make sure that the shrimp is defrosting prior to cooking them in the skillet.  
  • Heat Skillet – Before adding the shrimp to the skillet, make sure the skillet has been preheated. This gives the shrimp a nice sear.
  • Cooking Shrimp – Make sure to flip the shrimp while cooking to cook both sides. Cooking time will vary.
Garlic Butter shrimp

Serving Suggestions

This delicious shrimp recipe can be served with many different side dishes. You can easily make a shrimp Caesar salad or Blackstone Shrimp Tacos. We also enjoy serving over rice or make Blackstone Shrimp Fried Rice.

If we serve over pasta, we love to make this Homemade Artisan Crusty Bread to serve with it. You can even make Grilled Asparagus in Foil Recipe, Grilled Green Beans in Foil, or Grilled Cauliflower in Foil to complete your meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Shrimp

Refrigerate any leftover shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Check out these 75 Easy Leftover Shrimp Recipes to serve this shrimp in a second meal.

What Size of the Shrimp is best?

We usually by the medium to jumbo size uncooked shrimp when making this recipe.

How to Reheat Leftovers

Reheat the leftover shrimp in the microwave or on the stovetop. You may need to add a tablespoon of butter for extra flavor.

Garlic butter shrimp in cast iron skillet with slice lemons

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Cast Iron Shrimp

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Cast Iron Shrimp makes the best, quick and easy weeknight meal. The garlic butter gives the shrimp amazing flavor with simple ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 198

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Reheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the shrimp, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until the shrimp is coated in the oil and seasonings.
  • Place the cast iron skillet on the grill and allow it to be heated through (a few minutes).
  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt it.
  • Place the shrimp into a single layer in the pan.  Cook the shrimp for approximately 1 minute without moving the shrimp until the bottom of the shrimp is golden brown.
  • Carefully flip the shrimp and cook the other side of the shrimp for approximately 1 minute until the other side is cooked through and browned.
  • Remove the pan from the grill.  Top the shrimp with the lemon juice.
  • Serve immediately while warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure that the shrimp is defrosting prior to cooking them in the skillet.  
Refrigerate any leftover shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 198kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 16g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 158mg, Sodium 833mg, Potassium 147mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 0.04g, Vitamin A 380IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 70mg, Iron 0.4mg

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