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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

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This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is sure to become a weeknight dinner fave and there’s a lot to love. It’s full of butter-y, lemon-y, pepper-y flavor (YUM!); it’s ready in about 10 minutes; and it’s made with simple ingredients. Serve over rice with a simple veggie or with lemon ricotta pasta and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious meal.

If you love shrimp, be sure to try my shrimp linguine, garlic butter shrimp with couscous, Old Bay shrimp boil, or crispy buffalo shrimp next time.

Bowl with lemon pepper shrimp over rice and green beans

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What You’ll Love About Lemon Pepper Fried Shrimp

  • Big and bright flavors
  • Made with just 6 basic ingredients (lots of pantry staples)
  • Easy to customize and change up how you serve it
  • Just 5 minutes prep time
  • Just 10 minutes total time


You need just 6 basic ingredients to make this lemon pepper shrimp and rice recipe – and a lot of them are pantry staples. Full ingredient amounts can be found below in the printable recipe card.

  • Lemon – You’ll need a fresh lemon as we’re using the zest from the lemon.
  • Pepper – I prefer freshly cracked black pepper as it’s an important ingredient – just like in bucatini cacio e pepe!
  • Salt – I prefer a wider salt, like kosher salt, or another salt that has a coarser grain. If you use regular salt, you should use less salt to start.
  • Oil – I’ve used olive oil, but you could also use a vegetable oil like canola or avocado.
  • Shrimp – Use raw shrimp in the biggest size you can find it. I find that that the tail-on shrimp has the best flavor, but you can also use tail-off for an easier bite. Be sure to peel shrimp and devein shrimp before cooking if necessary.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor or frozen garlic for a shortcut.
  • Butter – Use your favorite type of butter.
  • Sides – I like to serve this shrimp with rice and a veggie for a fast, easy, and nutritious meal (side ideas below!)
Ingredients to make lemon pepper shrimp recipe

How to Make Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Ok, let’s get to the recipe. Full instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

  • Prepare sides. Make rice or pasta and a veggie if you’re making one.
  • Make lemon pepper seasoning. In a small bowl, mix together lemon zest, freshly cracked pepper, and kosher salt.
Homemade lemon pepper seasoning in dish
  • Cook shrimp. Heat oil in a nonstick large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic to pan and cook until almost cooked through.
  • Season shrimp. Add butter to pan and sprinkle shrimp with lemon pepper seasoning. Toss to coat and cook until fragrant.
Lemon pepper shrimp with seasoning in skillet
  • Serve. Serve shrimp (and sauce!) over rice with a veggie on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lemon pepper good on shrimp?

Yes, lemon pepper is a perfect seasoning for fish and shrimp as it just enhances the flavor of the seafood. I think it’s such a great combination that it’s why I wanted to create this stir-fry -esque dish.

Can I use lemon pepper seasoning?

Of course! Because this recipe cooks up so quickly, I went ahead and made it from scratch (also fresh lemon zest and pepper are more flavorful!) but if you want a shortcut, absolutely use lemon pepper seasoning. I would start with about one tablespoon (for two pounds of shrimp) and taste to make sure you don’t add too much and it gets too salty.

What temperature should you cook shrimp to?

Shrimp, like most seafood, should be cooked to 145 degrees F. Use an instant read meat thermometer to cook perfectly.

Lemon pepper shrimp over rice with green beans

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat gently in a hot skillet, being sure to not overcook of the shrimp will be tough and rubbery.

Can you freeze lemon pepper shrimp?

You can freeze it in an airtight container for 2-3 months but it will definitely be best eaten fresh. You can also cut the recipe in half, just adjust the servings in the recipe card and the amounts will be updated.

Closeup of lemon pepper shrimp

How to Serve Lemon Pepper Garlic Shrimp to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If shrimp is a new or learning-to-like it food, try a tiny piece of shrimp in a pinch bowl (taster bowl!) alongside a few other items you know your kids will eat. At our house this is typically milk, fruit, and bread – if they don’t like rice.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Bowl of rice with lemon pepper shrimp

What to Serve with Easy Lemon Pepper Shrimp

I love serving this shrimp with lemon pepper seasoning with rice and a veggie. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Bowl with lemon pepper shrimp over rice and green beans

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

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This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is sure to become a weeknight dinner fave. It’s full of delicious flavor, ready in 10 min, and made with simple ingredients.


Units Scale
  • rice for serving
  • vegetable for serving (I love haricot verts)
  • 1 large lemon zested (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. raw shrimp
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  1. Prepare rice and vegetable.
  2. Make lemon pepper seasoning. Zest lemon and place in a small bowl. Stir in freshly cracked pepper, and kosher salt. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic to skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes, until almost cooked through. Add butter to shrimp and sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over shrimp. Toss to coat. Cook another 30-60 seconds until fragrant and shrimp are opaque.
  4. Serve over rice with a veggie on the side. 

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