Appetizer Essentials: Pan-Fried Garlic Shrimp

Andy Anderson !


If you love shrimp, and you want an easy recipe that packs great flavor, and will impress your guests, then you might want to take a look.

It is easy to put together, and if you have the shrimp, you probably have everything else you will need.

Although I call this an appetizer, it could just as easily be expanded into a full meal.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
5 Min
Stove Top



  • 8 - 10 large
    raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail on
  • 1 pinch
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 1 tsp
    paprika, hot or mild, your choice
  • ·
    extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    red-pepper flakes
  • 2 clove
    garlic, thinly sliced

  • ·
    crusty bread, for dipping
  • ·
    lemon wedges, for serving

  • 1
    splash of dry sherry

How to Make Appetizer Essentials: Pan-Fried Garlic Shrimp


  2. My favorite pan to use for this recipe is a small-size cast-iron pan; however, you can use any pan, big or small.
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Place the shrimp in a small bowl, and toss with the salt, and paprika. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add enough extra-virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of your pan, and add the garlic.
  6. Adjust the heat to medium-low, and allow the garlic to baste in the warming olive oil.
  7. After 2 – 3 minutes toss in the red-pepper flakes, and stir to combine.
  8. When the garlic begins to sizzle (about 10 minutes), add the shrimp in a single layer.
  9. When they begin to turn pink (about 2 – 3 minutes), flip and cook for an additional minute.
  10. Chef’s Note: If you are using the sherry, add it as soon as you flip the shrimp over.
  11. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow the shrimp to finish cooking in the warm oil, another minute or so.
  13. Serve while still nice and warm, with some crusty bread, for dipping into the wonderful garlic-infused olive oil. Enjoy.
  14. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Appetizer Essentials: Pan-Fried Garlic Shrimp

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

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