Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe

Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe

This easy shrimp recipe, with a 15-minute garlic and lemon zest marinade, is a delicious solution for a fast weeknight dinner.

Shrimp Recipe for an Easy Healthy Dinner

I love shrimp because it’s so quick to cook, and tastes delicious! I love pairing this dish with olives, marinated artichoke hearts, cheese, and wine for a simple tapas-style dinner. The recipe is super versatile, as the shrimp can be broiled, grilled, or cooked on the stove-top. I check Seafood Watch for recommendations on which shrimp are the best to buy.

What is a Microplane?

One of my favorite must-have cooking tools, is the microplane zester. A microplane is a grater tool with super small razor sharp edges. I use it to zest lemons, grate ginger, AND my favorite hack, grating garlic. The microplane creates finely minced garlic (almost garlic paste!) perfect for use in many recipes. I prefer the microplane because clean-up is really easy. There’s no garlic-press to clean, and no endless garlic mincing. Just grate the garlic cloves directly over the bowl, rinse the microplane, and it’s done!

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What is Smoked Paprika?

Smoked paprika comes from the La Vera region of Spain. It is made from dried peppers that have been smoked over an oak wood fire. Smoked paprika can be sweet or spicy, and I use the sweet variety in this recipe. Smoked paprika has an intensely smokey flavor that adds a great layer to many dishes. I also like to use smoked paprika in my chili recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Try alongside Quick Pasta Recipe with Parsley-Mint Pesto or Zucchini Noodle Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Herbs.

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Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe

An incredibly easy shrimp recipe that is very delicious. 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Tapas
Cuisine: California, Spanish
Keyword: shrimp recipe
Prep Time: 23 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 340kcal


  • 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


  • Clean and devein shrimp, if necessary. Mince garlic. Zest lemons, then cut into wedges.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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. Alternatively, cook them on the stove top, in a single layer in a pan, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges. If there are leftovers, they are terrific the next day, served cold over a salad. 



These can also be skewered and grilled, or cooked stovetop in a hot skillet.
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2 thoughts on “Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp Recipe”

  • 5 stars
    LOVED this dish! It was super easy and fast. I served it with brown rice, broccoli and hollandaise. For lunch the next day, I enjoyed it cold with a greens salad. Hubby loved it too. This is my new go-to shrimp dish.

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