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Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice is prepared with juicy shrimp sautéed in a rich garlic butter sauce and mixed with fluffy, perfectly cooked rice. It’s a quick, easy, and incredibly delicious meal!

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

Sometimes, the most straightforward recipes are the most extraordinary, and our Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice is the perfect example. Combining the rich taste of garlic-butter with perfectly cooked shrimp and fluffy rice, this dish is a testament to the power of well-balanced, straightforward flavors.

The beauty of this rice recipe lies not just in its flavor but also in its speed and simplicity. It’s a meal that can be whipped up in about 20 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights when you want something quick and easy yet delicious and enjoyable.

Side shot of cooked rice with cooked shrimp arranged on top.


  • Minute Rice: Yep, the quick stuff!
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Shrimp
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Milk
Cooked white rice in a saucepan with several cooked shrimp arranged on top of the rice.

How To Make Shrimp and Rice

  1. Prepare the Minute Rice according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and stir in the garlic.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple of minutes or until pink.
  4. Stir in the rice, followed by the cheese, milk, parsley, salt, and pepper; mix and stir for a minute or two or until creamy and heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and serve!

To make this meal even more tasty, consider garnishing it with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or a squeeze of lemon juice. The fresh, vibrant flavors of these additions cut through the richness of the garlic butter and bring a welcome burst of freshness.

Overhead shot of a skillet with prepared Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice.

What to Serve with Shrimp and Rice

Serving this garlic butter shrimp on a bed of rice allows the grains to soak up the delicious, buttery sauce, but we can always use a side dish or three. 👇

  1. Vegetables: Simple steamed or roasted vegetables like broccolini, asparagus, or green beans can balance out the richness of the shrimp and rice.
  2. Fresh Salad: A fresh salad with a light vinaigrette can provide a refreshing contrast to the warm, buttery shrimp and rice. Try this tangy Radish Cucumber Tomato Salad.
  3. Corn: Grilled corn on the cob or my Air Fryer Corn on the Cob would add a sweet, smoky flavor that complements the shrimp wonderfully.

This garlic butter shrimp is one of my go-to recipes when I have zero time to think and absolutely no time to prepare. THIS is that. It takes just twenty minutes if that, and there’s very little clean-up. Looking for an easy shrimp recipe without rice? Grab this Easy Garlic Shrimp with Bacon in Creamy Parmesan Sauce.  

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Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

Katerina | Diethood
Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice is prepared with juicy shrimp sautéed in a rich garlic butter sauce and mixed with fluffy, perfectly cooked rice.
4.94 from 43 votes
Servings : 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup Minute rice, you can use dry rice, as well, just cook it according to the package directions
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 to 16 ounces extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on or off
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • shredded parmesan cheese for garnish, optional


  • Prepare the rice according to the directions on the box.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently. Do not burn the garlic. Lower the heat if the garlic starts to brown too fast.
  • Stir in the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes, or until they turn pink, stirring frequently.
  • Add the prepared rice to the skillet; stir and mix until well combined.
  • Add the parmesan cheese, milk, parsley, salt, and pepper; mix and stir for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy and heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve.


  • Use fresh, good-quality shrimp for the best flavor. If possible, buy them already peeled and deveined to save time. If you’re using frozen shrimp, thaw them properly before cooking.
  • Cooking the Shrimp: Shrimp cook quickly, usually in just a few minutes. Overcooking can make them rubbery, so keep a close eye on them. They’re done when they turn pink and opaque.
  • Making the Garlic Butter: Be careful not to burn the garlic when making the garlic butter. Burned garlic has a bitter taste that can overpower the dish.
  • You can add scallops or chunks of white fish to the dish for more variety.
  • If you prefer, you could serve the shrimp over quinoa, couscous, or even pasta instead of rice.
  • If you like heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper to the garlic butter.


Serving: 6 ounces | Calories: 326 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 16 g | Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 12 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 157 mg | Sodium: 725 mg | Potassium: 155 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 918 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 153 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 19 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: garlic butter, rice recipes, shrimp and rice, shrimp recipes
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