Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

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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!

overhead shot of a skillet with Shrimp and Rice.


Shrimp and Rice Recipe

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.

Why You’ll Love This Shrimp Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: With simple ingredients and easy instructions, you’ll have a delicious meal ready in no time.
  • Flavorful Garlic Butter Sauce: The combination of melted butter and lightly browned garlic offers a rich, aromatic base that pairs beautifully with shrimp.
  • Creamy Parmesan Goodness: Adding parmesan cheese and milk creates a creamy texture, adding depth and richness to the dish.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Elegant enough for a dinner party, yet simple enough for a weeknight meal.

Ingredients For Garlic Butter Shrimp And Rice

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.

  • Minute rice: Serves as the hearty base for the dish, absorbing flavors and adding substance.
  • Unsalted butter: Creates a rich, silky base for the sauce and helps in sautéing the garlic and shrimp.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with a fragrant and savory aroma, a key component of the garlic butter sauce.
  • Shrimp: Juicy shrimp are delicious and their mild flavor pairs well with the garlic butter sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese: Adds a creamy and slightly tangy flavor, enhancing the richness of the dish.
  • Milk: Provides a touch of creaminess to the sauce, complementing the melted cheese.
Cooked white rice in a saucepan with several cooked shrimp arranged on top of the rice.

How To Make Shrimp and Rice

Garlic butter shrimp and rice 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.  

  1. Prepare the Minute Rice according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and stir in the garlic. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple of minutes or until pink.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from heat and serve!

Tips And Variations

  • Opt for good-quality fresh shrimp to elevate the dish’s taste. For convenience, consider purchasing shrimp that’s already peeled and deveined. For those utilizing frozen shrimp, ensure they’re thoroughly thawed before you start cooking.
  • Shrimp Cooking Tip: Shrimp have a short cooking time, often only a few minutes. To avoid a rubbery texture, monitor them closely. You’ll know they’re ready when they turn a pink hue and lose their translucency.
  • Garlic Butter Preparation: Avoid over-browning the garlic, as it can introduce a displeasing bitter flavor to the overall dish.
  • Seafood: Consider incorporating scallops or pieces of white fish for a diverse flavor and texture profile.
  • Rice: If rice isn’t your go-to, feel free to pair the shrimp with alternatives like quinoa, couscous, or even your favorite pasta.
  • Spice: For those who enjoy a spicy kick, introduce a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or a hint of cayenne into the garlic butter mix.
Overhead shot of a skillet with prepared Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice.

What to Serve with Shrimp and Rice

By 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.

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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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


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

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  1. Alma says:

    This was really simple and good. Picky husband loved it. Will make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! It’s always a win when even the picky eaters enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your feedback! 🙂

  2. Lori says:

    Great, quick dish! I had leftover brown rice so even easier! I added about a cup of frozen peas and about a half cup of white wine after sautéing the garlic and then put the shrimp in. Also used a good amount of white pepper! Really lovely and easy dish!

    1. Katerina says:

      Great to hear it turned out well! Your additions sound delicious. Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Meredythe Holmes says:

    Super delicious and super easy.

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m happy to hear you found the recipe both delicious and easy to make! Thank YOU! 🙂