This Garlic Butter Shrimp freezer meal is a delicious easy recipe. The flavours are dynamite! This is my daughter Eliana’s favourite lunch dish ever.
This recipe is so versatile. I love it served over pasta with some spicy red chili flakes and grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled over top, but you can also eat it in a rice bowl or on a salad if you prefer.
I got this recipe from my friend Corrine. She had found it in a magazine and discovered that it froze well. The initial recipe had a lot of steps to it and we try to keep our freezer meals as simple to put together as possible, so we experimented and adapted and came up with this recipe. It still has the same great taste as the original, but there are much fewer steps involved in getting it ready.
For this recipe, you really want to use real butter and fresh garlic. You can save time by using jarred minced garlic, but trust me, it is worth the few extra minutes to use the fresh ingredients for this one!
Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe:
- 1 lb. medium shrimp, deveined and tails removed
- 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- Dash of red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper
Using a fork or an electric beater, blend the butter, garlic, olive oil, and spices until they are thoroughly mixed. Add with shrimp into a large resealable freezer bag. Seal, lay flat and freeze.
*Note – If you use frozen uncooked shrimp, it often has the tail on. Prepare your butter mixture first, then you can remove the tails of the shrimp without them thawing by de-tailing them under cool running water and doing it quickly so that you can get it back in the freezer right away. This also helps clean the shrimp for cooking.
On the cooking day, take the bag out of the freezer and thaw. Sauté shrimp and butter sauce for 6-7 minutes over medium heat just until they turn pink. If you want to turn this into garlic butter shrimp pasta, cook 8-12 oz. of the pasta of your choice and drain, saving 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Add the shrimp with butter sauce to the pasta. Add some or all of the reserved pasta water. Toss the ingredients together and serve.
You can throw on a bit of parsley if you like. Personally, I like to add red chili flakes and grated Parmesan or asiago cheese on mine.
You can find this garlic butter shrimp recipe along with other quick and easy meals in our Dinner in 20 Freezer Meal Plan. It includes recipes, prep lists, shopping lists, and printable labels making it easy to get dinner on the table on those busy weeknights. Here are some other fast weeknight recipes for you to try: