Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp 10 Minute Recipe

Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp is a flavorful and eye-catching dish. It's especially great for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) because it's healthy, low in sodium, and not too high in protein. This recipe is a fantastic choice for those who want to enjoy a tasty meal while taking care of their health.

Close Up of shrimp on fork.

This dish uses natural ingredients like garlic and lemon juice, which are good for kidney health. People with CKD need to watch their sodium and protein intake to avoid extra kidney stress. This recipe meets those needs perfectly. It offers a delicious way to eat well without ignoring dietary limits.

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Ingredients For Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients for Lemon garlic shrimp recipe
  • Texas Twist - Adds a bold, Southwestern flavor profile with its blend of spices.
  • Butter, regular, no added salt - Used for its rich flavor and to sauté the shrimp, offering a creamy texture.
  • Shrimp, raw - Serves as the primary protein, providing sweetness and a delicate texture to the dish.
  • Lemon juice, raw - Brings acidity and brightness, enhancing the dish's flavors and balancing richness.
  • Garlic, raw - Adds depth and a savory element, complementing both the shrimp and the seasoning.
  • Pepper, black, ground - Provides subtle heat and enhances the overall flavor complexity of the dish.

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Instructions To Make Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

melted butter with garlic

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

all ingredients in pan including lemon garlic shrimp.

2. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp starts to turn pink. Add lemon juice, and Texas twist spice to the skillet and stir to combine thoroughly. Season with black pepper, to taste, and remove from heat.

Hint: Ensure your shrimp are properly peeled and deveined, but leave the tails on for an added touch of elegance and ease of eating. 

Substitutions in Shrimp Recipes

Sometimes you might want to change the way a recipe is to better help your diet. Here are some ideas for substitutions that you could make to adjust the recipe.

  • Olive Oil for Butter: Swap out regular butter for olive oil to reduce saturated fat and introduce heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Lower Protein Shrimp Alternatives: Using a smaller portion of shrimp or substituting part of the shrimp with a low-protein vegetable, like zucchini or bell peppers, can help.
  • Spice it up - Add some red pepper flakes to up the spice level even more

Variations for Spicy Lemon Shrimp

For individuals managing chronic kidney disease (CKD), finding delicious, kidney-friendly meals that don't sacrifice flavor for health is a top priority. Our Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe can be easily adapted into a variety of mouth-watering variations that cater to the dietary needs of those with CKD.

With options like the refreshing Citrus Herb Shrimp, the zesty Garlic Ginger Shrimp, and the flavorful Mediterranean Shrimp, each variation offers a delightful taste experience while keeping health considerations in mind.

  • Citrus Herb Shrimp: Replace the Texas Twist and black pepper with a blend of fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, and dill, along with a mix of citrus juices like orange and lime for a refreshing, kidney-friendly variation.
  • Garlic Ginger Shrimp: Incorporate minced ginger along with the garlic to add a bright, zesty flavor that's not only delicious but may offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger pairs well with lemon and can provide a flavor boost without the need for extra salt.
  • Mediterranean Shrimp: Use a combination of olive oil, lemon juice, fresh chopped tomatoes, olives, and a dash of oregano for a Mediterranean twist. This variation is rich in antioxidants and healthy fats from the olives and olive oil, and low in sodium, making it a heart-healthy option for individuals with CKD.
close up of lemon garlic shrimp recipe.

Storage for Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

You probably won't have much left of this recipe, as it's a great meal to share. But if you do, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you make it and save some, it's a delicious dinner leftover for the next day. It's one of my favorite recipes when you combine it with angel hair pasta noodles.

Top tip for cooking shrimp

Shrimp cook very quickly, usually in about 2-3 minutes per side, and they'll turn a pinkish color with a slight curl when they're done. Overcooking can make them tough and rubbery, so it's crucial to watch them closely and remove them from the heat as soon as they're evenly pink and opaque throughout, ensuring they remain juicy and tender.

FAQ for Spicy Shrimp

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for this recipe. Ensure that they are fully thawed before use by placing them in the refrigerator overnight or in a colander under cold running water for about 15-20 minutes. Thawed shrimp cooks more evenly and absorbs marinade and seasonings better.

Is it necessary to remove the tails of the shrimp for this recipe?

Removing the tails of the shrimp is a personal preference and is not strictly necessary for this recipe. Leaving the tails on can add visual appeal and provide a handle for eating, especially if serving as an appetizer. However, removing them can make the shrimp easier to eat, especially if served in a dish where utensils will be used.

Side Dishes For CKD

Looking for something to eat with this lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe? Try these:

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Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Close Up Of Lemon garlic shrimp with fork.

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Quick and easy spicy garlic shrimp meal.

  • Author: Mathea Ford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Sauteing
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Salt



1 tsp Texas Twist


6 ounces SHRIMP, RAW





1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add raw shrimp to skillet in a single layer and cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp starts to turn pink.

3. Add lemon juice, and Texas twist spice to the skillet and stir to combine thoroughly. Scrape the bottom of the pan for the browned bits to add flavor to the meal.  Season with black pepper, to taste, and remove from heat.

4. Spoon shrimp over a bed of cooked quinoa, brown rice, or your favorite pasta (not included in the nutritional analysis). Drizzle some pan juices over each serving. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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  1. Will this starter kit include meals for 2000 calorie diet and give all food to be eaten each day, including snacks.

    1. It contains meals and snacks for 7 full days. You make some choices on amount of calories but it will work for 2000 calorie diets