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Browned Butter Shrimp Skillet

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

Happy 4th everyone! Around this time last year, I posted firecracker shrimp to go with all the booms and bangs that makes this day so festive. This year, it’s yet another shrimp recipe but it’s not 4th of July themed. Nothing too crazy like shrimp with red, blue and white stripes. It’s just your average shrimp. If you can call browned butter shrimp average.

Now there’s something magical that happens to butter when you simmer it for a long time. It turns brown which is nothing special in and of itself. The magical part is the nutty aroma and flavor that comes with the browning. It’s crazy addictive! So count this meal as something to indulge in and treat yourself with because you’ve earned it.

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

The recipe has about five main ingredients, kinda like my honey garlic shrimp skillet. It’s easy and you should have most of the stuff in your pantry already. There’s the browned nutty butter, garlic for that garlicky taste, brown sugar to caramelize flavors a little and smoked paprika to make it smoky! Sounds good? Then let’s get started!

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

I used jumbo shrimp here and a 14″ stainless steel skillet. As much as I wanted some cast iron pics (cause they turn out so beautiful), the trick to making browned butter is to have a light colored pan so you can see the change in hues from bright yellow to brown.

Do this over medium to medium low heat so you don’t burn the butter. If you’re not confident or a little nervous, brown it over medium low or low heat. It will just take a little longer. Once it starts frothing, it should take 3-5 minutes to brown. Some dark golden flecks will start to appear. If you’re interested in the science of it, here’s a great guide to learn more. It helped me understand what I was aiming for. You’ll want to stir the butter once it starts foaming. I did this with a silicone spatula to get to all the corners.

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

Once the butter has browned, remove about 3/4 of the it from the pan and let it sit. This will be your drizzle later. With the remaining butter start cooking your shrimp. Mix the shrimp with garlic, brown sugar, paprika and salt and pepper to taste and cook over medium heat until pink. This should take about 1 minute per side but if you want a nice sear, cook it slightly longer. I generally use some tongs to grip the shrimp and rub them into the caramelized bits sticking to the bottom of the pan while it’s cooking for this.

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

One thing to note is the longer shrimp cooks, the smaller it gets. If this is an issue for you and you want big, juicy shrimp don’t cook it too long. If you want it charred but want big shrimp, remove the shrimp from the skillet after the 2 minutes of cooking and wait until browned bits start to form in the pan. Reintroduce it to the skillet and start rubbing your shrimp into the browned bits.

This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

And that’s really all there is to it! Use the browned butter as a drizzle while serving. You can use as little or as much as you want but this should yield enough for 4 servings. Serve with other stuff like some greens and enjoy!

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This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet has is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

Browned Butter Shrimp Skillet


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1. lb shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a light colored skillet
  2. Once it begins to foam reduce heat to medium low and start stirring
  3. Stir and simmer for about 3-5 minutes until butter browns
  4. Remove from heat and pour 3/4 of the butter into a bowl and let it sit
  5. Return pan to heat and increase heat to medium again
  6. Add in garlic and simmer until fragrant
  7. Toss in the shrimp and season with brown sugar, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste Stir to combine and cook your shrimp, about 1 minute per side
  8. To blacken the shrimp, cook a little longer and use tongs to rub the shrimp into the caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan
  9. Dish and serve hot drizzled with browned butter
This quick and easy browned butter shrimp skillet is smoky, sweet and savory with a buttery nutty flavor!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Dorothy Dunton
    July 5, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Hi Farah! I can almost smell this! I love brown butter sauce, especially with fish and now shrimp! I think I’d make some bacon fried rice and sugar snap peas to go with! Thanks!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Heya Dorothy 🙂 I know, right? The smell is AMAZING. It just hits you and then you gotta taste it and just keep on tasting it till there’s almost nothing left! Those are yummy sides to go with it. Especially that bacon rice, yum!

      • Reply
        kenya Allison
        March 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM

        Hi Farah, I just discovered your site last night and found so many dishes I would love to make. I am definitely making the honey garlic shrimp tonight. Here is the thing. I am counting calories and I would like to know if I find a recipe is there a way for me to easily beak down calories, fat and carbs per serving.
        I don’t know if you will be able to help me with this but I would greatly appreciate it. I want to try all of your recipes but not gain a ton because everything looks so amazing! lol

        • Reply
          The Cooking Jar
          March 20, 2016 at 5:18 PM

          Heya Kenya. I generally put nutritional labels on the stuff that is healthy or moderately healthy. If it doesn’t have a nutritional label, you probably will want to stay away from them if you’re counting calories. That being said, I’ll email you a way to calculate the recipes here that don’t have a nutritional label so you can make an informed decision!

  • Reply
    Amallia @DesireToEat
    July 6, 2015 at 2:55 AM

    wow the butter shrimps looks so delicious. Nice pictures too 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Thanks, Amallia. Go try it, it’s so yummy. Browned butter = YUM.

  • Reply
    FoodGeekGraze
    August 13, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    i am feelin’ the clever addition of smoked paprika with browned butter. thank you for the genius combination lead 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Oh I love smoked paprika. I try to sneak it into recipes whenever I can 😉

  • Reply
    Barbara Konopka
    March 14, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Just found your website this afternoon. Your recipes sound delicious and I can’t wait to try them-especially the Honey Garlic Shrimp. One think I like about your recipes is that they only have a few ingredients and only take a few minutes to prepare. Can’t wait to try.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 20, 2016 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks for saying so, Barbara. That’s my general goal with this blog. To put meals on the table with minimal fuss for those new/new-ish to cooking or those short on time. With the exception of my older recipes, I now try to only use ingredients that can easily be found at local grocery stores to make things more approachable. Good luck trying out the recipes and I hope you enjoy them!

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