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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

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


This quick and easy browned butter shrimp makes perfectly seared, sweet and savory shrimp with a buttery nutty flavor!


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


  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet.
  2. Once the butter 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 set aside.
  5. Return pan to heat and increase heat to medium again. Add in garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  6. Toss in the shrimp and season with brown sugar, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Sear the shrimp on both sides until cooked, about 1-2 minutes 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 remaining browned butter.
  10. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins