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How to Cook Shrimp on the Stove

You'll be the star of the show with these shrimp cooked on the stove! Easy and ready in minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to cook shrimp on the stove, pan fried shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 1 lb of frozen peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 4 Tbs cooking oil - divided
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ lemon


  • Thaw the shrimp by either placing in the refrigerator on the day before you plan to use OR by placing into a colander and running under cold tap water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Dry the shrimp with a paper or cloth towel.
  • Mix TWO tbs of oil with garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl and stir the shrimp into the bowl. Place the bowl into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat, add the remaining 2 Tbs of oil. When oil surface is shimmery and the oil is hot (about 2-3 minutes) , add the entire contents of the shrimp bowl and reduce the heat to medium high.
  • Stir the shrimp and turn until the shrimp turn pink and begin to curl (about 5 minutes). Turn off the heat and squeeze the lemon over the top of the shrimp. Serve with any extra lemon.



  • Use the best frying pan that you can afford.  A nice heavy frying pan will heat evenly and will cook your shrimp evenly. 
  • It can be tricky to cook shrimp properly, when you see the shrimp starting to curl and turning pink they are done.  Don't overcook them, because the texture will become yucky. 
  • You will probably want to use more oil than what is stated, but really, you'll see that this is enough oil.  
PRO TIP:  Melt a couple tablespoons of butter to use as a dip for your shrimp.  You can add some seasoning to the butter like minced garlic or flavored salts to give it a little extra zing.  Make sure to sprinkle some lemon juice or lime juice over the top of your shrimp for a perfect acid balance.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1203mg | Potassium: 109mg | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 2.5mg