Lemon Pepper Shrimp

LAST UPDATED: Jul 29, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 21, 2020 | By:

This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is the epitome of summertime sunshine for dinner! Use this recipe for lemon pepper shrimp on pasta, alongside a fresh green salad, or with a side of roasted veggies. It’s a fresh, healthy take on a classic favorite that works on the grill or stovetop!

Cooked lemon pepper shrimp on a white plate.

There’s just something about the fresh, citrus burst of lemon when combined with the sharp bite of fresh ground pepper. It gets me every time! 

I have spent much of the summer creating fresh, healthy recipes for the grill. This quick and easy recipe for lemon pepper shrimp is one you can’t skip! 

A plate full of a recipe for lemon pepper shrimp.

There are so many ways to use my homemade lemon pepper seasoning recipe. Try my lemon pepper chicken, lemon pepper sauce for pasta, and lemon pepper salmon, too! 

I know you’re going to love it as much as we do! Keep reading for all the details on flavor, ingredients, how to prepare, store, and so much more.

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A plate full of a recipe for lemon pepper shrimp.

Why You’ll Love this Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Something about the flavor of this bright citrus infused shrimp makes me feel like I am soaking in the rays at the beach on vacation! I love that the fragrance and zest of a simple dinner like this can transport you to somewhere else… even if it’s only in your imagination! 

Even better? This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is incredibly healthy! Shrimp is an excellent addition to a low carb diet and fits perfectly into a Keto or Whole 30 lifestyle plan. It’s low carb, low calorie, and rich in protein and vitamins and minerals! 

A close up shot of lemon pepper shrimp.

Psst… do you love lemon everything as much as we do? Check out the rest of my lemon recipe collection, and you can’t miss this incredible lemon pepper pasta sauce!

Cooked lemon pepper shrimp on a white plate.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Ingredients

  • Fresh shrimp – peeled and deveined. You can also use frozen shrimp (defrosted according to package directions) but fresh is always best!
  • Olive oil – I like extra virgin olive oil but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning – store bought or make your own!
  • Lemon juice – fresh squeezed or store bought.
  • Parsley – chopped for garnish.
A plate of raw shrimp and ingredients for lemon pepper shrimp recipe spread out on a marble surface.

Variations

  • Add garlic for another layer of irresistible flavor – see my lemon garlic shrimp recipe for reference. 
  • Spice it up even more! Add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to your seasoning blend.
  • For an added dose of flavor, baste with a little melted butter as the shrimp are cooking.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Shrimp On the Stovetop

  1. Prep Make sure shrimp are completely thawed.
  2. Season shrimp with lemon pepper seasoning. A plate of raw shrimp with lemon pepper seasoning on top.
  3. Heat Oil – Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. A pan full of oil on a stove top.When oil moves around the pan easily, add shrimp. (They will sizzle when they hit the pan.) A pan on a stove top cooking lemon pepper shrimp.
  4. Sauté – Add shrimp and sauté for about one minute. Add lemon juice to pan. Sauté an additional one minute, then flip, cooking for an additional two minutes. Cook until pink and completely opaque – this is how you’ll know when they are done. A pan on a stove top cooking lemon pepper shrimp.
  5. Serve – plate your shrimp. A round plate full of cooked lemon pepper shrimp.Optional: Garnish with another squeeze of fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley for a pretty shot of color. A round plate full of cooked lemon pepper shrimp.

In the Oven

  1. Prep and Season – Set your oven to broil. Prep and season your shrimp as listed in steps above.
  2. Line Sheet Pan with Shrimp – Arrange your shrimp on a baking sheet in an even layer – I like to use aluminum foil for easy clean up. A quick spray of olive oil on the foil will help eliminate sticking, too!
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. You’re looking for that perfect pink color discussed in the other cooking methods above – it’s so easy!
A round plate full of cooked lemon pepper shrimp.

On the Grill

  1. Dry shrimp and put on skewers (metal or bamboo soaked 15+ minutes in water).
  2. Preheat grill to medium high. Brush grill grate with olive oil.
  3. Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes until the shrimp turn pink.
  4. Flip and grill 2-3 minutes on the other side until translucent and pink.
A round plate full of cooked lemon pepper shrimp.

What to Serve with Lemon Pepper Shrimp

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta

In my humble opinion, the best way to serve this lemon pepper shrimp recipe is on top of a gorgeous bed of pasta. There’s just something about the texture of crispy-on-the-outside shrimp and a bowl of perfectly cooked al dente pasta… I can’t get enough!

Try this recipe on top of my lemon pepper sauce. And if you’ve never made my easy homemade pasta, you’re in for a real treat. It’s not as time consuming as you might think, I promise!

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Julie Blanner
This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is the epitome of summertime sunshine for dinner! Use this recipe for lemon pepper shrimp on pasta, alongside a fresh green salad, or with a side of roasted veggies. It’s a fresh, healthy take on a classic favorite that works on the grill or stovetop!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 153 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Fresh shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning store bought or make your own
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh squeezed or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Make sure shrimp are completely thawed and deveined.
  • Season shrimp with lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When oil moves around the pan easily, add shrimp. (They will sizzle when they hit the pan.)
  • Add shrimp and sauté for about one minute. Add lemon juice to pan. Sauté an additional one minute, then flip, cooking for an additional two minutes. Cook until pink and completely opaque – this is how you’ll know when they are done.
  • Serve: plate your shrimp. Optional: Garnish with another squeeze of fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley for a pretty shot of color.

Notes

Variations

  • Add minced garlic for another layer of irresistible flavor. 
  • Spice it up even more! Add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to your seasoning blend.
  • For an added dose of flavor, baste with a little melted butter as the shrimp are cooking.

In the Oven

  1. Prep and Season – Set your oven to broil. Prep and season your shrimp as listed in steps above.
  2. Line Sheet Pan with Shrimp – Arrange your shrimp on a baking sheet in an even layer – I like to use aluminum foil for easy clean up. A quick spray of olive oil on the foil will help eliminate sticking, too!
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. You’re looking for that perfect pink color discussed in the other cooking methods above – it’s so easy!

On the Grill

  1. Dry shrimp and put on skewers (metal or bamboo soaked 15+ minutes in water).
  2. Preheat grill to medium high. Brush grill grate with olive oil.
  3. Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes until the shrimp turn pink.
  4. Flip and grill 2-3 minutes on the other side until translucent and pink.

Nutrition

Calories:153kcalCarbohydrates:2gProtein:24gFat:5gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:286mgSodium:883mgPotassium:142mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:185IUVitamin C:9mgCalcium:180mgIron:3mg
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