5-ingredient lemon garlic shrimp/prawn recipe

Juicy lemon garlic shrimps (prawns) with bell peppers that use just 5 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to cook. Serve these quick and easy lemon garlic shrimps as an appetizer, bruschetta topping or as a main dish with pasta and transform your dinner into a hearty meal tonight.

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Lemon garlic prawn recipe overview

Looking for an easy, healthy prawn recipe? These lemon garlic shrimps will be the answer. Garlic, lemon and shrimps simply make a great dish together. This easy shrimp appetizer is made more nutritious and crunchy with bell peppers and onions. It requires very few basic pantry ingredients and with a small trick you can make it a quick and easy prawn recipe for dinner.

Since shrimps are naturally bursting with flavor, you don’t need much seasoning. Less is more when it comes to cooking shrimps. And they cook very fast. Easy to cook and soooo delicious to eat. Have you ever felt that some of the easiest recipes are the best? I get it. Absolutely.

The 5 basic ingredients

Garlic, chili powder, lemon juice, onions, and bell peppers. That’s it, guys. (For those of you peeking at the pictures, oil and salt don’t count!) Judge for yourselves when you read the recipe card below. And let your dream come true when you cook and eat those delicious spicy, zesty, juicy shrimps.

Step by step instructions

Toss together the shrimps, diced bell peppers and onions with chopped garlic, chili powder, lemon juice and salt. Saute the seasoned prawns, bell peppers and onions in oil for about 6 minutes, ensuring that you flip the shrimps and cook them on both sides. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro. It can’t get EASIER than this. Can it?

The only catch in cooking prawns here is the peeling part if you buy fresh prawns. (The tails can be removed if you prefer the shrimps that way.) If you can get hold of frozen or fresh peeled shrimps, you are a winner!

What do you eat garlic shrimps with?

How to serve lemon garlic prawns with pasta or rice

You can make a quick dinner out of these lemon garlic shrimps:

  1. Cook 1 cup of rice/ pasta (for 3 servings).
  2. Remove the cooked garlic prawns. In the same pan, boil 2 teaspoons butter or oil with 1/4 cup of vegetable or chicken stock.
  3. Add cooked rice/ pasta and garlic shrimps. Mix well.
  4. Add a handful of any herb or a combination of herbs: cilantro, thyme, oregano or parsley.
  5. Turn off the flame. Enjoy!
garlic shrimps\prawns in a stainless steel pan and served on a plate and on toothpicks

Tip to make awesome garlic shrimps

  • This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Easy peasy, but you also have to take care not to overcook the shrimps. Nobody likes overcooked rubbery shrimps. Also, the bell peppers and onions should turn out crunchy.
  • The key is to use a wide pan, stir on medium-high heat and cook for no more than 6 to 7 minutes.

Common questions about garlic prawns

Are prawns/ shrimps healthy?

Prawns/shrimps are a great source of protein, low in calories and saturated fat, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamin B12, calcium and vitamin E. Hence, they promote heart health, brain function, growth and development and reduce inflammation, risk of illnesses like cancer, arthritis and dementia.
Though shrimps are high in cholesterol, it doesn’t have a negative impact on heart health since they are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. (source)

Can I use frozen shrimps for this recipe?

Of course. Thaw frozen shrimps by quickly washing a few times with tap water or soaking in tap water for about 15 to 20 minutes, until they reach room temperature.
Using hot water to thaw will cook the shrimps on the outside, so when you cook them for the recipe, they get overcooked and turn rubbery, while the insides will still be undercooked.
Leaving frozen shrimps to thaw naturally (on the kitchen counter) will make the shrimps go limp and mushy.

What is the healthiest way to eat shrimps?

Using olive oil makes this one of the low calorie shrimp recipes with less than 150 calories per serving. Since shrimps have a high cholesterol content, the nutrition levels can be balanced by avoiding saturated fats like butter.

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5 Ingredient lemon garlic shrimps/ prawns

Juicy healthy garlic prawns with peppers that use just 5 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to cook.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Servings 3
Calories 146 kcal


  • 300 grams shrimps peeled and deveined (note 1)
  • bell peppers 1/2 cup each of green and red, diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cilantro a handful, finely chopped for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Clean and devein the shrimps, leaving the tail intact. (If using frozen ones thaw them according to note1). Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Toss the shrimps, diced onions and bell peppers with chopped garlic, chili powder and salt. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan and add the seasoned prawns, onions and bell peppers. Saute on medium -high heat for 6 to 7 minutes, flipping and turning in between. Ensure that you flip all the prawns so they cook on both sides.
    Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.



  • Using frozen shrimps: Thaw them by washing the shrimps a few times with tap water until they reach room temperature, or soaking in tap water (room temperature) for 20 minutes.
  • How to cook the shrimps: Use a large pan to avoid overcrowding. Make sure you quickly flip all the shrimps to sear them on both sides.
  • How long to cook the shrimps: Stick to the timings specified in the recipe. The shrimps should not be overcooked. Transfer to a serving plate as soon as you turn off the flame, to ensure that the prawns don’t get cooked in the residual heat. 
  • Serving suggestions: Serve these garlic shrimps as bite-sized appetizers or as topping on bruschetta or as a main dish with pasta/rice.
Make a quick dinner out of these garlic prawns:
  • Cook 1 cup of rice/ pasta (for 3 servings).
  • Transfer the cooked garlic prawns to a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of butter or oil and 1/4 cup of vegetable or chicken stock to the saute pan. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add cooked rice/ pasta and garlic shrimps. Mix well.
  • Add a handful of any herb or a combination of herbs: cilantro, thyme, oregano or parsley.
  • Turn off the flame and serve. 
The nutrition facts are for the garlic prawns only.
5-ingredient lemon garlic shrimp/prawn recipe
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This post was originally published in 2017. It has been updated with new photos and tips to give you a great experience.

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6 thoughts on “5-ingredient lemon garlic shrimp/prawn recipe”

  1. 3 stars
    Nice recipe. Never tried prawns with garlic as the center piece ingredient. Will give it a bold try soon. Haha. Thank you for bringing interesting variations.

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