Shrimp brined then tossed with cayenne pepper and a buttery lemon sauce; quickly sautéed for the most amazing lemon butter shrimp you will ever try!
Lemon Butter Shrimp
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Butter! Butter! Butter!
I have this philosophy that God specifically made butter for either myself or for Paula Dean. It’s a toss-up as to which of us he was specifically thinking of in that genius moment. However I do think it’s obvious we are his favorite children ever: because he made something so great for us!
Here is an amazing recipe for Lemon Butter Shrimp: shrimp that is literally bursting with flavor and resting in a buttery-lemon-butter sauce! Have I said “Butter” enough times? You will probably want, if not need, homemade french bread and parmesan asparagus to go with this incredible lemon butter shrimp to mop up all that saucy goodness!
If you’ve never met me in person then there is a good chance you don’t know that I am short. Like really short. Well, just average short really. I’m 5’2″.
Whenever I hear the word “Shrimp” I think of “Shrimpy”. Therefore, today in this Lemon Butter Shrimp post I am going to tell you a short story…
Wuh Wuh! Pun intended!
C’mon, you know that was funny. And if you don’t get that, then reread this whole “I’m Short” section out loud…
Okay, now continue reading so you can get on to the Lemon Butter Shrimp recipe.
Short Stack Stuck
(Say that ten times fast!)
A couple years back (Well, about 6 years back) I had a stacked washer and dryer that sat in a perfectly fitted alcove in the corner of my kitchen.
One day the washer came unplugged.
I have weak arms. Not even kidding y’all: I have WEAK arms! You would think with all my rock climbing (see my Herbs and Fruit Ice post for more on that!) I would have these amazing guns.
All the muscle is in my legs; my arms can barely lift 30 pounds.
So the washer came unplugged and my arms were to weak to try and pull it out from the alcove to plug it back in. One of my worst virtues is patience, so waiting for my husband to get done with school for the day, or calling somebody else stronger than myself to come help was obviously NOT an option.
That’s when I had the genius idea to climb on top of the stacked washer and dryer and reach down the back to replug it in.
Well it turns out that is a much better idea inside my head than it was in real life.
You see I got up there no problem (rock climber: A washer and dryer ain’t got nothing on me!). However, when I reached down the back to replug the cord in, I wasn’t quite tall enough. So then I had the genius idea to hook my feet on either side of the alcove wall ends, and hang down even further into the slot behind the washer and dryer.
Again: Some ideas are so much better inside my head than in real life.
Short Stuck Stack
My feet slipped! I probably shoul’ve been barefoot or in shoes. Socks were a BAD idea! I don’t think I’ve worn them since this experience because it traumatized me so bad. Hahaha!
So I slipped and slid down behind the washer dryer stack where I got stuck upside down.
Dear Reader- that was awful. However, looking back on it now though, it is awfully funny.
I tried to shimmy my way back up the wall upside down, but that wasn’t happening. Then I thought of just staying that way until someone found me, but was afraid I might pass out or something and didn’t even know if my husband would be coming home that night as sometimes he got carried away studying and wouldn’t come home until long past bedtime.
Finally, I had to yell for my 3 year old little boy to get Mommy’s phone and throw it to her. When he failed to throw it high enough to do anything but break, I told him to go knock on the neighbor’s door and tell them “Mommy needs help”.
My neighbor came running: he moved the washer and dryer stack out to help release me from my topsy turvy trap. Then spent a good twenty minutes making fun of me for attempting those acrobatics in the first place!
I vowed then and there to either get better at acrobatics or learn to be more patient: I have failed that vow on both accounts.
I may not belong in circ du soliel, and you’ll never catch me waiting around for someone to fix something for me that I can fix myself. However I did learn three important lessons that day:
- Never get a stacked washer and dryer!
- Always put a throw proof case on your phone!
- If you can grow taller then you totally should so you never become a stuck short stack.
Enough talk, Let’s eat lemon butter shrimp!!!
- 1 12 to 16 ounce bag of large shrimp, uncooked and deveined and peeled
- 6 cups of water
- Half a cup of salt
- 1 SCANT Tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Large Lemon, washed and sliced
- Fill a bowl with the cold water and the salt. Add your peeled shrimp and let it sit for 8-10 minutes (no longer).
- Drain and rinse well.
- Pour sugar, Cayenne and Cream over shrimp and let it marinade together while you melt butter.
- In a large frying pan put your butter and lemon slices,
- and turn the heat to medium medium high.
- When the butter is just starting to bubble/ foam, add your marinated shrimp.
- Let your shrimp cook for three minutes, flipping it halfway through, until the shrimp has all barely turned pink.
- Remove from heat and let shrimp sit in sauce for approximately 3 minutes as it thickens.
- Transfer the shrimp to a platter and drizzle with lemon butter sauce.