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Plate of seared shrimp topped with fresh basil and lemon wedges on a light background next to loose basil leaves, a fork, and a striped dish towel

Easy Garlic Basil Sautéed Shrimp

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  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This recipe for easy garlic basil sautéed shrimp is a paleo and gluten free friendly protein dish that is incredibly versatile and incredibly delicious. Healthy, ready in less than 20 minutes, and full of flavor!


  • 1 pound of tail on shrimp, cleaned and de-veined 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil + 3 tablespoons avocado oil, ghee, or coconut oil for frying
  • fresh lemon wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (can substitute with 1 teaspoon dried basil in the spice mix)


  1. Clean, rinse, and pat shrimp dry very thoroughly with paper towels. 
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon avocado oil, salt, and pepper until thoroughly coated with spice mixture. 
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until oil is hot and shimmering. 
  4. Add shrimp in batches and cook in a single layer for about 1 minute, until the edges have started to turn pink. Flip and cook on the second side for another minute or so. As soon as the shrimp are done remove to a plate so that they don’t over cook. They will continue cooking a little bit after they are removed from the heat. If you’re shrimp are on the smaller side, you’ll probably want to shorten the cooking time to about 30-45 seconds for each side. They cook much faster than you think, and you want to cook them only until they’re just barely done. 
  5. Continue cooking shrimp in batches until all of the shrimp are done. Top with a quick squeeze of lemon and all the fresh basil. Serve immediately over rice, salad, pasta, or another favorite dish and ENJOY! 


  • Fresh basil is the perfect summer touch to this sautéed shrimp recipe, but if you don’t have any substitute with 1 teaspoon of dried basil to your spice mix before cooking.
  • This garlic basil shrimp will last about 3 days in a covered container the refrigerator.
  • Once cooked, these shrimp can be re-heated. To re-heat: Cover with a paper towel in a microwave safe dish and microwave for about 30 seconds OR heat gently over low heat in a skillet for a few minutes – flip halfway through OR wrap in tinfoil and heat in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: saute
  • Cuisine: american