10 Minute Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Recipe By Tessa Arias
January 6th, 2014
4.5 from 2 votes
4.5 from 2 votes

10 Minute Lemon Pepper Shrimp is super easy and fresh and goes well with so many things. It’s a staple recipe in our house!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Super fresh with a peppery bite.
Texture: I love the firm yet soft and tender bite of perfectly cooked shrimp, but there’s nothing worse than rubbery overcooked shrimp so cook them carefully!!
Ease: Ridiculously quick and easy.
Appearance: There’s nothing too special about the appearance of this shrimp but they are mighty tasty.
Pros: Fresh, quick, easy, goes well with many things.
Cons: Absolutely none.

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On the opposite side of things, this 10 Minute Lemon Pepper Shrimp recipe is far from a guilty pleasure. It’s amazingly quick, simple, and healthy and can be served any which way your family prefers or your pantry allows. This shrimp is wonderful served over pasta, grains, with steamed vegetables, in a salad, or in a sandwich wrap. I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer and I almost always have lemons on hand so this is a perfect solution to the age old question, “What’s for dinner?”

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4.5 from 2 votes

How to make
10 Minute Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
10 Minute Lemon Pepper Shrimp is super easy and fresh and goes well with so many things. It’s a staple recipe in our house!


  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until the shrimp turn pink. Add the parsley. Be careful not to overcook. Remove the shrimp from the heat, adjust seasonings as necessary and serve.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 6, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I love everything about the title of this : 10 minutes and lemon pepper with shrimp! Plus, I love recipes that I don’t need to use my toes to count the number of ingredients with! This looks like a perfect, quick and healthy weeknight dinner. Yum!

  2. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 6, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Shrimp’s on sale this week at our grocery store and I think I know what I’ll make with it! This simple, healthy meal looks so good, Tessa! I love lemon-pepper anything.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — January 6, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Yay, I just bought a big bag of shrimp and now I know what I’m making out of it. This dish looks wonderful: so fresh and delicious! Lemon pepper anything is a winner ; ) I hope you had such a lovely weekend! xx

  4. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    This looks perfect for January, and only 10 mins 🙂

  5. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Lemon pepper shrimp is a favorite at our house! I love this variation!

  6. #
    Gaby — January 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Love how quick and easy this is! So delicious!

  7. #
    Nora — January 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I have been addicted to The Good Wife for a couple months too. My husband and I watched a bunch of episodes over our holiday break and are getting close to caught up. I’ll miss being able to watch a few at a time.

  8. #
    Tieghan — January 6, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Love how simple and easy this it!! Such a great meal!!

  9. #
    Jenny Flake — January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    What a beautiful recipe!! Love!!

  10. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Love a quick and healthy meal like this! Perfect for these post-holiday diets!

  11. #
    Deborah — January 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

    You can’t go wrong with a 10 minute dinner, especially when it looks that good!!

  12. #
    Kellicipes — August 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Looks delicious!!! Is that rice or pasta you serve it with?

    • #
      Tessa — August 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      It’s orzo! Technically pasta but looks and kind of feels like rice 🙂

  13. #
    Diana — August 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    This looks wonderful! Gonna try it tonite but I have a question…..do you thaw the shrimp before cooking?

    • #
      Tessa — August 10, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Yes, definitely.

  14. #
    Katie — January 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I tried the recipe tonight and I liked the shrimp part but the plain pasta with it wasn’t very tasteful. How could I recreate this recipe to enhance the flavor of the pasta?

  15. #
    Lori — March 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    This was amazing! I had a pound of shrimp I had picked up on sale at Publix, and wanted to do something different with it. I used a lemon from my tree and the pepper. I do not salt my food when I am cooking for myself. I did not have fresh parsley so I opted out. This is literally some of the best shrimp I have ever had! Thanks for the healthy version.

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