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Garlic Butter Shrimp and Olives Recipe

“Garlic-Butter Shrimp and Olives” is a dish that will leave you smacking your lips and wanting more. This dish is a flavourful explosion of buttery garlic, juicy shrimps and briny olives. Trust me, it’s one recipe that’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen!

So, let’s get started! You’ll need: shrimp, garlic, butter, olives, white wine, lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes, and salt. Got everything? Great!

First things first, get your pan sizzling hot with a generous amount of butter. Once the butter’s melted, throw in a whole lotta garlic, and let it cook until fragrant. It’s gonna smell ah-mazing, I promise! Next, add in the shrimps and cook until they turn pink and start to curl up. Yum!

Now, it’s time to add some zing to this dish. Toss in the olives, a splash of white wine, and squeeze in some lemon juice. Let it cook for a minute or two, then sprinkle in a pinch of red pepper flakes and a dash of salt. And voila, you’ve got yourself a party in your mouth!

But wait, we’re not done yet. To bring it all together and add some extra freshness, add a handful of chopped parsley to the mix. This will give the dish a pop of green and a herby flavour that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy dance.

Serve this garlicky goodness with a side of crusty bread to mop up all that buttery sauce, and you’re good to go. This dish is perfect for a date night in, a fancy dinner party, or just a regular weeknight meal. It’s easy, quick, and packed with so much flavour, you’ll never want to go back to plain old shrimps again.

I use needle-deveined shrimp in this recipe because they don’t have to slice the backs open to devein them. I like the way it looks better since the backs don’t flare out when cooking 🙂 Use traditionally deveined shrimp if you can’t find needle-deveined.

Regarding shrimp tails: it’s a personal preference. Leave them on, if you like. Take them off, if you like. It’s really up to you. Tails do add a lil extra flavor oomph as they’re cooking, but if you don’t like them, take them off. Just make sure you save them to make homemade stock!!


  • 6 ounces Castelvetrano olives, torn in half

  • 4–5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • Crushed red pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup dry white wine or use shrimp or chicken stock

  • 1 pound needle-deveined shrimp, tails on or off depending on preference

  • â…“ cup loosely packed parsley, minced

  • Salt and pepper


Prepare the olives:

  1. Combine olives, minced garlic, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Sauté olives and garlic:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.

  2. Once the butter begins to bubble, add the olive mixture. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Reduce the wine:

  1. Pour in the white wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a rapid-simmer for 5 minutes. Continue cooking until reduced by half.

  2. Sauté the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry and season all over with salt. Add them to the skillet and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until just opaque. Stir in the parsley and immediately remove the shrimp from the heat (the residual heat will continue to cook the shrimp).

To serve:

  1. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with crusty bread or pasta. Enjoy!

In conclusion, “Garlic-Butter Shrimp and Olives” is a dish that’ll leave you saying “yes, please” for seconds. So, don’t be shy, give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?