Bright and slightly spicy, this Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice is a healthy recipe that comes together in nearly no time. Crafted with simple ingredients, this zesty dish is beyond easy but also absolutely crave-worthy. Serve it alongside your favorite veggies for a complete meal that’s perfect for every occasion! 

Why You’ll Love This Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Is there anything more classic than a meal with protein and rice? It’s like the OG power couple of the culinary world. Whether it’s chicken and broccoli ricewok fried rice, or stuffed pepper rice bake, the combination always makes for a recipe everyone will enjoy. 

So, we thought it was time to add lemon garlic shrimp to the mix with this baked shrimp and rice recipe! Honestly, there are so many reasons to love this dish, we lost count! For starters, it’s: 

  • Made with simple ingredients.
  • Quick and easy and ready in 20 minutes.
  • Super versatile and easy to make ahead of time. 

If all that sounds good to you, keep reading to learn what you’ll need, how to make it, and more! 

cooked lemon garlic shrimp in a white baking dish.

Ingredients You’ll Need

We did our best to keep this shrimp and rice dish as simple as possible while also dialing up the flavor. Just a handful of basic ingredients, a dash of herbs and spices, and a touch of oil – and you’re good to go! 

  • Shrimp – Look for large shrimp, and peel and devein them before you begin. Frozen shrimp work well, too. Just make sure to thaw them first!
  • Aromatics – Shallot and garlic add lots of depth and a savory, slightly sweet taste.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This helps the seasonings cling to the shrimp and enhances their flavor.
  • Lemon – You’ll need both lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Spices – Kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes enhance the rest of the ingredients and add the perfect touch of heat.
  • White Rice – We recommend using cooked long-grain rice or Jasmine rice. However, brown rice will also work. Cook your rice in vegetable or chicken broth to add even more flavor!
  • Fresh Parsley – This adds a bright, slightly peppery taste.
lemon garlic shrimp and rice.

How to Make this Shrimp and Rice Recipe

This lemon garlic shrimp and rice is super easy to make. We’ll spill the beans below on how to whip it up quickly, but be sure to read the full instructions on the recipe card! 

  1. Prepare the rice. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  2. Season the shrimp. Combine the shrimp, shallot, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Arrange the mixture in a single layer on a baking dish.
  3. Cook the shrimp. Transfer the dish to a preheated oven, and cook until fragrant. The shrimp will be opaque when done.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the cooked rice and parsley to the baking dish, and stir to combine. Garnish your lemon garlic butter shrimp with more chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice, and enjoy!

Storage Suggestions

If your family doesn’t gobble up this delicious dish immediately like ours do, leftovers store well for later! Just place them in an airtight container, and keep them in the fridge for up to two days

Or, store them in the freezer for up to two months

close up image of a spoon scooping a bite of white rice and lemon garlic shrimp with fresh herbs.

How to Reheat

For the best results, we recommend reheating your shrimp and rice in the oven. This prevents the shrimp from becoming rubbery! To do so, let frozen leftovers thaw in the fridge overnight. 

Then, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm your shrimp and rice for about 15 minutes or until heated through. Add a it of oil or butter to the pan before placing it in the oven to prevent the shrimp and rice from drying out!

Can I Use a Different Protein Source? 

Yes! If you’d like to substitute the shrimp, we recommend using chicken instead. However, other fish like salmon or tilapia would work as well. 

a serving of lemon garlic shrimp and rice on a white plate.

Serving Suggestions

Sure, this shrimp and rice dish is a star on its own, but we also like to jazz it up by pairing it with some fabulous sidekicks. Check out our favorites below 

a white baking dish with lemon garlic shrimp and rice topped with fresh parsley.

More Shrimp Recipes

If you’re part of the “never enough shrimp” squad like us, why stop at just one tasty recipe? Amp up your weekly meal plan game by tossing in a few more of our absolute favorites! 

close up image of lemon garlic shrimp and rice on a white plate topped with fresh herbs with two shrimp and a lemon wedge in the background

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice

4.80 from 5 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 14 minutes
This Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice is ready in less than 20 minutes for an easy meal that’s family-friendly, full of flavor, and perfect for every occasion!


  • 2 cups long grain or jasmine rice cooked
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 small shallot chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley plus more for garnish


  • Cook the rice according to package instructions.
    2 cups long grain or jasmine rice
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium-sized baking dish combine the shrimp, shallot, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
    1 pound large shrimp, 1 small shallot, 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 4 cloves garlic, 1/2 lemon, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt, Ground black pepper to taste, Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked and opaque.
  • Add the cooked rice, and parsley to the baking dish with the shrimp. Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with more parsley, a squeeze of lemon juice and serve!
    1/4 cup fresh parsley




Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 524IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    What an amazing recipe! So easy and packed with flavor, my family loved it. It’s definitely a make again kind of meal. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a good new way to make shrimp! It was different, delicious, easy and simple. Cleaning was even easier

  3. 4 stars
    Made this last night. I didn’t have fresh garlic. Was still very good. Thank you for this recipe.