Butter Garlic Shrimp

It was a seafood fest in our household this weekend!  Today, I cooked Panlasang Pinoy’s Butter Garlic Shrimp.  Although not a Filipino classic dish, the variation of this dish is definitely made to suit the Filipino taste.  The use of 7up to marinate the shrimp makes this dish distinctly Filipino. The combination of butter, garlic and 7up makes this dish a sure hit.

(We apologize for not having the picture of our dish since we completely got carried away and forgot that we are reviewing the dish .  Thanks to Panlasang Pinoy for the recipe and the picture.)

Recipe Review Site:  Panlasang Pinoy
Cook Date:  Sept 11, 2011
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes
Total Cooking time:  25 minutes

2 lbs shrimp
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
½ cup butter
4 tbsp garlic, minced
2 cups lemon soda

the shrimp was soft, tender and flavorful

Cooking procedure:
1. Marinade the shrimp in lemon soda for about 10 minutes
2. Melt the butter in a pan and heat it up until hot enough to cook the garlic
3. Add the garlic and cook until the color turns golden brown
4. Put-in the shrimp (including the liquid marinade) and let cook until the liquid completely evaporates
5. Sprinkle the parsley, ground black pepper, and salt


I have to say that I reeeaaallly liked this dish! There are a few reasons…first, to put it simply, I love shrimp!!! I remember when I was young and had allergies to shrimp and still ate it anyway.   Thank God, I got over my allergies and I can enjoy shrimp again.  Second, the use of lemon lime soda (7up or Sprite) brings out the natural sweetness of the shrimp.  The first bite into the shrimp was simply heaven for me….yum!!!! Third, what can beat the combo of butter and garlic??  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  The aroma of garlic cooking in butter just sealed this dish for me.

Though I liked this recipe, adding the 7up marinade  to cook the shrimp made it very watery.  The juice marinade from the shrimp was actually unnecessary since the shrimp already has its own liquid juices. Adding the marinade lengthens the cooking time to get the juice reduced down to achieve the consistency of the sauce you desire.

Leny says:

Overall, I would cook this recipe again and recommend it. One thing I would advise is not to include the 7up marinade. Cooking the shrimp only (without the liquid marinade) with butter and garlic will do the trick.  I also suggest that the shrimp be marinated for at least 30 minutes and not just the recommended time of 10 minutes. This will bring out the flavor of the shrimp. Make sure that you do not overcook the shrimp to get that tenderness and succulence.
I give this dish a 4.5 star for the unique flavor the marinade has brought into this dish.
Leny’s Rating:  Sarap Sarap!!! **** ½

Rolan says:

I think I ate about 10 shrimps! This recipe was good.  The shrimp was soft, tender and flavorful.  Very easy to prepare, this can be your go-to recipe if you want a quick shot of protein in the shortest time possible.  It’s perfect with rice, and a side of vinegar and fish sauce for dipping  just to add an extra flavor to the mix!
Rolan’s Rating: Super Sarap! *****

It is definitely worth giving this recipe a shot.  You can tweak it to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

(Uh-oh…I feel a heartburn coming….)



  1. Shai says

    Leny, i was just racking my brains on recipes i can try to feed the family, i love your ideas here! I shall try this one soon and your braised spareribs! They look so yummy! Keep em coming! Please add more chicken recipe ideas! Thanks! So excited!

  2. FRR says

    I have more recipes lined up Ate Shai. I will definitely post more chicken recipes. Thank you for your comment and support!

  3. leo kurysz says

    I agree with leny don’t use the soda to cook the shrimp. I thought they were to sweet. next time I will marinade the shrimp but not cook in the marinade

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