Garlic Shrimp With Asparagus and Lemon

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This easy saute uses one pan and is ready in under 30 minutes but the result is wonderful. A real taste of spring with the asparagus and lemon. Adapted from Fine Cooking magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place shrimp on paper towels and dry very well.
  2. Sprinkle shrimp with a bit of the pepper.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off strips of the lemon peel and then cut the strips into very thin long pieces; be sure to peel only the yellow part of the peel, not the bitter white part.
  4. Cut lemon in half and juice it into a small dish, removing seeds.
  5. Heat a deep 12 inch skillet (preferably NOT non-stick) over medium high heat for 1 minute.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp of the oil and heat until it's shimmering hot -- just a few seconds.
  7. Add the shrimp in a single layer and do not disturb it; let cook for about 2 minutes until browned.
  8. Turn shrimp over and brown the other side, about 1 1/2 minutes, then transfer to a plate. Shrimp should not be cooked through.
  9. Reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic, stirring for 30 seconds.
  10. Add asparagus, lemon zest strips, red pepper flakes and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add chicken broth and cover, simmering for 1-2 minutes until asparagus is almost done.
  12. Stir cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water and stir into the pan.
  13. Add shrimp back to the pan and cook another 1-2 minutes until done.
  14. Stir in 1 Tbsp lemon juice, then taste and add more juice and pepper if needed.


Most Helpful

This was very tasty and quite beautiful to look at which is always a plus! I served it with Jasmine rice, which was a mistake the delicious light sauce was overshadowed by the flavor of the rice. It would have went with pasta a LOT better I will do pasta next time. The sauce was splendid I only added the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and it was perfect. The flavor kind of reminded me of Avgolemono soup which I love. I was a little confused by the "4 tablespoons of olive oil" I couldn't find where to use the other 2 tbsp in the recipe. So I only ended up using 2 tbsp.

Teddy's Mommy October 12, 2007

Seriously delicious! Used 3 big zester strips of lemon rind (no white pith) which I then skinnied into 4 strips apiece. Used rather more broth (closer to a cup & a half so had to increase cornstarch to 1 1/2 t. Came together fast after prepping shrimp (shells in leftover chicken broth, olive oil & butter on the back burner now for stock). Added 2 T lemon juice at the end. Served with steamed brown rice - yum. Wonderful recipe! This is a keeper in our house! Thank you so much for posting Cookin-jo!

Buster's friend January 31, 2009

Mm, delicious! Well okay, so I was QUITE generous with the red pepper flakes, added a bit of light butter to the oil before I sauteed the shrimp, and I did skip the lemon zest, but it was all really delicious in the end. I also added red bell peppers when I started cooking the asparagus as well and it made for an even prettier plate. Thanks!

yamakarasu June 07, 2010

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