How to cook shrimp with Sprite: Filipino garlic buttered shrimp recipe

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 22, 2022

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The most common and delicious way to cook shrimp in the Philippines is by steaming it.

It’s simple, but Pinoys like it because the shrimp’s flavor is glorified and they can use vinegar as a dip.

However, there are times when everyone’s looking for something fancier and something apt for parties. This is when the garlic buttered shrimp recipe comes into the picture.

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It’s as simple as steamed shrimp, only it has butter to add richness. There are also cooks who put slices of garlic and chili pepper.

While steamed shrimp is also a party staple, this recipe is a leveled-up version.

Garlic Buttered Shrimp Recipe
Garlic Buttered Shrimp Recipe

Filipino garlic buttered shrimp recipe

Joost Nusselder
It’s easy to cook garlic buttered shrimp, even with the addition of other ingredients. Any home cook can do it because you just toss the butter and shrimp together in a pot or skillet.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 47 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kilo large shrimp cleaned and washed
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 8 oz Sprite
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Clean the shrimp before marinating it with Sprite in a pot.
  • In a separate pan, melt the butter and cook garlic until it turns light to golden brown.
  • Put in the shrimp with the lemon soda. The shrimp will turn orange and the liquid will evaporate.
  • Add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • You can also garnish it with fried garlic.
  • Serve while hot! Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal
Keyword Garlic, seafood, Shrimp
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Check out this video by YouTuber user Panlasang Pinoy to see him make Filipino garlic buttered shrimp:

Buttered shrimp recipe tips

It’s easy to cook garlic buttered shrimp, even with the addition of other ingredients. Any home cook can do it because you just toss the butter and shrimp together in a pot or skillet.

You can also brown the butter first before putting in the shrimp if you wish, but putting everything together at once is alright.

Tip: check out these garlic presses to keep your hands clean while cooking

This is a delicious dish that’ll have you coming back for more. You can eat this as is or use vinegar dip like how eating steamed shrimp is done.

The best part is eating the aligue which is the fatty liquid from the head of the shrimp. You get this when you don’t overcook the shrimp.

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Some people won’t dare to undercook the shrimp, but for braver souls, this is better because the aligue and the meat of the shrimp are more tender. You can still cook it longer if you choose.

How to serve and eat

It’s common to pair garlic buttered shrimp with rice, although for non-Pinoys, eating it with garlic bread or pasta might be better.

Make sure you prepare a lot of this dish, because eating a few pieces isn’t enough. Prepare more if you’re eating it with others.

Also, cook on the same day you bought the shrimp so it’s fresh. Don’t put it in the fridge because the quality of the shrimp will change.

Also read: want to try more seafood? Check out this adobong pusit recipe

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.