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Korean bbq shrimp in a cast iron pan from above.
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korean bbq shrimp

Korean BBQ shrimp are buttery, spicy and absolutely decadent. Serve with lots of crusty bread to sop up the sauce.
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: bbq shrimp, korean bbq shrimp, korean shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 235kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 12 shrimp 16-20 per pound
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp gochugaru - korean chili flakes (not powder)
  • 1/4 lemon juiced
  • cilantro to garnish


  • Melt the butter over medium low heat in a skillet large enough to hold the shrimp in a single layer. If you aren't doubling the recipe you don't need a very large pan.
  • Add the garlic and gochugaru. Cook gently for about 2 minutes. You don't want the garlic to take on any colour here. Think garlic butter.
  • Add the fish sauce and lemon juice. Keep cooking over low heat for 2-3 minutes. You want a gentle simmer.
  • Add the shrimp and continue cooking over low to medium low heat. GIve them 3 minutes. Again, gentle simmer. Little bubbles.
  • Flip the shrimp. If they are uniformly pink you are good. If you still see a bit of grey turn the heat up a smidge.
  • Cook the shrimp for another 3 minutes. If they were still a little grey when you turned them flip them and cook a minute more. You want just pink. Don't overcook your shrimp. Please don't overcook your shrimp.
  • Garnish with a little cilantro and serve with crusty bread to sop up the spicy garlic butter.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1600IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg