eye level view of shrimp spaghetti pasta on a white plate and white wine in background

Everyone knows during Valentine’s Day (and weekend) restaurants are packed.  This doesn’t mean you have to forego your plan for a candle light dinner or a delicious meal. Why not cook that unexpected sexy meal with a personalized menu. Your partner will surely be turned on and this will be could possibly be their most memorable Valentine’s Day yet! If you have kids this is still manageable, simply hurry the kids to bed early or have them stay at Grandma’s.

a steak with garlic butter sauce and fresh king prawns - surf n' turf, with fresh vegetables on a white plate
a steak with garlic butter sauce and fresh king prawns – surf n’ turf, with fresh vegetables on a white plate

If you don’t know what to make or you’re not such a great cook, don’t worry, this recipe is easy, sexy, and most importantly, delicious. This sizzling butter shrimp (prawn) will leave them asking for more and it can also be served with pasta or a nice juicy steak. The cherry on the top for the night will be a nice paired wine to set the mood. Note* The best white wine pairings for shrimp is Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Columbard, or Riesling. Served with the perfectly chilled glass of wine, the best thing about this recipe is that you can make it year ’round.


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or more, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until melted and smooth.Stir in shrimp and gently toss to combine.Serve immediately, garnished with parsley leaves, if desired.

Written by: Cynthia L., Modern Domestic Staff Writer



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