Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Broccoli

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This Lemon Pepper Shimp recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and couldn't be more delicious. Quick, healthy, and full of flavor!

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This lemon pepper shrimp and broccoli recipe is an easy and healthy one-pan meal idea that’s ready in just minutes and packed with flavor. When you need a quick and delicious weeknight meal idea, you’ll want to make this shrimp recipe for dinner!

When the weather warms up, I like to eat lighter meals but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. Heavy meals just don’t sit well with me when I’m hot! That’s why I enjoy meals like lemon and broccoli pasta with shrimp or today’s lemon pepper shrimp with broccoli.

Juicy, plump shrimp are a light and delicious protein that leaves you feeling very satisfied but never leaves you feeling weighed down. Plus, it’s a nice change-up from chicken and super fast to whip up.

Today's recipe for lemon pepper shrimp takes less than 15 minutes to make from start to finish and is surprisingly delicious for how simple it is. I used a light citrusy lemon pepper seasoning that pairs exceptionally well with both the shrimp and broccoli. Lemon juice, shrimp, parsley, and lemon pepper spice are sautéed quickly in a single pan and served for a delicious dinner.

When you want an easy, zesty shrimp recipe that checks all the boxes for a weeknight dinner that’s a breeze to make, this is the perfect recipe for you!

We also love this Lemon Pepper Tilapia and Lemon Pepper Salmon when we are craving light, refreshing flavors. 

Shrimp and broccoli tossed with lemon pepper seasoning cooked in a skillet with a napkin on the side.

Key Ingredients For Lemon Pepper Shrimp

This recipe uses just a handful of simple ingredients that come together to provide a big flavor. Here's the ingredients list:

  • Lemon Juice: I prefer to use the juice from a fresh lemon because I think it has a better flavor. But, if you don’t have a fresh lemon, jarred lemon juice will work.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil contains heart-healthy fats and antioxidant properties. Use the oil to sauté the shrimp and broccoli. You could also replace the oil with butter for a deliciously rich and indulgent touch to a healthy meal!
  • Shrimp: Shrimp is a low-calorie protein full of iron, zinc, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure to peel and devein it before adding it to the pan for this recipe.
  • Salt & Pepper: A little goes a long way! Season the shrimp to taste, but keep in mind that the lemon juice adds a lot of flavor, so you will likely need more pepper than salt.
  • Broccoli Florets: Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, including fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Fresh broccoli florets will have a firmer, crispier texture, but in a pinch, you can use frozen broccoli florets in this recipe!
  • Parsley: Using dried parsley for this recipe just won’t deliver the fresh, light texture that chopped up fresh leaves provides.

Note: For a complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this lemon pepper shrimp and broccoli, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

What To Serve With This Shrimp And Broccoli Recipe

This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is a terrific all-in-one meal idea! If you want to make this meal just a little more hearty, serve it over some:

This dish tastes just as incredible as heated-up leftovers, so add it to your meal prep plan to enjoy throughout the week.

Recipe Tips And Ideas

Follow these tips to make sure this shrimp and broccoli recipe turns out perfectly every single time!

  • Make sure to not overcook the shrimp. When you overcook shrimp, it develops a rubbery and tough texture. Shrimp cooks quickly (about 3-4 minutes on each side), and you can tell it’s done when it turns pink and starts to curl into a C. If it looks like a G, it's been cooked too much!
  • If you want to change things up from shrimp and broccoli, you can substitute chicken breasts in place of the shrimp.
  • Broccoli also cooks very quickly. Just cook it until it turns bright green (3-4 minutes). Overcooking it will result in mushy or burned broccoli.

Lemon pepper shrimp served with broccoli and garlic in a skillet with lemon slices and parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Here are some questions I often get asked about by some readers…

How long does this shrimp recipe last?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This dish will stay fresh for up to 5 days!

How can I make shrimp and broccoli spicy?

If you want to add a little kick to your meal, toss in a few red pepper flakes as you prepare it.

What vegetables can I use instead of broccoli?

If broccoli is not your thing (or you haven’t made it to the grocery store), feel free to swap it out for any of these other great-tasting veggies:

  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans

Shrimp cooked in a cast iron skillet with broccoli, lemon, and garlic with lemons and parsley on the side.

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The Recipe
Lemon pepper shrimp and broccoli in a cast iron skillet with garlic, shrimp, and brocoli florets.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Broccoli

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  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.33 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Zest and juice the lemon. You should have about ¼ cup lemon juice. Set aside. Heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.


Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute.


Add the lemon zest, juice, garlic, pepper and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes until shrimp are cooked through, stirring 1-2 times. Using a slotted spoon, remove shrimp and set aside. Keep the liquid in the pan.


Add the broccoli to the pan. If needed, add 2-3 tbsp. water. Cook for 3-4 minutes covered until cooked through.


Stir back in the shrimp to make sure they are warm. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Stir in parsley.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 251mg
Sodium 498mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Protein 32g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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