Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp

May 4, 2015
There's nothing better than a fabulous food and wine pairing!  And these Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp pair beautifully with bright-and-bubbly Prosecco ~ a perfect spring-and-summer party pair.  Thank you to Tiziano Wine for inspiring this pairing and sponsoring this post.

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My friends, I am a huge fan of wine.  For those who know me "outside the blog," this statement absolutely comes as no surprise.  Yes, when it comes to enjoying a cocktail, a great glass of wine is always my first choice.

So when Tiziano Wine challenged me to share a wine and food pairing perfect for a party, I was thrilled to join in on the fun.  Oh, but which of their wonderful wines to choose to work with? Crisp Pinot Grigio?  Sparkling Prosecco? Or one of Tiziano's bold, full-bodied Chiantis?

While I love them all, actually the choice for me was quite easy. You see, because I am a total  lover of all things bubbles, -- sparkling wine bubbles, that is!

And so, Tiziano Prosecco was the easy choice.

Tiziano Prosecco

I went to work coming up with a party-perfect Prosecco pairing. Which, to be honest, truly wasn't hard at all.

With it's light fruity flavor (and fun-and-lively bubbles!), Tiziano Prosecco is very versatile, pairing wonderfully with lots of light spring and summer dishes, mild Asian flavors, and shellfish like oysters, scallops, shrimp, and lobster.

My perfect party pair?  Shrimp!  Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp, to be exact.

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Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp Ingredients:

This recipe came to our family by way of the Mom of one of my brother's high school friends.  And for years, Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp have been one of our favorite party bites.  The garlic, fresh dill, butter, olive oil, and fresh lemon go together wonderfully, creating a nice light-bodied marinade -- and providing great fresh flavor with the shrimp.

To make a bowlful, you'll need:

  • Peeled & deveined cooked large shrimp
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh garlic
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Shallots
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh dill weed
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

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How to Make Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp:
Preparing the marinade is a two-step process. -- But don't worry, it's a simple two steps.

The first step is to cook the garlic. -- Cooking it mellows out the flavor. Without this step, the garlic would be too strong, overpowering, and even a bit unpleasant to eat with the shrimp. To cook it, melt some butter in a small saucepan. Add the minced garlic and saute it for about 2 minutes until it's softened, but not browned.

The second step is to combine the cooked garlic/butter mixture with the remaining marinade ingredients. Place the garlic/butter in a mixing bowl and add some extra-virgin olive oil, minced shallots, fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, and a small dash of cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

Add peeled and deveined cooked shrimp and toss to coat. Then refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld. 

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When it's time to enjoy, serve cocktail sauce alongside for dipping, if you'd like ... though I prefer my Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp without it! The fabulous flavor of the marinade as-is suits me just fine.

So while I won't take a bottle of cocktail sauce with my Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp, I most certainly will take a bubbling glass of Prosecco -- for me, they're the perfect pair.

Check out these other super tasty seafood appetizers:
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Yield: 2 pounds of shrimp
Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp

Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp

Garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of lemon combine beautifully to create a tasty light-bodied marinade for shrimp. They're the perfect little party bite.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 5 MinInactive time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 25 M


  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. minced shallots
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 T. chopped fresh dill weed
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 lbs. peeled & deveined cooked large shrimp


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and saute until softened (but not browned), about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer butter and garlic to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add olive oil, shallots, lemon juice, dill, cayenne, salt, and pepper to butter/garlic mixture. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Add cooked shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving to allow flavors to meld. 
  4. Serve as-is or with cocktail sauce for dipping.
  1. Purchase pre-cooked large shrimp, or cook your own. 
  2. To cook your own shrimp, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add peeled & deveined raw shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
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Garlic & Dill Marinated Shrimp ~ Garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of lemon combine beautifully to create a tasty light-bodied marinade for shrimp. They're the perfect little party bite!

This post is linked with Weekend Potluck.


  1. I love a bubbly wine!! And shrimp... and garlic... we should hang out :) Pinning this recipe, I can't wait to try it!

    1. It's a fabulous combination, isn't it? Thank you so much for stopping by, and for Pinning. Enjoy!

  2. I think great minds think alike with the wine posts today! I think maybe it's a sign LOL I love this recipe and stumbled and pinned! The wine sounds delish.

  3. This shrimp looks mouthwatering, and so easy! I'll be trying it at some point this summer when my shrimp craving almost overwhelms me.

  4. This looks like the perfect dish to serve at a summer party! Definitely giving it a try.

  5. I love the dill in this recipe, it looks delicious! Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

  6. I'm loving this! I'm always so impressed by your masterpieces. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Mother's Day! Lou Lou Girls

  7. This looks so good!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  8. What a great party appetizer!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome's What's for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!

  9. Looked so yummy, I tried it right away. When I pulled out of the fridge….everything had congealed…Did I miss something???

    1. When the olive oil and butter are chilled, they do congeal. Just let the shrimp stand at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes once taken out of the refrigerator, and the marinade will "smooth" back out. Enjoy!


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