First Date Dinner at Home? Try Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus

A succulent plate of Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus, garnished with lemon slices and parsley, elegantly arranged on a rustic table setting with a glass of white wine

First Date Dinner at Home? Try Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus

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For a first date dinner at home, you'll want something that's delicious, not too heavy, and has a touch of elegance. How about a classic with a twist: Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus. This dish is simple to prepare, yet full of flavor. It pairs beautifully with a light white wine, adding an extra layer of sophistication.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt butter and add garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken broth (or white wine), lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add asparagus to the pan and cook until just tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir to combine. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices. Serve immediately.

This dish is light yet flavorful, perfect for a romantic evening. You can serve it with a side of quinoa or a light pasta, like angel hair, to complete the meal. Enjoy your dinner and the lovely evening ahead!

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