How to Butter Poach Shrimp? Slow Cook Your Shrimp in Butter. Enough Said!

How to Butter Poach Shrimp

Yields 4 servings

Butter poaching is a fairly classic technique involving slowly cooking food, usually shrimp or lobster, in a rich bath of butter. The end result, if done properly, is a succulent dish, slightly salty and buttery from the cooking liquid in which it swam. It is a sublime way to cook that is used in many high-end restaurants to produce memorable dishes.

Still, butter poaching doesn’t have to stay in the restaurant. You can do it at home, too. Sure, you’re going to need a lot of butter, but it will be so worth it.


  • 8 sticks butter, sliced into tablespoons-sized chunks.
  • 4 cloves garlic, mixed.
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper.
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced.
  • 2 pounds 18-20 count shrimp, peeled, deveined, uncooked.


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter, garlic and black pepper.
  2. Melt the chunks of butter until you have a skillet full of melted butter.
  3. Try to keep the temperature low to avoid separating the butter.
  4. Immediately after the butter has melted, add the onion and shrimp.
  5. Cook them for 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp has cooked through.
  6. Serve immediately.

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