Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp


Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp

Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp is a delicious and easy to prepare dish.  Remember to Share with others that might enjoy this recipe.

Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp

Who knew that Grapefruit could sneak up on you from multiple points of inspiration? The story goes like this. While staying with our dear friends Donna and Bill in St. Louis, I was served that staple of a breakfast fruit – a beautiful halved red grapefruit. I couldn’t remember when I last had a grapefruit and was pleased to rediscover they were quite good! But as a citrus lover, I guess that shouldn’t really be a surprise. As Donna and I discussed the finer points of grapefruit, she recommended selecting red grapefruit with a tinge of pink to the skin. She said these were sweetess.

Two days later I found myself in the citrus capital of Florida, contemplating a few easy meals for the week. As I was sorting through the recipes I had on hand, I stumbled across this shrimp with a grapefruit butter sauce. Clearly I was destined to make this recipe.  I just learned how to select a great grapefruit. In addition to that, I am practically standing in a grapefruit grove. OK, it was actually a nice supermarket aisle, but you get the picture. As fortune would have it, shrimp are plentiful in Florida, and they were on sale. Bonus!

This recipe also struck just the right balance of being easy to prepare, yet still felt like a special meal. A perfect choice for the Valentine’s dinner I prepared for my sweetie. Just add bubbly and enjoy!

Easy Side Dishes

I decided to go with a nice creamy mashed potato to balance out the citrus butter sauce. There are a number of prepared mashed potatoes options available, but I would recommend Resers Main Street Bistro Steak House Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes if you can find them. To round out the meal, I seasoned frozen peas with butter, salt & pepper and fresh dill. Dill and peas are a classic combo and it’s an herb that ties in nicely with shrimp as well.

Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp

Serving Size: Serves 2


    Grapefruit-Butter Sauced Shrimp
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1/2 lb large cleaned, raw shrimp
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp minced shallot (rinse in fine mesh strainer with hot water if strong smelling)
  • 3/4 c. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (I used red grapefruit)
  • 2 servings prepared mashed potatoes (I used Resers Main Street Bistro - Steakhouse Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes)
  • 1 1/4 c. frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp. snipped fresh dill
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Melt 1 tbsp butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and season to taste with salt. Cook until opaque, turning once, about 2-3 minutes (you will be heating the shrimp in the sauce which will finish cooking them.) Remove shrimp and keep warm (I put them in a bowl and cover with a plate.)
  • Saute shallots in the same pan, stirring for about 2-3 minutes. Add grapefruit juice and simmer until reduced to 1/3 - 1/2 cup, about 3-5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook covered for about 1-2 minutes, or until shallots are tender and shrimp is warm.
  • Take pan off heat and stir in remaining 1 tbsp. butter. Note - Do not add butter while still simmering or else the butter with separate. If desired, season sauce and shrimp with additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve over mashed potatoes.
  • Heat prepared mashed potatoes according to package directions. It works best to heat the potatoes first because they will retain their heat when covered with foil.
  • Microwave peas according to package directions. Season with butter, dill and salt & pepper, stirring to combine.


Adapted from Parade magazine Shrimp in Grapefruit Butter Sauce

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