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7 Buttered Shrimp Twists for Mother's Day

7 Buttered Shrimp Twists for Mother's Day
Peel (and devein!) your shrimp already, so they’re easier to consume.

Your mom deserves the best! And this coming Mother’s Day, it’s your turn to show appreciation for all her hard work. The least you could do is let her sit back and relax for 24 hours. Start her day with breakfast in bed, stick thank-you notes around the house, and take responsibility for all chores. For lunch, skip dining out – restaurants are too crowded, so that might even stress her out. Instead, cook buttered shrimp and surprise her with fun takes on this beloved classic.

What does the “best” mean when preparing this recipe? First, you need to source top-quality buttered shrimp ingredients. Butter over margarine, please! For your protein, you can combine hipon and sugpo so the dish feels more special (mom gets most of the latter, of course). Clean, peel, and devein them ahead for easier consumption. Then, you need to cook them to perfection: still plump, delicately juicy, and seasoned to a tee.

Basic Garlic Buttered Shrimp Recipe

Master this basic shrimp recipe before introducing twists.

Feeling anxious about the task at hand? Don’t fret! Here’s a foolproof recipe you can rely on to breeze through this ulam’s prep. You can even halve the quantities and practice cooking the dish before D-Day. Shake off those nerves!


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 tbsp minced garlic
  • 500 g shrimp, cleaned
  • ½ cup lemon soda
  • 1 Knorr Shrimp Cube
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley


  1. Heat pan over medium flame. Melt butter but do not let it brown. 
  2. Add oil and sauté garlic until light brown.
  3. Add shrimp and toss until partially cooked.
  4. Add soda and stir in Knorr Shrimp Cube until dissolved. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and season with pepper.
  6. Transfer shrimp to a platter and top with chopped parsley. Serve hot.

How to Cook Buttered Shrimp With Unique Twists

Add mashed itlog na maalat to level up your ulam.

Now that you have the basics down pat, it’s time to get a little playful. Take your pick from the following TikTok-inspired twists and introduce something exciting to your buttery shrimp. You can even mix and match these ideas to come up with an entirely new dish for mom.

1. Level up with salted eggs.

“Napakatakaw nito sa kanin. Mapapa-extra rice ka talaga,” says @reynaldo.f.gamas about his buttery salted egg shrimp. To make it, peel shellfish and remove the heads. Season with patis and pepper, then dredge in cornstarch. Fry and set aside. Next, sauté garlic in butter, then add mashed salted eggs and chili flakes. Toss in fried shrimp and chopped parsley.

2. Make it creamy.

With over 12M views, the creamy buttered shrimp version of @hazelcheffyis a major hit! The dish, which she names “salvatore,” starts as usual but calls for chopped chilies, Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, and processed cheese. She simmers the sauce until thick, then coats the shellfish until they’re finger-lickin' good.

3. Coat and fry the seafood.

If your mom is a fan of crispy shrimp dishes like tempura and camaron rebosado, you must make @newt‘s version. He starts by browning chopped garlic in butter. A word of caution from the TikTok creator: “If it’s burnt, it’s going to be too bitter, and you can’t use it.”

He sets this butter mixture aside and proceeds to prep the seafood. After peeling and deveining, he coats each piece in paprika-seasoned flour. Next, he pan-fries the shrimp until golden, then tops them with the garlic sauce. Squeeze lemon on top, and you have a winner!

4. Sweeten with honey.

For the sweetest mom in the world, @daiseev‘s honey garlic shrimp is the way to go. She first marinates the shellfish in lemon soda just before they hit the pan. Then, to cut the umay factor of the buttery base, she adds honey, oyster sauce, and tomato ketchup. She finishes the dish with a cornstarch slurry to make the sauce thick and silky.

Make flavored butter and spread it on butterflied shrimp.

5. Spread the butter and grill the shrimp.

Consider @daenskitchen‘s butter BBQ shrimp (with over 5M views!) as a deconstructed version of the classic. It requires a few extra steps but still keeps the dish uncomplicated. Start by making garlic confit or roasting whole cloves until soft. Combine this with softened butter, chili flakes, anchovies, and salt in a food processor. Spread the mixture over butterflied shrimp, then grill just until they change color. Finish with parsley and lemon juice.

6. Save the shrimp heads.

Do as @leasrecipes does and get more bang for your buck! She saves the shellfish heads after peeling and sautés them in butter before adding the garlic. This simple trick makes your buttery base extra flavorful – sarsa pa lang, ulam na!

7.Add more pantry staples.

Check your pantry for other ingredients you can use to transform the dish. Creator @abbygailarcilla adds chopped tomatoes for a healthier take, while @galiver16 includes ears of corn. If you want another creamy option, follow @chefobang and stir in evaporated milk. Or try @connhcruz‘s version by mixing in corn kernels and topping everything with grated cheese. So many options!

Which buttered shrimp version are you excited to try? Even beginner cooks can whip up these recipe ideas! You might need to shell out more than usual for this ulam, but it’ll be worth it. Plus, with a dish already super satisfying, you won’t need to prep anything else. Just pair it with simple carbs like rice, garlic noodles, or mashed potatoes – and mom will already be so proud.

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