This is a very simple appetizer, but oh-so-delicious. You could also serve this over pasta for a main course and add some sliced chile for a bit of a kick. Because large shrimp (prawns) often come from farms in Asia that do not follow sustainable practices, consider buying wild-caught Pacific spot prawns or American-farmed freshwater prawns, both of which are well managed. One good source for freshwater prawns is Lauren Farms (laurenfarms.com).
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound large (16 to 20 per lb.) shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Melt butter in a large frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat. Add shrimp and cook on one side until bright pink. Turn shrimp over and add garlic. Cook until completely pink, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and salt. Arrange on a plate and drizzle with pan juices.