Lemon and Green Garlic Shrimp

Spring is green.

Artichokes, asparagus, snow peas, spinach, green garlic, fresh herbs….. All green.

We love green.

I once worked with a woman who would not eat anything green…. I felt so sorry for her.

For those of you who don’t know (and I feel sorry for you, too) green garlic is immature garlic, picked before the cloves form. It looks like a green onion, sometimes with a hint of purple. It’s all edible, both the white and green tops and it has a mild garlic flavor.

Like the just-picked asparagus, it’s only available for a few weeks in the spring.

The shrimp have a lemon and olive oil sauce, along with the fresh spring vegetables. Use good olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

Lemon and Green Garlic Shrimp

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) shrimp (prawns), cleaned
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon, about 3 tbs 
  • 4oz (120gr) snow peas, sliced about 1/2″ (1cm) wide
  • 4 green garlic, including green tops, sliced
  • 3 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 3 tbs fresh marjoram, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbs garlic chives, chopped


  • Combine rice, stock and garlic chives in a small saucepan.
  • Cook, covered, until rice is done, about 16 minutes.
  • While rice cooks: Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add green garlic, snow peas and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and sauté until cooked through. They curl and turn opaque.
  • Add herbs, lemon juice, remaining 2 tbs olive oil and heat through.
  • Serve over Basmati Rice

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This was dinner a week ago, on mon mari’s favorite ‘Fish Hell Night’.

I think he’s going to have to rename Friday….

Back to spring.

When I planted these tulips a few years ago, I just bought a cheap bag of mixed bulbs. I had no idea what they were.

I stuck them in the ground on the outside of the fence so the puppies wouldn’t destroy them.

I fully expected the bunnies to destroy them.

I planted them rather haphazardly – one here, two there….

Every year it’s a surprise and a treat when they actually manage to grow, uneaten, and bloom

I am most appreciative.

Actually, I starting to appreciate simplicity – both in nature and in food.

Either that or I’m getting lazy…..

Last update on April 7, 2017

4 thoughts on “Lemon and Green Garlic Shrimp”

  1. We have had some tulips planted over 15 years ago by the old lady we bought the house from, pop up this Spring – also some Spanish blue bells and Hyacinths. It is the first time we have been here in Spring to see them. Since we have a rabbit warren in one corner of the property, they obviously don’t like them.
    It is also the first year we have tasted green garlic. I agree with your remarks about it.

  2. I read everywhere that rabbits love tulips, but the rabbit farm that lives in my backyard evidently can’t read. They never bother the tulips and really, don’t bother much of anything. Now, the voles on the other hand have decimated my iris. And the deer don’t eat anything until the grapes ripen. I thought someone was cutting them but no, it’s the deer.

    That dinner looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Thanks, sullimaybe, they were exceptional this year.

    Gill, isn’t spring fun? And a hassle? Glad you’re here to enjoy it this year. Hard to predict what the rabbits will destroy – and then it changes….

    nighstmusic, and the rabbits get into my veg garden and totally ignore the lettuce. Our deer like roses. I don’t know what ate my rosemary

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