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Spicy Shrimp with Orange Brown Butter Sauce + Vacation Pics

6 reviews / 4.2 average

First things first: IT'S FRIDAY.

Do you love Fridays or what?! Gee whiz gosh golly gee, I can't get enough of them. I still work all weekend (bloggity blogga), but Friday nights are always my most favorite time of the whole week. I have always loved the feeling of working really hard all week and then Friday night knocking on my door and being released from the daily grind for two whole days. Better yet, there's the anticipation of getting 8-200 hours of sleep. It's not my best quality, but I have a little bit of a selfish time-hog mentality about Fridays - if we're hanging out on Friday night or Saturday morning before 11am, you are probably my favorite person in the world. Fridays are my least favorite night to socialize like a normal person, unless you count books and TV and pizzas and stretchy pants as socializing. Sometimes I wonder-worry: what is going to happen when we have little people in our family and I can't be a time-hog anymore? Oh, no. But oh, yes. Babies. ❤

Anyways. Friiiday, Friiiday, gotta get down on Friday.

Also gotta get down with this orange brown butter sauce. Here's the deal: we ate something like this on vacation, and now I've recreated a really simple at-home version, and now I'm going to show you the rest of our vacation pics. Fridays are just a little more buttery and a little more fun.

Brown butter in a pan with a spoon.

The first part of our Arizona trip was spent and my Grandparent's house, and the second relaxation destination was Montelucia Resort and Spa. Pictures of part one can be found right on over here.

After a few days at each of these places, we hopped on over to our final resting place. Er, wait. You know what I mean.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

We spent the last part of our vacation at the idyllic Royal Palms. This place was a garden paradise. Exhibit A: one of the private patios in our suite, complete with fountain, lounge chairs, and stunning greenery and flowery all around.

Royal Palms Hotel.

The resort has a boutique feel to it because of all the unique details used to decorate and create the vibe of the hotel. There were lots of great textures, like reclaimed wood and tarnished bronze and wrought iron and marble.

Plus, you guys. The flowers, trees, and natural beauty of the place was just out of this world. It's a small resort so you always kind of feel like you're walking through the secret garden and you never really know where you're going to end up, but it wouldn't even matter if you got lost forever because it's so incredibly beautiful.

Royal Palms Hotel.

I tried not to obsess but I definitely obsessed.

Iphone taking a photo.

There was, naturally, a lot of this going on, including unpictured cheese plates and cucumber waters, especially since this great patio was connected to the suite that we stayed in. HELLO.

Royal Palms Hotel.

Our gorgeous suite really felt like some kind of secret garden hideaway, with all the doors, arches, windows, vines, and flowers. And it was tucked back off the main flowery path just enough to feel extremely private and quiet. I like quiet. A lot.

And the resort restaurant - T.Cook's. Get a load of this —> Parsnip Agnolotti with Lobster and Orange Brown Butter Sauce. That, my friends, was otherworldly.

Food on a white plate.

And this is the part where I ate all the apple fritters. Oh my gosh. Fancy restaurant APPLE FRITTERS. I have a thing for fried food dipped in sauce.

Food on a white plate.

I think our dinner was something like 300 hours long. On purpose. It's so nice to just sit, and talk, and eat, and talk, and eat... The ambiance of this place made you want to just curl up and live at your little table. Outdoor patio with the mountain in the background, little lights strung around, a crackling fireplace, and FOOD. I think that's all you really need to live, right?

Man sitting at a table.

What a great place to stay. Thank you for showing us a great time, Royal Palms!

(PS. This hippity hop hotel has a really fun Instagram account with lots more pictures of the resort - check it out! but beware. It will make you seriously contemplate booking a ticket to Arizona, like, now).

Woman smiling.

Back to real life and food. Here's this barely spicy shrimp, drenched in that finger licking good orange brown butter sauce, and a free pass to do whatever you want tonight because, like we talked about, FRIDAY.

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp in a blue bowl.
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Orange Brown Butter Shrimp


Orange Brown Butter Shrimp - a 15 minute, 6 ingredient meal that's nice enough for company!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 lbs. raw shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over low heat. When the butter is melted, add the thyme leaves. Stir and simmer, keeping the heat low (it burns easily), for 5 minutes or until the butter reaches a golden brown color. Remove from heat and stir in the zest. Pour the butter into a small bowl and let it rest for a few minutes.
  2. In the same skillet, with a light coating of the butter remaining, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the raw shrimp and the chili powder; shake or toss in the pan for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer translucent. Serve with the butter and pasta, grains, rice, or a salad.


I used salted butter - it was very salty but I loved it. If you want to control the saltiness, choose unsalted butter and add salt to taste.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: shrimp recipe, orange shrimp, butter shrimp

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love that this must taste super-complicated, but it’s so clearly incredibly easy!

    You may or may not have convinced me to actually cook shrimp…we’ll see how squicked out I get at the grocery store, I guess. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Brown Butter makes EVERYTHING Better! This sounds like another winner that will be loved by both me and my husband.
    PS I haven’t even clicked the instagram link and I’m already on the resort’s website mentally planning a trip 😉

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Your vacation looks amazing!! That resort is so pretty. And the sauce on this shrimp – yum! Anything with brown butter is sure to be amazing!! Oh and I have the same worry as you do about what happens to the lazy-me-time once babies are involved…

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    You two make me smile! I love the pictures of your vacation, they are so needed and I’m thrilled you found time in your busy schedule for some R&R! HAPPY FRIDAY… glad to know someone else enjoys them doing exactly what I like to do. We must be friends in some virtual kind of way! 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love shrimp cooked like this! So much flavor! I love the idea of the bright orange sauce – perfect on top of some salad. Yum. Definitely want to make this soon!

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    I am the same way on Friday nights and the rest of the weekend. I can’t wait to get home on Fridays and veg out on the couch, then sleep in on Saturday. Fridays are the worst night for leaving the house; it’s all about the comfy pants on the couch!

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    I am not sure I should have looked at your vacation pictures when I myself am not lounging around—-in the sun—I have to add that part. Apple fritters in a fancy restaurant—you’re killing me here. Laughing. Hey the shrimp look excellent—-and exotic and with some snap. Great.

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    Can’t believe you were in Phoenix! I’ve been living out here this winter and I have to say, it’s definitely the best place to spend the winter – I can see why your grandparents love it! Doubt I’d be saying that during the heat of the summer, though 😉

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    This dish looks great, as does the vacay. Sometimes I forget what a floral paradise I live in here in Costa Rica. I’m sure it’ll hit me like a tons of bricks when we fly to the Midwest this summer and won’t have a mango tree in the front yard. Can’t wait to try the shrimp. My husband always picks up my favorite dinner items (like shrimp!) when he’s got a meeting at dinnertime and I’ve got to cook for myself. I’ll be trying this next week for sure!

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    Aw you’re vacationing like RIGHT BY ME! I’m so happy to hear good things about T Cooks- I’ve been debating trying them out for awhile and maybe I will actually give them a shot this year!

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    I was so excited to comment, I started typing it up in the ‘name’ field. lol oh well. Saved myself from having a super long name. That is seriously some sexy looking shrimp right there. A lot of butter, I would feel guilty eating it but it looks so good!

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    The resort looks amazing and so does that dinner you had there, how relaxing! I’m from Phoenix now living in Denver and I have to say seeing that resort makes me want to take a little vacation back to AZ. This shrimp you made looks fantastic! My husband and I are shrimp fanatics and will definitely be making this soon!

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    Dinner tonight is a vegan version of this with veggies and vegan butter, yum! Looking forward to orange, garlic, and thyme, yum!

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    Aww Lindsay, I look forward to Friday nights just as much as you for a very similar reason… They’re always my girls-night-in nights with my lil’ pup. Just us two girls. SO fun! (My guy has a “guy’s night” every Friday where he and his friends get together to play card and board games. I get to stay home, catch up on TV shows, and pig out on junk food. Love.)

    And this shrimp… Gosh darn it, why am I allergic?? Brown butter. Oh my goodness. If it wouldn’t make me so sick, I’d eat 3 servings just for all of those incredible flavors!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Oh my gosh, it was like a little paradise land. We went for a run one morning in the neighborhoods – totally idyllic!

  15. Skillful Cook Logo

    I came over specifically for some conversational/reader engagement blog writing inspiration and quickly found myself wrapped up in your life. My first thought was haha sleep, and all of these great things you speak of that are possible without children. Then it was those two really need a baby – which admittedly is a little odd to think about people that you don’t know.

    Anyways, as always, looks yummy and you have me hooked on your fun little life.