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Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives

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Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and healthy 30-minute meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ this 30 minute meal will transport you to the Greek Isles with its silky lemon sauce and rich, briny olives.  The health news on the Mediterranean Diet just keeps getting better and better ~ lucky us!

Greek style Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I love Greek food.  I love all Mediterranean food, but have a special weakness for Greek flavors.  Greek cooking is sunny, simple, and so good for you.  When I think Greece I think olives and olive oil, seafood, lemons, wine, feta cheese, and lots of fresh herbs.  Any combination of these ingredients make an amazing meal!

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and healthy 30-minute meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

If you google Greek shrimp you’ll come up with lots of recipes that use tomatoes and feta cheese.  That’s how I used to do shrimp all the time until I discovered this amazing lemon sauce.  It’s the same sauce I used in my Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce, and that recipe was sent to me by a reader who lives in Athens (thank you Alexandra!!)  The sauce is so versatile that I’ve been able to translate it into many different meals.  My Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives is the poultry version, if you’re not a shrimp lover.

Fresh egg yolks for Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The sauce is a simple, almost primal ~ it consists of stock (in this case chicken or fish) thickened with a mixture of fresh lemon juice and egg yolks.  It looks creamy, but there is no dairy in it.  The flavor and texture is pure heaven, and goes so well with the bite of the olives.  I used both Greek cracked olives and an oil cured Moroccan variety.  It really pays to buy your olives fresh from an olive bar rather than rely on jarred, there are so many to choose from and they go so well with healthy Mediterranean dishes.

TIP: It’s hard to find pitted olives in any kind of variety, so I leave the pits in and warn my diners.

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives is an example of a quick and easy 30 minute meal Mediterranean style ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I typically serve this with rice or couscous so that none of the sauce goes to waste, but sometimes I’ll just pair it with some crusty bread.  If you love the ease of cooking with shrimp, you may want to try my Chimichurri Shrimp, the sauce can be made ahead and the rest takes just minutes.  If you want something even easier, try these Salt and Pepper Shrimp Skewers, you don’t even need to peel the shrimp!

Reader Rave ~

“I tried this recipe with excellent results, I did at paprika to spice it up a little bit. My husband said it was delicious I served it on a bed of white lemon rice. And white wine.”  ~ Claudia

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Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ this 30 minute meal will transport you to the Greek Isles with its silky lemon sauce and rich, briny olives.Β  The health news on the Mediterranean Diet just keeps getting better and better ~ lucky us!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time 25 minutes
Yield 2 servings


  • 1 lb medium or large shrimp peeled and deveined (leave the tails on if you like)
  • olive oil
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice you can use up to 1/2 cup for a super lemony flavor
  • 1 cup chicken or fish stock
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mixed olives
  • fresh thyme leaves


  • Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together until smooth and set aside.
  • Lightly coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and heat on medium heat until hot. Saute the shrimp for about 4 minutes, turning once, until they are pink and cooked through. Remove to a plate, cover and keep warm.
  • Heat the stock in a medium saucepan until it comes to a boil. Whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot stock into the egg yolks to temper them. Pour that yolk mixture back into the pan slowly, while whisking, and continue to heat on medium, stirring constantly, until the mixture just starts to thicken and comes to a simmer. NOTE: it won't get really thick, it will just get a little thicker and glossier. Once it comes to a simmer take off the heat immediately and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the sauce into a medium casserole or gratin dish and place the shrimp in the sauce. Top with the olives and thyme. Serve immediately with rice, couscous, or crusty bread.


  • Shrimp takes to all kinds of flavors really well, and sometimes I feel like spicing things up…this Chili Garlic Shrimp gets its zing from briefly marinating in lemon, garlic, and chili powder.  If you think you can handle it, take the heat up a notch further with my Shrimp Fra Diavolo, below…


Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in no time with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comShrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo


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    Veronique Eichler
    June 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    I made this today and it was delicious! I added a teaspoon of lemon zest as I like it extra lemony… I wish I could post a photo, it looked beautiful as well!

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    Victoria Sanderson
    March 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Sue, you must have read my mind. Just looking to make shrimp, scallops and fish for dinner and this perfect recipe popped into my feed! I love the Greek twist! Too bad I can’t serve it to my B & B guests – so M and I will just have to eat it all ourselves !!! Thanks! V

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      March 25, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Enjoy Victoria!

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    January 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    This looks delicious! I have shrimp in the freezer, and my lemon trees is loaded. As I was writing the recipe down, I couldn’t see when to add the other 1/2 cup of hot stock. But, I’ll guessing it’s added to the tempered egg/lemon mixture. I smash my olives with a meat tenderizer, and the pits come out easily. Not as pretty, but, I have too much dental work to take that chance!

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      January 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Hey Chris! What you do is ladle out 1/2 cup of the hot stock to add to the eggs, blend well, and then stir that back into the pot that has the rest of the stock in it.

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        January 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        Wow, you replied before I’d finished writing the recipe card! I’m so impressed. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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    October 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Just love this recipe and it is going to be my dinner tonight. Will hold back 1/2 of the sauce to use with chicken tomorrow night. It’s just me (husband away) so I can do that!!!
    I am salivating already. YUM!!

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      October 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Mary πŸ™‚ I actually have several other recipes that use this type of Greek lemon sauce if you end up loving it.

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    April 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This looks amazing, however I’m intolerant of eggs πŸ™ (hives and stomach pains occur). Can you think of anything that might be able to take the place of the egg yolk?

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      April 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      That’s a tough one, Hannah. I think you might want to try this with a classic flour and butter roux type of thickening. I go with a ratio of 1 to 1 flour to butter, and then add a little hot stock. You would get a thickened sauce that you can flavor with lemon, and then enrich with half and half, or cream.

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    March 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I tried this recipe with excellent results, I did at paprika to spice it up a little bit. My husband said it was delicious I served it on a bed of white lemon rice. And white wine.

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      March 24, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Sounds lovely, thanks for coming back to let me know Claudia!

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    February 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Such a wonderful combination of flavors, Sue! We’re trying to eat lighter after a trip where we “food binged” so happy to have new ideas.

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    February 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    good lord Sue these look superb. I do love shrimp but so rarely buy it as part of my weekly shop, I must start to include it more. Love the addition of lemon and olives. So perfectly Greek, reminds me of a summer holiday!

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    February 25, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Sue, what an addition of a dish enhanced with the “avgolemono” sauce! I love your way of exploring and trying new tastes. And as for the olives, is the right way to eat them -with the pits in- and no warning label; as you know, while processing olives to remove the pits, big part of the taste is lost. I take the pits only to make tapenade!
    Great recipe, great journey to Santorini….

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    Chris Scheuer
    February 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    This sounds heavenly, I will definitely try it. Love the combination of shrimp and lemon, then add olives and I’m over the moon with this!

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    Robyn Gleason
    February 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve long been admiring your lemon meatballs, Sue, and I had no idea the sauce was this easy and fabulous! And with shrimp? Wow! This is perfection. Funny cos meatballs and shrimp are my favourite foods and I’m craving lemon like crazy these days because I’ve got a major case of spring fever. Doing this!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    February 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    If this shrimp dish will transport me to Santorini, I am all in! πŸ™‚

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      February 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Haha, take me with you Laura!

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Such a lovely spring time meal! great lemony flavor:)

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    February 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Love shrimp dishes and this looks like a winner! The lemon sauce is killer and inder 30 sure has my vote!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    February 24, 2017 at 4:36 am

    That lemon sauce sounds really great! And since I LOVE shrimp and olives, this is for sure a winner!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 24, 2017 at 3:57 am

    That lemon sauce has been in my dreams! All your lemon recipes look fantastic and this is no exception. I adore how easy shrimp is to get on the table and I’m also a big fan of olives. This is going on my menu! Have a great weekend Sue!