Creamy garlic seafood pasta

This seafood pasta with creamy garlic sauce is the perfect dinner recipe, whether you need to get dinner on the table fast or impress guests.

Creamy garlic seafood pasta

Ingredients

Full recipe with amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Seafood: I used shrimp/prawns, calamari, squid heads and mussels. Scallops and clams are also good additions. I wouldn’t necessarily add fish as it can break up too much during tossing but you could always had seared chunks of fish right before serving. Frozen seafood is perfect suitable, just thaw completely and pat dry with paper towels before cooking.
  • Butter. 
  • Fresh garlic. 
  • Lemon juice. 
  • White wine. 
  • Cream. 
  • Parsley. 
  • Salt and pepper. 
  • Chilli flakes (optional).
  • Pasta. I like using long pasta for this recipe but any pasta of your choice will work.
Seafood, herbs and garlic.

How to make seafood pasta

  1. Cook the seafood: In a large pan, add a splash of oil and allow to heat up. Season the seafood with salt and pepper then cook in batches until golden brown. The shrimp/prawns should take no more than a minute per side (depending on size) and the calamari and mussels will take only a few minutes to cook. Take care not to overcook the seafood as they will go tough and rubbery. Rather undercook slightly as it will cook a little more while being tossed with the sauce and pasta.
  2. Make the sauce: Remove the seafood from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, melt the butter and add the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook until fragrant then pour in the lemon juice and wine. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce by half. Pour in the cream and allow to come to a simmer. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Add the seafood (and any of its resting juices) and parsley and stir to combine.
  3. Combine and serve: Toss the sauce with cooked pasta and a splash of the pasta cooking water and toss to coat the pasta. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
Creamy garlic seafood pasta

Can you reheat seafood pasta?

The easiest way to reheat seafood pasta (and any pasta, really), is to place it in a pan set over medium-low heat with a splash of liquid. Water, stock or cream can be used. Slowly reheat then gently. I wouldn’t recommend freezing this pasta as the sauce might split once thawed. Leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Serving suggestions

  1. Easy focaccia bread
  2. Easy side salad with lemon dressing
Creamy garlic seafood pasta

Seafood recipes

  1. Mussels in white wine garlic sauce
  2. Shrimp and grits with bacon and corn
  3. Panfried scallops with white wine garlic sauce
Creamy garlic seafood pasta with lemon in serving bowl.

Creamy garlic seafood pasta

This seafood pasta with creamy garlic sauce is the perfect dinner recipe, whether you need to get dinner on the table fast or impress guests.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Seafood pasta, Seafood pasta recipe, Seafood pasta sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g (½lb) shrimp / prawns peeled and deveined
  • 150 g (5oz) mussel meat (approximately 500g with shells)
  • 150 g (5oz) calamari tubes / squid heads
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup parsley finely chopped
  • 500 g (1lb) pasta cooked + 1 cup cooking water reserved

Instructions

  • In a large pan, add a splash of oil and allow to heat up.
  • Season the seafood with salt and pepper then cook in batches until golden brown.
  • The shrimp/prawns should take no more than a minute per side (depending on size) and the calamari and mussels will take only a few minutes to cook. Take care not to overcook the seafood as they will go tough and rubbery. Rather undercook slightly as it will cook a little more while being tossed with the sauce and pasta.
  • Remove the seafood from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt the butter and add the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook until fragrant then pour in the lemon juice and wine.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce by half.
  • Pour in the cream and allow to come to a simmer. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
  • Add the seafood (and any of its resting juices) and parsley and stir to combine.
  • Toss the sauce with cooked pasta and a splash of the pasta cooking water and toss to coat the pasta. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 713IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg