Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

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Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta is so easy but such a showstopper recipe. The sauce and pasta cooks at the same time for minimum effort. Just delicious!

Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

Juicy, plump shrimp (or prawns as we call them in South Africa) in a creamy lemon garlic sauce is always a good idea. Now add all of that to a plate of al dente pasta and you have yourself a most delicious, easy dinner that took next to no time to make but will impress the socks off your family/guests.

This is the kind of recipe I fall back on when I know I have guests coming around for dinner but I also know that time isn’t on my side. It’s always a showstopper and unless your guests don’t like shrimp (in which case I might suggest you need new friends… j/k), they will be licking their bowls clean because this creamy shrimp pasta recipe is a serious winner.

Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

How to make creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

Get a large pot of salted water boiling while you start the sauce. Melt the butter in a large skillet/frying pan then add the shrimp in batches until golden brown and opaque. I used frozen, deveined shrimp for this recipe and just removed the shells before cooking but you could use shelled prawns as well. Try to buy the very best shrimp you can afford because the difference is notable. You want sweet, juicy, plump shrimp that won’t be rubbery once cooked.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Once the prawns are cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside. Add a little more butter to the pan and fry the garlic for a few seconds before adding the cream, lemon juice and parsley. Simmer until just thickened then season to taste and add the prawns back in. Mix with the cooked, drained pasta (always reserve a little of the pasta cooking water to help emulsify the sauce once mixed with the pasta) and you’re done. How easy?

Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

What is the difference between prawns and shrimp?

Living in South Africa, we’ve always called this specific type of crustacean, “prawns” (as do many people around the world). Shrimp to us are teeny tiny prawns that are used most often in frozen seafood mixes. However,  shrimp or jumbo shrimp as they are called in the US and what we call prawns are pretty much exactly the same thing. So when you see an American recipe using shrimp, they are using prawns (usually Tiger/Queen prawns). Similarly for American readers, if a recipe calls for prawns, simply use shrimp/jumbo shrimp.

Is shrimp healthy?

  1. Shrimp or prawns are an excellent source of protein and vitamin D, which is essential for calcium and magnesium absorption.
  2. They also have high levels of zinc which helps to increase leptin levels in your body. Leptin helps your body’s regulation of fat storage and use of energy.
  3. Shrimp contain Iodine which also helps with your body’s energy levels and how energy is used when your body is resting, it also plays a role in supporting your thyroid gland.
  4. They also contain many other minerals and vitamins essential for heart health, healthy hair and skin and bone health like phosphorous, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids.
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Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta

Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta is so easy but such a showstopper recipe. The sauce and pasta cooks at the same time for minimum effort. Just delicious!
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy shrimp pasta, Lemon garlic shrimp pasta, Shrimp pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 580kcal
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 500 g/1lb tagliatelle or pasta of your choice

For the Creamy lemon garlic shrimp pasta sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 500 g/1lb shrimp/prawns deveined and shelled
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 cup/250ml cream
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • handful fresh parsley finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of cooking water. 
  • In the meantime, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet/frying pan and cook the prawns in batches until golden brown and opaque. Season the prawns to taste.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside. 
  • Add the remaining butter and garlic and cook for a few seconds, until the garlic is fragrant then pour in the cream, lemon juice (start with 2 tablespoons and add more if you wish), parsley and season to taste. 
  • Allow to simmer over gentle heat until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Add the shrimp back in and adjust seasoning. 
  • Add the pasta and a little of the cooking water and toss until the pasta is coated in the sauce. 
  • Serve with lemon wedges and chopped parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 429mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8.9% | Vitamin C: 10.9% | Calcium: 23.8% | Iron: 24.3%

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  • Maggie Unzueta
    Reply

    Looks delicious and so tasty. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Hannah
    Reply

    Thank you for stating the ingredients also in “g” and “ml” because I am from Europe and I find the “cup” and “lb” plain confusing and painful.
    I will cook this tonight 🙂

  • Janina
    Reply

    One of our familys favourites. My kids ask for it every week!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Your kids know a good thing when they taste it. 😉

  • Reply

    Loving that sauce Alida. And shrimp is always popular on our menu. We all love it. I’ve got to try this recipe!

  • Mariah Adame
    Reply

    What kind of cream is used?

  • Jo-Anne
    Reply

    Made this for dinner and it was fabulous. Great recipe.

  • Cat
    Reply

    Delicious! Loved how flavorful the sauce was!

  • Blair Scheepers
    Reply

    Was searching the net looking for something to make for book club when I saw your post. Definitely making this tomorrow night! Thanks, Alida!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I hope you love it Blair, please let me know what you and the book club thought! 🙂

  • Charity MacPherson
    Reply

    have you or anyone else tried this using cashew cream (soaking cashews overnight and putting in the blender)? just curious

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I haven’t but if you do, please let me know how it worked!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    Reply

    Serious pasta goals up in here!!! Not only does this creamy-dreamy shrimp pasta look absolutely delicious, but I just love how easy this is to make! It’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners, yet fabulous enough for entertaining! Pinning to try! Cheers!

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