Shrimp garlic pasta

Shrimp garlic pasta is a classic dish that combines the succulent taste of shrimp with the rich flavors of garlic and a light, buttery sauce. Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Shrimp Garlic Pasta:

Shrimp Garlic Pasta Recipe


  • 12 oz (340g) pasta (linguine or spaghetti work well)
  • 1 lb (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pasta cooking water (reserved)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Cook the Shrimp:
    • While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Reduce the heat to medium.
    • Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Sauté for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant and lightly golden.
    • Pour in the white wine (or chicken broth) and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce slightly.
    • Add the lemon juice and zest, stirring to combine.
  4. Combine and Finish:
    • Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet, along with any juices that have accumulated.
    • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, tossing to coat everything evenly in the sauce. If the pasta seems too dry, add a bit of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen it up.
    • Stir in the chopped parsley and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the shrimp garlic pasta hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and additional parsley if desired.
    • Pair with a side of garlic bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal.


  • Shrimp: Make sure not to overcook the shrimp, as they can become tough and rubbery. They should be pink and opaque when done.
  • Pasta Water: The reserved pasta water contains starch, which helps to thicken the sauce and make it cling to the pasta better.
  • Wine/Broth: White wine adds a nice depth of flavor, but chicken broth works well if you prefer not to use alcohol.

Enjoy your delicious Shrimp Garlic Pasta! This dish is quick to prepare and perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion.

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