Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti

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This Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti is an easy and quick dish for the weekday menu that comes to together in 15 minutes with buttery garlic taste!

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Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti is an easy and quick pasta dish for the weekday menu. Savory, succulent shrimp sizzling in a garlic butter sauce paired with light and airy spaghetti. It’s a family favorite that I can usually whip up in 15 minutes.

Large skillet of garlic butter shrimp pasta with serving spoon and fork in skillet

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How to make garlic shrimp spaghetti

  1. Cook the shrimp with salt and red pepper flakes in butter until cooked through.
  2. Flip the shrimp to the other side to finish cooking, then remove the shrimp and set aside.
  3. Cook the remaining garlic and butter in the same skillet, along with the lemon juice, pasta water (reserved from cooking the pasta) and parmesan cheese. Use a whisk to combine the sauce and scrape up any bits from the shrimp.
  4. Add in the cooked spaghetti on top of the sauce.
  5. Toss to combine until the sauce coats the spaghetti well.
  6. Return the shrimp to the skillet, and garnish with parsley before serving.
Collage of 6 images showing step by step how to make the recipe in one skillet

Tips for making the recipe

  1. Cook the pasta al-dente. That’s because you’ll be tossing it with the sauce and shrimp for a couple minutes after it’s done cooking and you want to make sure it doesn’t get too soggy.
  2. Thaw and dry frozen shrimp before cooking. I prefer to buy frozen shrimp, so after I thaw it, I always make sure to dab it dry so the excess moisture doesn’t affect searing the shrimp properly.
  3. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. They only require a few minutes of cooking and if you over cook them they will get chewy. Cook until they are opaque pink in color.
  4. Use milk instead of pasta water for a more creamy texture. I prefer keeping it light with the lemon juice and pasta water because the garlic and butter give it great flavor. But milk is a great option as well!

Frequently asked questions

What kind of pasta can you use in this dish?

I like making this dish with long pasta such as spaghetti or linguini, but you can use whatever you have to hand. Penne and shells would both work well. Use a whole grain pasta for extra fiber and to lower the calorie content.

What do you serve with shrimp pasta?

A healthy portion of this pasta dish is a great meal by itself, but I like to serve a smaller portion alongside a fresh caesar salad. If you’d like, try my olive oil garlic bread with it too!

How long does shrimp pasta last?

This pasta is best served straight out of the pan. If you have any leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge to enjoy the next day.

Garlic butter shrimp pasta served in a bowl with parsley and parmesan cheese

This garlic shrimp with spaghetti is such a great recipe for a quick and easy weeknight meal. It’s family friendly and packed full of flavor!

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Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti

This Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti is an easy and quick dish for the weekday menu that comes to together in 15 minutes with buttery garlic taste!
5 from 621 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 446
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces spaghetti or pasta of choice
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to package instructions; drain well and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt two tablespoons butter. Add shrimp, salt and crushed red pepper, and cook stirring occasionally, until shrimp is opaque pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining butter and garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Add the lemon juice, pasta water and parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Transfer the spaghetti to the skillet and toss with the sauce.
  • Add the shrimp on top and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3 days in the fridge.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • To make it gluten-free, you can use any gluten-free pasta of your choice.
  • To make the sauce more creamy, you can add some milk instead of some of the water. 

Nutrition

Calories: 446kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 318mg, Sodium: 1195mg, Potassium: 229mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 453IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 230mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. My bride and I had this tonight. What an excellent meal this was. Followed the recipe – almost. Spaghettini, pasta water, no cheese – otherwise, the same. What a fantastic meal. Wanted to add my new fave salad (slice of iceberg lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, ranch dressing, tomato slice, but no time). Big hit. Quick, easy, tasty. Instantly added to our current rotation of meals.

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  2. Yum! Thank you for this delicious meal enjoyed by my whole family. As a working mom, I typically stay away from recipes because they take too long but this was so fast and easy. Will be following you now!

  3. My kids loved this! I whipped it up after a long softball practice and the best part I had all the ingredients! Easy, simple and delicious.

  4. Thank you for this recipe. Made this for my husband and 3 teenagers and they all loved it!! Will definitely be part of my rotation

  5. Great recipe. We loved it. Made it with milk instead of lemon juice (because we didn’t have lemons). Must be great with lemon juice too.

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I’m sorry to hear that. I wouldn’t add all of the pasta water at once. I’d add about a 1/2 cup and continue to add as needed!

    2. I agree, we the pasta water part is kind of vague. You should definitely try again with just adding a bit at a time to help bring everything together and keep the pan from burning… I’m going to try this recipe on Sunday.

      1. Try as I might, I could not find spaghetti sauce. I just cooked the shrimp with some spaghetti sauce… skipped the pasta water.
        Great dish!!

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