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This Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Spaghetti is so easy to make and comes together really quickly. This shrimp spaghetti comes together in less than 30 minutes and is packed with flavor. Be prepared to have your kids asking for seconds!

I love a simple easy dinner and this shrimp spaghetti is perfect if you’re short on time and need to whip up a meal fast! It’s a favorite as my kids always eat every last bite without any complaints. If you’ve got some shrimp in your freezer then this is the recipe to make for dinner tonight!

top down shot of shrimp spaghetti in a skillet
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If you are looking for more pasta recipes, why not also try my Jalapeño Mac and Cheese or my Creamy Red Pepper Pasta! They’re super quick to make and can be easily made with pantry staples.

Why You’ll Love This Pasta Recipe

  • Quick cooking protein: I love making shrimp spaghetti because the shrimp cooks up so quickly. It’s perfect for last minute meals!
  • Simple recipe: If you’re a looking for a beginner friendly recipe then this is it! This shrimp pasta is so easy to make and the instructions are straightforward.
  • Kid-friendly: I love sharing kid-friendly recipes that adults love as well. This pasta with shrimp has the seal of approval from my kiddos.

What You’ll Need

garlic shrimp spaghetti ingredients laid out
  • Spaghetti — you can also use angel hair pasta, linguine, or fettuccini if you prefer.
  • Shrimp — deveined, peeled, tail off
  • Black pepper
  • Pepper flakes
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice — freshly squeezed
  • Paprika
  • Pasta water — preserved from pasta
  • Butter — unsalted to avoid making this recipe too salty
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley — chopped
  • Parmesan cheese — grated

How To Make Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Spaghetti

  • Cook the pasta: cook according to package directions. Reserve around 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Marinate the shrimp: marinate with lemon juice, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, salt, pepper flakes (optional).
  • Cook the aromatics: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Add in the minced garlic. Sauté for 10-15 seconds until fragrant.
  • Cook the shrimp: Add in the raw shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned, flipping the pieces of shrimp occasionally to cook on both sides.
garlic shrimp spaghetti in a pan topped with parsley
  • Deglaze the pan and combine: Add in the pasta water and mix to deglaze the pan. Then add in the cooked pasta, grated parmesan cheese and toss together to evenly coat the pasta. Add in the fresh parsley and mix. Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Garnish: garnish with some fresh parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese, pepper flakes (optional) and serve to enjoy.
garlic shrimp spaghetti in a pan

Tips and Notes

  • You can purchase shrimp with their tails removed and deveined to save yourself time!
  • I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice as you get way better flavor from it. It’s brighter and lighter than bottled preserved lemon juice.
  • Make this spicier with a splash of hot sauce to the pan sauce.
  • Shrimp is cooked once it turns opaque. Do not let the shrimp overcook or it will be rubber-like in texture.
  • Want to add more flavor? Add in some fresh herbs. Basil is a great addition to the dish.
  • Got shrimp that are frozen in your freezer? Thaw it quickly by adding the bag of shrimp by placing it in cold running water. The shrimp should thaw in 30 minutes.
shrimp pasta in a white plate

FAQs

How do I store leftovers? Can I make this ahead of time?

Be sure to place any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. If you’re making this shrimp pasta ahead of time, you can make it 3 days or so ahead of time. When reheating, use a pan and add a splash of liquid to loosen up the pasta before stirring until warmed through. You don’t want to accidentally overcook the shrimp so be careful.

What else can I add to this?

I like to change things up by adding some greens like spinach, broccoli, or kale to the pasta. Just add a handful at the end and let the greens cook through as you stir so you can sneak in an extra serving of vegetables!

You can make this dish into a creamy shrimp pasta dish by adding in a little bit of heavy cream. You may also use cream cheese instead of heavy cream. This recipe is super versatile and you can play around with it without worry.

What shrimp should I use?

Feel free to use fresh or frozen shrimp. The size of the shrimp it up to you. As I mentioned earlier, deveined and tail-off shrimp makes prep time for this shrimp spaghetti even shorter.

side shot view of shrimp pasta in a skillet

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5 from 48 votes

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Spaghetti

A delicious and easy to make spaghetti without the traditional red spaghetti sauce! Lightly cheesy but full of delicious flavors.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz. spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1.5 lbs. raw shrimp, deveined, peeled, tail off
  • ½ tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
  • ½ tsp. pepper flakes, or more, optional
  • ¾ tsp. onion , powder
  • ½ tsp. salt, or more to paste
  • 2 tbsps. lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cup pasta water, preserved from pasta
  • 3 tbsps. butter, unsalted
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 2 tbsps. fresh garlic, minced, about 4 large cloves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • More chopped parsley, for garnishing
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese, for garnishing
  • Pepper flakes, optional, for garnishing.

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Preserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Marinate the shrimp with the lemon juice, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, salt, pepper flakes (optional) .
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Add in the minced garlic. Sauté for 10-15 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add in the raw shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned, flipping the pieces of shrimp occasionally to cook on both sides.
  • Add in the pasta water and mix to deglaze the pan. Then add in the cooked pasta, grated parmesan cheese and toss together to evenly coat the pasta. Add in the fresh parsley and mix. Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Garnish with some fresh parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese, pepper flakes (optional) and serve to enjoy.

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Notes

  • Use more parmesan cheese if you like.
  • You can purchase shrimp with their tails removed and deveined to save yourself time!
  • I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice as you get way better flavor from it. It’s brighter and lighter than bottled preserved lemon juice.
  • Make this spicier with a splash of hot sauce to the pan sauce.
  • Shrimp is cooked once it turns opaque. Do not let the shrimp overcook or it will be rubber-like in texture.
  • Want to add more flavor? Add in some fresh herbs. Basil is a great addition to the dish.
  • Got shrimp that are frozen in your freezer? Thaw it quickly by adding the bag of shrimp by placing it in cold running water. The shrimp should thaw in 30 minutes.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 474mg | Sodium: 1962mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1534IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 559mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!! I’ve made it twice now and I can see it becoming a staple in my house holds dinner menu. I did use frozen shrimp and also bottled lemon juice (it’s what I had this time). Turned out great!!