This lemon garlic shrimp recipe is so rich and creamy you’ll need some bread to mop up the leftover sauce! It’s that good.

pasta with lemon garlic shrimp

The ingredients form a short list for this lemon garlic shrimp recipe and it’s easy to make! That’s really all we need to know right? No way, we need to know how good it tastes, will I have seconds (or thirds) and if the whole family is going to like it. Basically the answer to all of those questions is just a simple… yes.

It tastes rich. If you’re watching calories then this healthy quinoa salad might be a better choice, I prefer to be honest and this is loaded up with dairy.

As spring takes its turn to be next to visit us, that means lots of lemon recipes for me, and lemon and shrimp are a great combination.

lemon garlic shrimp with fresh basil

Make sure to use large shrimp for this recipe. We don’t want to be moving our forks around looking for any mini shrimp! I love shrimp and I want to know that I’m eating them, the bigger the better! Don’t skimp on the garlic either because it seems like a I added a lot but the cream and butter really mellow it out. This is like an Alfredo sauce gone wild and would also be perfect with chicken if shrimp are not your favorite protein.

Lemon juice and fresh basil (lots) are two final components to an easy and family loving dish that you’ll probably make again and again!

lemon garlic shrimp with pasta

Check out these other easy lemon recipes that I think you’ll love!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 775kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
Amazing and delicious lemon garlic shrimp! These giant shrimp are cooked with pasta in a rich and creamy lemon garlic sauce!
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  • 2 1/2 cups dry Fusilli pasta
  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/3 cups grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pound large shrimp shells taken off
  • fresh basil for garnishing


  • Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer for 5-7 minutes and the sauce has reduced a little.
  • Add 1 cup plus 1/3 cup of the grated Parmesan to the pan along with the lemon juice and garlic.
  • Whisk the cheese into the sauce until it has fully melted and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Add the shrimp and simmer for another 5-7 minutes turning the shrimp once.
  • Once the shrimp are cooked, add as much of the cooked pasta to the pan as you wish and stir well to coat the pasta with the sauce
  • Serve with fresh basil and the remaining Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 479mg | Sodium: 1798mg | Potassium: 219mg | Vitamin A: 2090IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 857mg | Iron: 2.9mg