Garlic butter shrimp pasta takes less than 30 minutes to make and tastes amazing — shrimp tossed with a rich butter sauce and pasta? Yes, please!
Updated: August 2017
Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
When I fall off the wagon I do it in the biggest way possible. A week ago I shared a recipe for egg salad using avocado because I was being “more conscious about what I was eating.” And now? Today I am sharing a garlic butter shrimp pasta recipe that has almost a whole stick of butter. Yep, I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon, but if that means landing in a pan of buttery garlic shrimp than I’d say it’s well worth it. Would you like to join me?
Some Ingredients You’ll Need
- Fresh or frozen shrimp -see the recipe notes for details!
- Use a white wine that you like to drink. I used chardonnay, but sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio would work well, too.
- Spaghetti or other long pasta
- Lemon juice and zest
This easy garlic butter shrimp pasta is like a big hug – had a tough week? Dog mad at you? Feeling put-upon and misunderstood? Treat yourself to a pan of this buttery goodness – it’s a really great Friday or Saturday night thank goodness the week is finally over dish. Just don’t make it every week – I can’t advocate that much butter consumption. Tempting? Yes! Wise? Noooooo.
I’ll be eating a whole lot of salads to make up for this one, but it’s worth it!
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Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
This garlic butter shrimp pasta, adapted from Williams Sonoma Taste, is easy to make and so comforting.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Category: Main Course
- 4 oz spaghetti
- .75 lb shrimp, deveined and tails removed
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Lemon wedges for serving
- In a large pot heat salted water (should taste like the sea) over high heat. Once boiling add the spaghetti and cook until al dente.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the pan in a single layer and cook until they turn opaque, about 1-2 minutes per side. Depending on the size of the pan the shrimp may need to be cooked in batches. Once cooked remove from the pan and set aside.
- Next, add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan. Once melted add the garlic and cook until softened. Lower the heat, if necessary, to avoid browning the garlic. Add the wine, zest, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and allow the mixture to reduce for a minute or so. Lower the heat and slowly add in the rest of the butter (1-2 tablespoons at a time). Use a whisk to help the mixture emulsify. Add the cook shrimp to the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle the parsley over the top. Add in the cooked spaghetti and, using tongs, toss everything together. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe. If using frozen, be sure to fully thaw the shrimp before cooking. This can be done fairly quickly by covering the frozen shrimp in cold water for about 20 minutes. Once thawed, dry the shrimp with a clean dish towel otherwise they won’t cook properly.
- Calories: 651
- Sugar: 1.8g
- Sodium: 973.1mg
- Fat: 37.2g
- Saturated Fat: 22.5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 9.4g
- Trans Fat: 1.4g
- Carbohydrates: 45.2g
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Protein: 31.1g
- Cholesterol: 305.9mg