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Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

While out at dinner a few nights ago I had some really lovely garlic shrimp over rice.  It was really tasty, but I am not a fan of rice unless it is my mother-in-laws fried rice, and I wondered how it would taste with pasta instead.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta 

So, a few nights later the inspiration bug was biting and I went to the market and got some shrimp so I could test my idea.  What I wanted was a dish that was buttery with a mellow garlic note.  I needed basil and the zest and juice of a lemon to brighten the flavor and cut the richness of the sauce.

What I got was a flavorful dish with tender pink shrimp and perfectly cooked pasta coated in a delicate butter sauce with hints of garlic.

It was perfect!

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta   Serves 2-4

1 lb raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 cloves garlic, minced – divided
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon basil, chopped fine
4 oz dry linguine
Grated parmesan

Raw Shrimp 

Place the shrimp in a bowl and add one teaspoon of garlic, the lemon zest and the vegetable oil.  Stir and let marinate while the pasta cooks.

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, but cook for one minute less than instructed.

During the last three minutes of the pasta cooking time heat the butter in  a large skillet until it foams.  Add the remaining garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the shrimp with the marinade and cook for 30 seconds, or until the shrimp are just turning pink.  Add the basil and stir to combine.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the pasta and add it directly to the pan – work quickly or your shrimp will over cook.  Stir to combine, allowing the shrimp and past to cook the rest of the way, about one minute more.  If the sauce does not coat the pasta completely add a bit of the cooking liquid to thin it out.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta 2 

Top with grated parmesan and a spritz of lemon juice.  Enjoy.

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24 Responses to “Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta”

  1. Looks wonderful! The lemon zest in it sounds delicious and fresh! Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like shrimp, so I’ll have to make this when he’s not around.

  2. Maria says:

    Simple but no one would ever know. Lovely dish!

  3. jenn says:

    Shrimp and pasta. I’m drooling just by looking at it. That looks lovely!

  4. this looks great! i think it looks better over pasta than rice too.

  5. Paula says:

    Yum! I’m bookmarking this to make while we’re at the beach in a couple of week. Looks super!

  6. Kevin says:

    That shrimp pasta looks so good!

  7. ingrid says:

    Yum, this would be perfect for today! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. matt says:

    awesome recipe will try tonight

  9. charlette says:

    This dish is very simple and delicious. My guests thought I had purchased it at our local deli.

  10. Aaron says:

    Man you cant believe this… i cooked this dish for my whole family and they really loved it! they even ask me to cooked it again. thanks

  11. Thanks so much for this. This might sound a little strange, but I spent the first couple of years of my teenage lifein Sicily, then travelled all over the globe. Now I’m living in Australia, with my Chinese wife, and son we had whilst in Japan! Truly international, eh? Anyway, I’ve been trying to rediscover the smells and tastes of my youth with some authentic Italian recipes like these, best I’ve found so far! Thanks again, I’ll see if I can add the feed to my google reader tonight, though my son usually does that for me!

  12. LunchboxLam says:

    it was REALLY GOOD!!! :P Very easy, but looks likes hard.

  13. LunchboxLam says:

    SO GOOD! Everyone loves it!

  14. radienttwilight says:

    made this tonight for dinner. It was awesome! :)

  15. andy & Jesse says:

    YUMMMM!!! just made it! tastes great!!!

  16. Oscar says:

    omg why post these foods it’s makes me hungry :P

  17. cierre says:

    I just made this and it was delicious. The only substitution I made was using olive oil instead of vegetable oil and using fresh lemon because my store doesn’t carry lemon zest. It still was great and quick lol

  18. Corey C. says:

    This recipe was absolutely delicious. Just as a warning, you may not want to share once you taste it.

  19. Suzyn says:

    Made this tonight to satisfy a craving and it definitely did. Even my picky husband loved it! Thank you!

  20. Angel says:

    sounds great n easy 2 make so im goin 4 it 2nite…Thanx

  21. Lovely1 says:

    This is a YUMMY recipe! I also added scallops and my family ate every drop! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Kerri says:

    Great dish! I made this tonight of my boyfriend and I and the only thing I would add to this is more more more garlic and butter.


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