Lemon Shrimp Pasta

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This is the most perfect and creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta in a white wine and butter sauce. Why go out when you can make something even better at home? It takes 15 minutes from start to finish, and it’s the most heavenly pasta dish of all time.

Why You’ll Love Lemon Shrimp Pasta

This is perfect for 🎄 Christmas Eve if you’re celebrating Feast of the Seven Fishes 🐟 as one of your seafood dishes on the table or any time of year. I can honestly eat a plate of pasta like this all year long without getting sick of it. The creamy, light, and lemony sauce is everything you want in a pasta recipe. You can absolutely leave out the shrimp and make this vegetarian if you’d like since the creamy sauce is delicious alone with the pasta.

How to Prepare Lemon Shrimp Pasta

🧈 Melt butter and olive oil in a pan on medium heat until hot and shimmering.

🦐 Cook raw shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until pink; remove from the pan.

🧄 In the same pan, add garlic and chili flakes; stir.

♨️ Pour in white wine and let it cook off until thick and reduced.

🍋 Add heavy cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice; stir.

💦 Return the cooked shrimp to the pan with cooked pasta and a splash of pasta water.

🌿 Stir everything together, garnish with parsley, and serve.

Nonna’s Tip

Boil the pasta of choice in salt and water. The water should be as salty as the sea 🌊 as it’s your only chance to season it.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Variations and Substitutions for Lemon Shrimp Pasta

This lovely lemon shrimp pasta is so flexible, but remember to adjust quantities and cooking times accordingly based on the substitutions you choose to ensure the best results. Don’t forget to tell me in the comments how you make this dish your own!

  1. Feel free to substitute white wine with chicken or vegetable broth for a non-alcoholic version.
  2. Instead of heavy cream, you can use cream cheese if you have it, canned 🥥 coconut milk (a great option if you’re dairy-free), or a combination of regular milk and Greek yogurt for a lighter option. Cashew cream would also work!
  3. You could swap traditional pasta with whole wheat pasta, gluten-free pasta, or even spiralized vegetables like zucchini or sweet potato for a lower-carb option.
  4. Experiment with different 🌿 herbs like thyme, oregano, or basil in addition to or instead of parsley.
  5. Instead of shrimp, you can use diced chicken, scallops, or even a combination of different 🐟 seafood.
  6. For a vegetarian option, consider adding roasted vegetables such as 🍅 cherry tomatoes, asparagus, or mushrooms.

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Lemon Shrimp Pasta is Best Served With

  • A classic Caesar salad with crisp romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing.
  • Seasonal vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, or 🫑 bell peppers roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Slices of baguette or my cheesy roasted garlic bread.
  • A Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze.
  • A lovely Italian Bruschetta would be wonderful served as an appetizer before this lemon shrimp pasta.
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Common Questions

How much salt should I add?

Boil the pasta of choice in salt and water. The water should be a salty as the sea as it’s your only chance to season it.

What type of salt Do you use?

I use Redmond Real Salt, please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be less or more salty. Salt is to taste, so please always taste and adjust as you cook.

What can I use instead of heavy cream?

You can use cream cheese instead of heavy cream or even the cream that sits on top of a can of coconut milk if you are dairy-free. Cashew cream is also an option. 

How can I make this recipe vegan?

Feel free to use plant-based butter and dairy-free milk, and leave out the shrimp to make this a plant-based meal. 

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

This is the most perfect and creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta in a white wine and butter sauce. Why go out when you can make something even better at home? It takes 15 minutes from start to finish and it’s the most heavenly pasta dish of all time.
4.63 from 45 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • chilli flakes, optional
  • cup white wine , or vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, or cream from a can of coconut milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • zest of one lemon
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • cooked pasta of choice, I used 150 grams dry linguine
  • splash of starchy pasta water
  • parsley, for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a pan on medium heat melt the butter and olive oil and make sure it’s hot and it shimmers before you add the raw shrimp.
  • Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until pink and remove it from the pan. In the same pan add the garlic and chilli flakes and stir.
  • Add the white wine and let it cook off for a few minutes until thick and reduced. Add the heavy cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, lemon zest + lemon juice and stir.
  • Add the shrimp back in with the cooked pasta and a splash of the pasta water. Stir it all up, garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 225mg, Sodium: 849mg, Potassium: 241mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 865IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this and it was good although I had no wine. Next time I will be making it with wine and enough for the whole family. Really really good!!’

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for my roomates and I for lunch today and we were impressed how light, yet delicious the dish was. 10/10!!

  3. 5 stars
    Definetly a favorite shrimp scampi recipe, this is a keeper to make again and often. I used Red Argentine large easy peel and deveined shrimp, tastes like little lobsters.