Garlic Shrimp Pasta is a quick and easy meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

Tender lemon pepper shrimp is cooked in garlic butter then tossed with tomatoes and pasta for a delicious entree that is full of flavor. And since it’s so quick and easy to prepare, it makes the perfect meal any day of the week! 

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Garlic Shrimp Pasta


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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

This recipe is simple to make and has amazing flavors. Garlic and butter compliment the shrimp while the tomatoes add freshness! Add in zesty lemon pepper seasoning and you have a flavor combination that is out of this world!

Lemon pepper can be purchased by the bottle or in bulk at your local market. Commercial lemon pepper tends to have a lot of salt but you can create your own, reduced salt version at home. This will allow you to control the amount of salt in the seasoning.

How To Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Simply combine the following ingredients, and adjust to your tastes or needs.

  • 1/4 cup dried lemon rind
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of table salt

Mix and store in an airtight container in a cool place. It should last for several months and is great on fish or chicken!

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How To Make Garlic Shrimp Pasta

  1. Cook Pasta as directed. Reserve a little of the pasta water to thin the sauce if needed.
  2. Season shrimp and cook with garlic. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. Set aside.
  3. Deglaze pan with white wine, then add tomatoes. 
  4. Return the shrimp and pasta to pan and toss. Add reserved pasta water at this time if needed.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta is wonderful served by itself or you can pair it with a crisp greek salad and a slice of cheesy bread for a complete meal! Fast, easy and definitely delicious this Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe will soon become a staple in your own recipe collection!

Recipe Variations

PASTA – this recipe uses spaghetti, but you can use any long pasta of your choice. Linguini, fettuccini, angel hair, tagliatelle, pappardelle or even ziti would work well.

MEAT – this recipe is designed for shrimp, but it would also be delicious with chicken! Or if you are looking for a meatless version, omit entirely for a delicious entree!

VEGGIES – tomatoes are used in this lemon garlic shrimp pasta recipe, but there are many other delicious substitutions! Asparagus, zucchini, spinach, bell peppers and mushrooms are all perfect options if tomatoes are not on hand or just not your thing. And don’t stop by adding just one, use several for a unique flavor combination!

CHEESE – use Parmesan as directed in the recipe below, or try Asiago, Romano or a dry Monteray Jack cheese. 

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Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Garlic Shrimp Pasta is a quick and delicious weekday recipe that's ready in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly


  • 8 ounces pasta linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper or to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp uncooked, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded


  • Boil pasta al dente according to package directions. Reserve ¾ cup of pasta water for later.
  • Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium high heat. Season shrimp with lemon pepper and lemon zest if using. Add to pan and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking until shrimp is pink and cooked through (about 2 more minutes). Remove from pan.
  • Add white wine to deglaze pan.
  • Add tomatoes to hot pan and stir just until heated. Add pasta, shrimp and remaining butter to pan. Toss to combine adding pasta water if needed to keep noodles moist (you likely will only need about ¼ cup).
  • Divide pasta over 4 bowls and top with parmesan cheese and parsley.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 305mg | Sodium: 1041mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 574IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course dinner
Cuisine American

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