Creamy Garlic Shrimp Recipe: A Mind-Blowing Dinner In 15 Minutes by Donna John

Seafood Dinner
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Creamy Garlic Shrimp Recipe: A Mind-Blowing Dinner In 15 Minutes

It was the photo of this shrimp recipe that first caught my eye. The creamy shrimp made my mouth water. The shrimp were served over crisp, buttery French bread slices. In the middle of a diet and reducing my carbs, I almost scrolled past it until I thought how delicious these creamy shrimp would be served over mashed cauliflower. Wow! So glad I stopped scrolling!

Large shrimp are seasoned with smoked paprika, ground cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic before being pan-seared in clarified butter (or regular butter). Heavy cream, lemon zest and lemon juice are stirred in. The sauce thickens while the shrimp finish cooking. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.

This creamy garlic shrimp recipe is on the table in about 15 minutes. The longest part of this seafood recipe is cleaning the shrimp. I bought shrimp already de-headed and shells split so they were much faster to clean.

Serve this garlic shrimp for dinner over mashed cauliflower, mashed potatoes, rice, grits or even egg noodles. Or, you could serve it over skillet-toasted French bread slices like in the original recipe. Shrimp toast, anyone?

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • dash of ground cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes (I used crushed red pepper flakes)
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter or regular butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

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Recipe Notes

  • This shrimp recipe can easily be doubled to feed four.
  • Use only raw shrimp for this recipe. Save the precooked frozen shrimp for another day.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Mix the shrimp with the smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Heat the butter in a large skillet. Put the shrimp into the skillet in a single layer. Cook over high heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add the heavy cream, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  4. Cook, stirring, until shrimp are cooked through and sauce has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 503

Total Fat: 11.8g

Saturated Fat: 7.1g

Cholesterol: 672mg

Sodium: 579mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.6g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Total Sugars: 3g

Protein: 86.4g

Vitamin D: 7mcg

Calcium: 43mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 301mg

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Love the idea to serve this over cauliflower to reduce carbs.
Succulent shrimp recipe! 🍤
Made this last night, was amazingly good! One thing I did was to add some shredded parmesan cheese to the cream slurry to add some salt and extra creaminess.
Donna John
I am so glad you enjoyed it! It's one of the best recipes I've made in a while. Love the idea of adding parmesan. Will try that next time I make it. StuBdoo
Another hack is to place some sliced avocado on the finished plate! So good and presents very well! Also, one thing that the cheese does is to help thicken the cream so you don't overcook the shrimp!

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