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Garlic Butter Shrimp with Creamy Sauce recipe: learn how to cook shrimp with garlic sauce for an easy dinner recipe. Garlic butter shrimp are great alone or serve them with pasta!

Another look at the shrimp with garlic sauce and pasta on a plate ready to serve. Garlic butter shrimp are almost too pretty to eat!If you liked my Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo a couple weeks ago, you need to check out this amazing shrimp with garlic sauce recipe! I promise that it tastes as good as it looks! We’re going to talk about how to cook shrimp, an amazing garlic butter sauce, and how to serve it all up for the most amazing dinner recipe. My creamy garlic butter shrimp is easy enough that anyone can make it, even beginner cooks.

Close up of the finished garlic butter shrimp with garlic butter sauce plated and ready to eat.

You can use this recipe to make garlic butter shrimp that wow on their own, or follow the entire process to make a delicious shrimp with garlic sauce that goes great over pasta. No matter how you serve these tasty shrimp everyone will be begging for more. This is an awesome restaurant quality dish that you can easily make at home.

This quick and easy recipe serves 4 and is ready in less than 20 minutes! It doesn’t get better than that, right?!

ngredients needed to make shrimp with garlic sauce. Ingreidents for both garlic butter shrimp and creamy garlic butter sauce.

Here’s what you need to make shrimp with garlic sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on size)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pasta is optional (but highly encouraged by me!)

Adding the chicken stock to the cooking shrimp to help create the garlic butter sauce.

I’m not a huge garlic fan can I remove it from the recipe?

You can alter the garlic to suit your tastes. I think a small amount goes a long way in this recipe but if you really like (or dislike) garlic you can adjust the amount to your tastes. I always add extra because I’m a garlic freak.

My mom used to tell me I smelled like garlic when I was a kid since I ate it all the time. That sounds super gross, but oh well. You can’t really go wrong with this recipe since the butter, shrimp, and parmesan cheese are going to bring a lot of flavor to the dish as well!

Image shows the cream being added to the shrimp with garlic sauce recipe. The next step for how to cook shrimp with garlic butter sauce!

How to cook shrimp properly:

Shrimp are really easy to overcook (I have learned this from my addiction to watching Master Chef). Here are my tips for how to cook shrimp properly so you can make them successfully in any recipe you want!

Cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp that you use. I always recommend that you buy the largest ones that you can find at a reasonable price and make sure they’re raw! The pre-cooked ones are almost always going to end up being over-done in hot dishes since they’ve already been cooked!

Cheese is sprinkled over the cooking garlic butter shrimp and garlic butter sauce, these shrimp with garlic sauce are soon finished!

Once the shrimp turn pink and are no longer translucent they are ready. Be careful to watch them when they are cooking. This usually happens within about 2-3 minutes per side and then they’re ready to come off the heat!

You can leave the shells on the shrimp in most recipes and peel them after but for a recipe like this you’ll need to peel them and remove the tails first. Since they are going into a sauce you won’t want to have to do that later! If you can find peeled and deveined shrimp that are raw those are an excellent choice!

The garlic butter sauce is finished. The next step in how to cook shrimp with garlic sauce is to add the pasta, shown here!

How to make garlic butter shrimp:

  1. The first thing you need to do is melt the butter in a skillet over high heat.
  2. Next we are going to add in the shrimp, salt, pepper, and garlic. Saute everything for 1-2 minutes until the shrimp start to turn pink!
  3. After the shrimp start to turn pink add the heavy cream, chicken broth, and the Parmesan cheese to the mixture.
  4. Mix it all up and simmer the entire mixture for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will start to thicken and that is when you will know that it is ready.
  5. If you are serving it over pasta you can do that now. I like to garnish with some fresh parsley and lemon wedges for squeezing over the final dish.
  6. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for later use. If you have leftover pasta mix it all together and once it sets together in the refrigerator it’s even better for leftovers!

Shrimp with garlic sauce on a plate ready to eat with some more garlic butter sauce and cheese sprinkled over the top.

Is this a garlic butter sauce?

The first part of this recipe is what I’d consider a garlic butter sauce for shrimp. You can serve the shrimp on their own in a garlic butter sauce without adding the heavy cream, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese.

If you just want to cook the shrimp this is a great option. You’ll want to cook the shrimp until they’re done. It’ll take more than 1-2 minutes so make sure you check out the info above on how to cook shrimp properly. It will help you make sure you don’t overdo it, shrimp go from great to rubbery in no time!

Top down view of the garlic butter shrimp with garlic butter sauce on a platter ready to be served for dinner!

How do I serve this creamy shrimp with garlic sauce?

You can serve this sauce over almost any kind of pasta. It is delicious and quick, in about 10 minutes it’s ready to go! If I’m serving it over pasta I make sure that is cooking for a few minutes before I start the shrimp so that everything gets done at the same time!

If you’re looking for a lighter Alfredo sauce using Greek yogurt, check out my Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce. You can even add a fall twist to the garlic sauce by adding pumpkin like in my Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta sauce.

Beautifully plated shrimp with garlic sauce layered over pasta for an easy dinner recipe.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp with Creamy Sauce
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Garlic Butter Shrimp with Creamy Sauce recipe: learn how to cook shrimp with garlic sauce for an easy dinner recipe. Garlic butter shrimp are great alone or serve them with pasta!
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on size)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with pasta if desired
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large skillet over high heat
  2. Add shrimp, salt, pepper and garlic, saute until shrimp 1-2 minutes, just until shrimp turn pink
  3. Add heavy cream, chicken broth and Parmesan cheese
  4. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken
  5. Serve immediately with pasta if desired, garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges
  6. Store leftovers in refrigerator

Garlic Butter Shrimp with Creamy Sauce recipe: learn how to cook shrimp with garlic sauce for an easy dinner recipe. Garlic butter shrimp are great alone or serve them with pasta!

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