Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe

shrimp pasta in a bowl

Seafood is stealing the show with this garlic butter shrimp pasta. A crazy simple dinner that is loaded with juicy shrimp, garlic, and a parmesan buttery sauce. Serve this up for dinner with a side of breadsticks and salad.

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shrimp pasta in a bowl

This Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe Is…

  • 30 Minute Dinner Idea
  • Great Seafood Recipe
  • Family Friendly
  • Easy to Make
  • Simple Pasta Dinner

Ingredients Needed For Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp – Reach for peeled and deveined shrimp so it can soak up the flavor of the sauce. And be less messy for cleanup.

Fettuccine Noodles – If you don’t have fettuccine noodles you can use spaghetti noodles as well in replace.

Spices – Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes along with optional parsley.

Garlic – The garlic is a stand out flavor in this shrimp dish!

Baby Spinach Leaves – Fresh leaves work great as they wilt a bit but still have a nice texture to them.

Parmesan – Freshly grated is best.

How to Make Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

Full directions for this shrimp pasta are in the printable recipe card. This is a visual walk through on how to make for readers.

The first step is cooking your pasta as directed on the box. Drain pasta and set to the side once it is done.

shrimp in a pan with butter in skillet

Then in a skillet add your butter and heat up as noted, and then add in garlic and spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow all ingredients to become fragrant.

Next toss in the shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes or until it is fully cooked, then remove shrimp and place on plate and set aside.

parmesan pasta with spinach overhead shot of skillet

Add in the rest of the butter, then stir in the pasta, spinach, and parmesan and cook down to wilt spinach.

side view of shrimp pasta in the skillet

Stir in shrimp, and serve with fresh parsley if you want and more parmesan cheese.

How to Devein Shrimp

If you happen to buy shrimp that has not been deveined here is a quick walk through on how to do it. You will find it does take a little time but it is more affordable to buy shrimp that you have to devein yourself.

  1. Start by removing the shell of the shrimp if it is on.
  2. Then take a sharp knife and slice down the back of the shrimp to expose the vein.
  3. With a toothpick or wooden skewer slide under the black vein and lift and pull. It should pull the whole vein out.
  4. Wipe the vein onto a paper towel, it helps to get off toothpick easily.
  5. Repeat with all the shrimp. Then wash under cold water.
skillet shrimp in a square bowl with skillet beside it

What to Serve With Shrimp and Pasta

  • Salad
  • Breadsticks or Garlic Bread
  • Side of Vegetables
  • Etc.

Those are just a few simple sides we do. I have found even buying the chopped salads are a quick side as you throw all the ingredients together, toss and serve.

They come with dressing, toppings, and it makes it a no brainer side dish on those nights you don’t have time to cook.

Storing Leftovers

Store any of your pasta and shrimp in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat you can warm in the microwave or on the stovetop. You will find the pasta can dry out a bit. If so you can add a splash of water or milk to make it creamier.

More Seafood Ideas

shrimp pasta in a bowl

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta is a simple seafood dinner idea that takes around 30 minutes to make. Tender pasta smothered in a creamy parmesan garlic butter sauce and stuffed with shrimp in each bite.


  • 1 lb. Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
  • 8 oz. Fettuccini Noodles
  • 16 Tbsp. Butter (2 Sticks)
  • 2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 5 oz. Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Shredded
  • Fresh Parsley (Optional)


  1. Pre-Cook Noodles according to package directions, drain water and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet melt 1 stick of the butter over Medium-High Heat and add in Minced Garlic, Salt, Pepper, and Red Pepper Flakes. Cook 2-3 Minutes.
  3. Add in Shrimp and cook 5-6 minutes until it turns a nice pink color. Remove Shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining 1 stick of butter in the pan and melt. Stir in Pasta, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese. Cook for 2-3 Minutes until Spinach wilts and then add back in the Shrimp.
  5. Serve as soon as the shrimp is warmed up again! Garnish with Fresh Parsley and additional Parmesan Cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 555Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 261mgSodium: 1590mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g
Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

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