Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

This is the kind of recipe my family loves.

Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp and flavored with lemon and garlic.

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Big lemon flavor, juicy shrimp, and buttery noodles all in one dish everyone will love! A healthy weeknight dinner for those busy nights!!

It’s the kind of recipe I love because dinner is ready in 15 minutes and it’s so easy.

Angel hair pasta is great because it cooks so quickly and so do shrimp. Even large shrimp only take a couple minutes to cook through.

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Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Big lemon flavor, juicy shrimp, and buttery noodles all in one dish everyone will love! A healthy weeknight dinner for those busy nights!!

To save chopping time and because I don’t like biting into little pieces of garlic no matter how small I mince it, I used garlic powder. Feel free to chop a clove or two of garlic and sautee it with the butter if you prefer garlic cloves.

The lemon adds a wonderful brightness to the dish and is a perfect compliment to shrimp.

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Big lemon flavor, juicy shrimp, and buttery noodles all in one dish everyone will love! A healthy weeknight dinner for those busy nights!!

And anything tossed in butter automatically tastes great.

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Big lemon flavor, juicy shrimp, and buttery noodles all in one dish everyone will love! A healthy weeknight dinner for those busy nights!!

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Big lemon flavor, juicy shrimp, and buttery noodles all in one dish everyone will love! A healthy weeknight dinner for those busy nights!!

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp and flavored with lemon and garlic that’s ready in 15 minutes and so easy. To save chopping time and because I don’t like biting into little pieces of garlic, I used garlic powder. Feel free to chop a clove or two of garlic and sautee it with the butter if you prefer cloves. The lemon adds a wonderful brightness to the dish and is a perfect compliment to shrimp. And anything tossed in butter automatically tastes great.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, de-veined, and cleaned with tails off (I prefer 12-15 count shrimp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, optional

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
  2. To a large skillet, add the butter and heat over medium-high heat to melt.
  3. Stir in the garlic powder.
  4. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes total, or until just pink and cooked through. Flip shrimp halfway through cooking. Cooking time will vary based on size of shrimp and pan used; don’t overcook or shrimp will become rubbery and tough.
  5. Add the lemon juice, optional lemon zest, and stir briefly to combine.
  6. Turn the heat to low, add the pasta to skillet with the shrimp, and toss to combine and coat. Taste, check for seasoning balance, and make any desired tweaks (add more salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, etc.). Serve immediately. Dish is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat gently prior to serving.
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36 comments on “Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta”

  1. Garlic, butter and lemon is a great classic trio I love with any kind of seafood. This has a comfort food vibe to it but looks easy and delicious!!

  2. I love this dish..especially the pictures with the lemon slices they look so bright and colorful. I love angel hair pasta because it’s not as heavy as other pastas so the dish still feels light. Can ‘t wait to try. The cilantro lime chicken was a huge hit, having leftovers for lunch today.

    • Thanks for trying the cilantro lime chicken and glad you have some for lunch today, too!

      I love angel hair because it cooks fast and totally agree, it’s so much lighter-feeling which I much prefer than heavy pasta dishes!

  3. These flavors are so classically YUM, and totally my kinda dinner!  I  adore all things shrimp, so I am loving this pot of buttery, noodle goodness! Pinned!

  4. Oh, such goodness!!!!! I’m drooling!

  5. Simple, understated and yet… a work of art.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

  6. Averie  this looks so delish!!

  7. Love me a great lemony pasta!!!

  8. This was one of the first dishes I ever learned to make and was always a hit with my family too. I can certainly vouch for its ease and deliciousness!!

  9. We have a similar recipe on dinner rotation at home and it’s one of our favorites. Oh, how we love buttery pasta with something lemony in it too. Yum.

  10. That looks soooo delicious! Yummy!
    Greetings from Hamburg :-)

  11. This is my kind of dinner – everything I love in one place!

  12. This looks delicious and I could just have this for lunch. May I ask though, why you didn’t use fresh garlic? I use garlic powder from time to time but usually prefer the taste of fresh garlic.

  13. Please ignore my first comment. I’m sorry, I just read your note about the garlic.

  14. That looks delicious!! Nice and easy to do. Thanks for sharing your recipe

  15. Averie, this is exactly the type of recipe that my family loves too, very easy and simple to make a delicious weeknight meal, but also flavorful and comforting. Our refrigerator always hoards a bag of shrimp, so I always have some on hand for delicious recipes like this one.

  16. Lemon spaghetti was one of the first things I learned to cook.  Love it!!  I’m sure the additions of garlic and shrimp are dynamite here.

  17. Averie, I love this simple but packed-with-flavor recipe! Such a great weeknight dinner! 

    About the garlic, I’m with you- I don’t like biting into garlic no matter how small, but I definitely prefer the taste of actual garlic to garlic powder. What I do is put a whole clove or two (smashed a little to release the flavor) in the oil and remove them once they’re golden. That way the oil gets the good garlic flavor butI don’t have to eat it! 

  18. Garlic issues?
    1. Mince garlic & add salt on your chopping board. With back of knife mix together until garlic becomes smooth garlic paste.

    2. Roast garlic head in oven with olive oil until butter soft & mellow roasted flavor. Squeeze cloves of garlic paste into recipe.

    3. Buy garlic paste in a toothpaste tube.

    All of the above are best to do instead of using dried garlic powder.

  19. I love this recipe….I have been using a similar recipe by Ina Garten.She bakes the shrimps though and does not use garlic.I must admit I like your version of cooking them in a skillet.A lot less effort.I am going to do it your way from now on.Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

    • I think I’ve seen Ina make the recipe you’re talking about on one of her episodes! I love her shows and her cooking but I am all about the easiest, fastest way and these were SO fast to make in a skillet!

  20. This recipe sounds delish! I have a question though, there’s no olive oil needed? Other recipes I have seen call for olive oil.

  21. This was a hit with everyone in my family tonight! My 7yo son wasn’t even done with his plate when he asked if I would make this for his birthday dinner next month. We’re big eaters so I doubled the pasta and sauce ingredients, but kept the shrimp to 1 lb and it fed us well. We’re huge garlic fans, so 3 cloves of garlic passed through a garlic press was perfect. Thank you so much, this was delicious! I’ll be keeping this recipe handy.

  22. This dish sounds delicious! What are some great sides that you like to pair with it? I would like to do a couple but not both green. So far I have asparagus or broccoli. What else do you suggest?

  23. Try chopping your garlic on cutting board. Add your salt to garlic, rub the check knife over salt and garlic turning it to a paste. Making recipe tonight

  24. I tried your recipe this evening and my family loved it.. I was told that I could make it again. I added a few other ingredients. I added onions, bell peppers and some baby scallop’s. I am gluten intolerant so I used gluten free pasta and garlic bread. It was a quick and easy recipe, thank you.

  25. I made this tonight and found it was way too lemony. Next time I’ll add more garlic and maybe half the lemon juice. It was quick and easy!

    • As with anything, everyone’s taste preferences vary in the amount of intensity they want of something. You can easily just scale back the lemon to suit your tastes next time. Thanks for trying the recipe.

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