Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta — Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp, flavored with lemon and garlic!! A family-friendly dinner recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes and it’s so EASY!!

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta — Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp, flavored with lemon and garlic!! A family-friendly dinner recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and it's so EASY!!

Garlic Lemon Shrimp Pasta

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

The angel hair pasta is perfectly al dente and wonderfully buttery. The shrimp are juicy, plump, and have so much flavor from the garlic. Make sure you don’t overcook them so they’re not rubbery or tough.

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

And anything tossed in butter automatically tastes great.

Lemon garlic shrimp with angel hair pasta in skillet

What’s in Garlic Shrimp Pasta? 

To make this angel hair pasta with shrimp, you’ll need:

  • Angel hair pasta
  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Large shrimp
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest

Closeup of Lemon Shrimp Pasta Dish

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Cook the angel hair pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and cook the shrimp until done. Be sure to season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder at this stage. 

I recommend a pretty large skillet with high sides for this recipe because between the shrimp and the pasta, you need something fairly large so everything can get tossed in all that delicious lemon butter. Check out The Daring Kitchen’s roundup of the Best Stainless Steel Cookware. There are reviews and detailed information on so many different brands of cookware sets. Shopping for cookware is an investment and you want to make sure you do your research so you select the items most useful to you with your cooking style and needs in mind.

Add the lemon juice and zest, then add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss to coat in the lemon butter sauce for the pasta. 

What Size Shrimp Should I Use? 

You can use any size raw shrimp you’d like for this recipe. I prefer 12-15 count shrimp, but use whatever you have on hand or is easy to find in the seafood case at your grocery store.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp? 

Most likely, yes. However, I recommend using fresh shrimp in this lemon garlic shrimp pasta. The shrimp are the main event in this dish, so it’s important that you buy the best quality you can get your hands on. 

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta — Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp, flavored with lemon and garlic!! A family-friendly dinner recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and it's so EASY!!

Tips for Making Lemon Shrimp Pasta

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 sauté it with the butter if you prefer garlic cloves.

Be sure to use raw shrimp in this recipe and not a pre-cooked variety. I worry that if you use pre-cooked shrimp, you’ll wind up overcooking them and making them rubbery. 

I bet you could easily swap in diced chicken if you don’t have any shrimp on hand. Just note that chicken may need to cook a little longer than shrimp. 

Garlic Shrimp Pasta cooking in skillet
Yield: 4

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Buttery noodles with juicy plump shrimp, flavored with lemon and garlic!! A family-friendly dinner recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and it's so EASY!!

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

Instructions

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
      To a large skillet, add the butter and heat over medium-high heat to melt.
    2. Stir in the garlic powder.
    3. 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.
    4. Add the lemon juice, optional lemon zest, and stir briefly to combine.
    5. Turn the heat to low, add the pasta to skillet with the shrimp, and toss to combine and coat.
    6. Taste, check for seasoning balance, and make any desired tweaks (add more salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, etc.).
    7. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Dish is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat gently prior to serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 1348mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 29g

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Originally published March 20, 2015 and republished April 1, 2020 with updated text.

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