Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

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. 

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. 

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair 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!!

Yield: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

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.

69 comments on “Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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! 

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. Love me a great lemony pasta!!!

  20. Averie  this looks so delish!!

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

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!

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