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Lemony Garlic Shrimp with Pasta Recipe

Lemony Garlic Shrimp with Pasta

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"This is a very elegant dish good for a nice simple meal. Tasty and pretty enough for company, but my husband and I enjoy it as a nice weekend meal. The brining of the shrimp takes the longest, but is very easy and improves the taste and texture of the shrimp."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins


  1. Dissolve the kosher salt in 1 gallon of water in a large pot. Add the shrimp, and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours. Drain and pat shrimp dry with paper towels.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the angel hair pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp, white wine, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the shrimp is no longer translucent in the center, about 6 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, parsley, and lemon zest before tossing with the angel hair pasta.
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  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2009

We have really enjoyed this recipe. It's fast and EXCELLENT. If you use frozen shrimp, make SURE to defrost and pat dry before using in the sauce or else you'll get a pretty watery sauce. Thank you for the great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2011

I used a bow tie noodle. After reading the reviews about cooks only using 1/2 the pasta because there wasn't enough sauce, I made more sauce (quantity for 8) and still used a full pound of pasta. The sauce lacked body and had a greasy mouth feel to it.

Mar 16, 2011

I've been making a version of this for years. I got it from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). I use 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice and a 'glug' of white wine, plus Italian parsley. Make sure you add the garlic only after you add the lemon juice/wine. Otherwise if you saute it with the shrimp, it will burn and there is nothing worse than burned garlic. For the pasta, I have made it with angel hair, regular spaghetti, and linguine and prefer linguine over all the others. It stays separated and doesnt turn into a big pasta glob. I also add several thin slices of lemon and fresh grated parmesan for presentation. It is absolutely one of my favorite dishes to make and only takes a few minutes to cook. It is excellent! Note: dont skip the step of soaking your shrimp in the salt water. It cleans them really well resulting in very fresh tasting shrimp.

Jun 02, 2009

So Lemony, so garlicky, so wonderful! I cheated and skipped the brining. I used frozen, raw, peeled & deveined shrimp which the package touted was "prepared with sea salt," so I thought that was good enough! For the sauce, I did cut the butter back a little and only used 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (plenty hot for us!). I also added 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. For the lemon juice and zest, it's basically the juice and zest of one lemon. I served this over whole wheat spaghetti. It was excellent and I highly recommend this recipe!

Mar 30, 2009

Yummm...tastes just like a dish I would order at a restaurant. I omitted the red pepper and did not brine the shrimp due to time. But it was still excellent. Next time I will add more shrimp.

Mar 16, 2011

This dish is excellent and I added a few of the recommendations from other fellow reviewers...used 4Tsp. of Fresh Minced Garlic,& Juice and Zest of (1) Lemon. I also did a little spin of my own and added (1) Tsp. of cornstarch at the very end of cooking just to thicken it up a bit and it turned out So Good! Gave enough body to cling well to the Pasta...Oh and I only used 8 oz. of Pasta vs. the #1 Suggested. Did not have fresh shrimp used frozen still very good, and cayenne pepper...no flake on hand....also only had orzo pasta and it went well....Trust this recipe and Bon Apetite!

Jun 10, 2009

We'd give it a 5 Star, but I'd omitted crushed red chili flakes. Very light lemon flavoured sauce. I was worried that the thin-as-water sauce would cause angel hair pasta (nearly 1/2 a box) to taste 'watered-down' when tossed in pan of sauce & shrimp, but it didn't (was delicious), so added the remaining cooked pasta. Used 1.5# frozen raw 31/40 count shrimp (and ingredient measurements as recipe stated for 2# of shrimp). We're fans of garlic so next time I'll use 4-5T because 3T didn't 'stand-out' for us. Brined in sea salt for five hours, but didn't notice a difference between brining or not brining---however we rarely cook shrimp so I wouldn't know good from better ;^) Used 2T butter and a liberal drizzle of olive oil--both were more than enough so next time I'll use even less. Now that I know what to expect from/flavours of this dish...in the future I'll add veggies such as snow peas, thinly sliced bell pepper (red, orange, or yellow--green may be too tough/strong in flavour)and/or swiss chard in lieu of parsley. As stated in review preceding mine...the lemon zest and juice was one lemon.

Jan 19, 2010

This is a good recipe but I didn't give it 5 stars because 1) I had to reduce the pasta to 8 ox for the amount of sauce. 2) The recipe needs salt. The amount of garlic, lemon and lemon juice is just right but I used the same measurements for the sauce for 1 lb shrimp and 1/2 lb pasta. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 251 mg
  • 84%
  • Fat
  • 20.1 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 33.4 g
  • 67%
  • Sodium
  • 11829 mg
  • 473%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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