Quick & Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan

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This quick and easy creamy garlic shrimp is loaded with amazing flavor, ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes. One skillet shrimp cooked in a creamy garlic parmesan cream sauce is the perfect dish with pasta or a side of your favorite veggies. 

Quick & Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan

 Make the best shrimp recipe ever that’s not only simple to prepare in less than 15 minutes from start to finish but also tastes incredible. I’m truly convinced that cream and garlic are a match made in heaven. 

It’s made using just one pan, and it’s fantastic as a delicious lunch, dinner, and even as a main meal for a special occasion.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quick dinner idea for the family or planning a special occasion. Shrimp is usually a crowd-pleaser, and it’s hard to go wrong with it, especially if there’s cream, garlic, and parmesan involved.

So, if you are a fan of shrimp as much as I am, you’re going to love this quick shrimp recipe. This delicious Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan will satisfy your cravings. It’s also keto-friendly, low carb, gluten-free, and a flavor bomb.

The shrimp is cooked in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove it from the skillet and make the creamy sauce. So easy!

Ingredients for The Perfect Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan

You’ll be amazed to discover that you can prepare a highly delicious creamy garlic shrimp with parmesan with just a few simple ingredients that will surprise everyone.

Quick & Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan
  • Olive oil – you may cook shrimp in different oils if you like. I prefer to use olive oil because it’s delicious and cooks up nicely.
  • Shrimps – Make sure the shrimp have been peeled, deveined, and the tails have been removed before cooking. Also, you can use fresh or frozen shrimp. Just make sure you thaw the shrimp completely before cooking.
  • Butter – you need to use unsalted butter. Using butter will enhance the flavor of the meal.
  • Garlic – when it comes to cooking shrimps, you can’t go wrong with adding some yummy garlic.
  • White Wine – when you mix the right wine with a creant sauce, you create a fantastic flavor combination. Replace with chicken broth if you don’t want to use wine.
  • Cream– Heavy cream is the best option because it’s high in fat and makes the sauce incredibly creamy. Full fat is a better option than light low fat cream, but you can use them too.
  • Parmesan Cheese – works as a sauce thickener, and it also adds incredible flavor.
  • Salt&Pepper – Simply season with salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Creamy Garlic Shrimp 

Following just simple and easy steps, you will end up with the perfect dish that will surprise everyone.

Start by pouring the olive oil into a skillet over medium heat. For an intensified garlic flavor, consider infusing the olive oil with minced garlic before adding the shrimp. Simply warm the oil over low heat and gently cook the minced garlic until fragrant.

After the pan is hot, add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper to taste. For an extra layer of flavor, try adding a dash of crushed red pepper flakes or a pinch of paprika to the seasoning, giving the dish a subtle hint of spiciness and a burst of color. Another option is to marinate the shrimp in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, and your favorite herbs for 15-30 minutes before cooking, enhancing the shrimp’s tenderness and taste.

Pan Sear the Shrimp

Sear the shrimp for about 1 minute on each side, until just pink, and transfer them to a bowl. To boost the nutritional content and add some color, consider tossing in some sautéed vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or baby spinach along with the shrimp.

Make the Cream Sauce For Shrimp

In the same skillet, start making the garlic parmesan sauce by adding butter. When the butter has melted, cook the minced garlic for a few seconds, making sure it doesn’t burn. For a bolder wine flavor, you can deglaze the skillet with white wine right after searing the shrimp.

Pour in the white wine and rasp off any browned pieces from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then add the cream. For a dairy-free and lighter version of the sauce, you can try substituting heavy cream with coconut milk or almond milk.

Allow the sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally. Add the parmesan cheese and simmer until the cheese has melted, and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency. To experiment with different cheese options, try using Gruyère or Asiago for a unique cheesy blend.

Return the shrimp to the large skillet, coat them thoroughly in the sauce, and generously top with fresh parsley. For an extra zesty twist, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the sauce to balance the creaminess with a refreshing tang.

Enjoy your delicious garlic parmesan shrimp while it’s still hot! To complete the meal, serve it over your favorite cooked pasta, such as linguine or fettuccine. Accompany your dish with a glass of crisp white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for a perfect wine pairing. Additionally, you can prepare a separate small bowl of the garlic parmesan sauce for dipping, allowing your guests to indulge in extra flavors.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimps?

Yes, fresh shrimps can be easily replaced with frozen ones. It only has to be thawed completely in cold water. It will defrost in around 15 minutes. You mustn’t attempt to defrost the shrimp in warm or hot water.

best creamy garlic shrimps with parmesan and parsley

What Type of Wine Should I use?

To go with this, I chose a glass of white wine. A mild Chardonnay is a great match. You might pick a Sparkling Moscato for a sweeter taste.

Tips for Making The Best Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan

  • If you want to use salted butter, I recommend being careful with the salt because the sauce will get salted from the parmesan too.
  • Look for fresh shrimp. Frozen shrimp is OK, but fresh shrimp will always taste better.
  • Make sure the shrimp do not overcook. They cook fast, and even after you remove them from the heat, they will continue to cook in the creamy sauce.
Quick & Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan recipe

How to Devein Shrimps

  1. Peeling the shrimp before or after cooking is a personal preference. Many chefs believe that leaving the shell on the shrimp while cooking enhances the flavor since the shell retains the fluids in and is flavorful.. However, some people prefer to peel the shrimp before cooking so that the final meal is easier to enjoy.
  2. Pull off the head – The head of the shrimp is sometimes still attached. That is the very first thing you should do. If you like, you may also cut it off.
  3. Pull off the legs – Take them in your fingers and pull them off in bunches. They should simply detach from the body.
  4. Remove the shell – Start at the top end move your fingers below the shell. Try to remove it from the body in one piece by gently pulling it away.
  5. Leave the tail on or off – it’s your choice – some cooks like how the tails look in the finished preparation, while others prefer to eliminate it.
creamy parmesan shrimps with garlic sauce

Here is one exciting thing: Save the shells. Why? Because you can make a delicious shrimp stock, which is a delightful base for shrimp bisque or other seafood soups. Just put them in a freezer pack and save them for when you need to make shrimp stock.

Are Shrimps Keto-Friendly?

Yes, shrimps can be eaten on a keto diet. Shrimp, like other seafood, is a protein that has zero grams of net carbs, including fish like halibut, crab, and lobster. So make a dinner out of it by eating it with keto veggies.

Carb in Shrimps

Shrimp has an excellent nutritional profile. The nutrients in a 3-ounce (85-gram) portion of shrimp are listed below.

  • Calories: 72.2
  • Fat: 0.43g
  • Sodium: 292mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 17.1g
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Low Carb Sides for Garlic Shrimp with Creamy Sauce

  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted or Steamed Vegetables
  • Simpe Green Salad
  • No Carb Shirataki Noodles

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creamy garlic shrimps and parmesan sauce

Quick & Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan

5 from 12 votes

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yelds 4 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


This quick and easy creamy garlic shrimp is loaded with amazing flavor, ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes. One skillet shrimps cooked in a creamy garlic parmesan cream sauce is the perfect dish with pasta or a side of your favorite veggies.
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  • 1 pound shrimp tails on or off
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream full fat or low fat
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the Srimps – In a medium pan over medium heat, pour olive oil. Add the shrimps and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimps for 1-2 minutes on each side or until pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Make the Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  • In the same skillet, add butter. Once the butter has melted, cook the minced garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Reduce the heat and pour in the wine or broth and rasp any brown pieces. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
  • Pour the cream and stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add the parmesan cheese, and allow to simmer until the cheese is incorporated and the sauce thickens.
  • Return the shrimp into the pan, generously sprinkle with parsley and stir to combine. If needed, add more salt and pepper.
  • Enjoy while it’s still hot over pasta, steamed vegetables, or dip some bread into the sauce.


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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic shrimps
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    1. You’re right, somehow I missed one step when writing the recipe. Sorry for the inconvenience. To make the sauce you need to melt the butter in the same pan, then cook the garlic for a few seconds. I updated the recipe instructions!

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