Creamy Garlic Shrimp

You can not beat the combination of juicy shrimp in a delectable creamy garlic sauce. This restaurant-worthy dish is super quick and easy to make, can be served over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.

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This is an indulgent dish with all those creamy and cheesy flavors you won’t mind asking for seconds. Shrimp has a unique place among seafood due to its flavor and also eas of cooking. When you add it to a creamy parmesan garlic sauce, the flavors compound, resulting in a delicious dish.

You will love this Creamy Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is a winner among shrimp recipes

  • What I do differently in this recipe is coat the shrimp lightly with cornstarch and pan-fry it. Once fried, the cornstarch coating crisps up and the sauce sticks to the shrimp better.
  • It makes a beautiful creamy parmesan garlic sauce that stands on it and compliments the shrimp’s flavors.
  • This dish is comfort food for family dinners, rich enough to entice guests.
  • For a flavorful dish, this is quick enough for a busy weeknight dinner and indulgent on weekends.

For other delectable dishes with shrimp: Chili Garlic Shrimp – a garlicky and spicy appetizer; Shrimp Corn Chowder – another comforting dish with amplified flavors from bacon; Thai Shrimp Curry – If you are craving something Asian

Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Creamy garlic shrimp made with heavy cream and parmesan cheese is so good and

I can’t imagine a sauce this delicious without garlic and there is a good dose of it. I have added white wine, which is optional, but I would recommend it. While searing some bits of shrimp are stuck to the skillet’s bottom, which is big on flavor. Wine helps deglaze the bits when you add it to the pan and scrape at the bottom.

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Note: the wine reduces to half, and the alcohol evaporates, leaving no taste of the liquor but only great flavor behind. For a non-alcoholic option, you can use chicken broth instead.

Parmesan adds a nutty flavor without overpowering the sauce.

Shrimp coated with the creamy sauce and topped with some chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices.


The first few ingredients are required to season and pan-fry the shrimp. The rest are used to make the delicious creamy sauce.

  • Shrimp – I always prefer fresh shrimp. But for convenience, you could use a packet of pre-peeled frozen shrimp.
  • Flour/cornstarch – You can use flour or cornstarch as a coating for shrimps before pan-frying them.
  • Olive oil -To sear the shrimps.
  • Butter – anything sauteed in butter has more flavor. We shall 
  • Minced garlic – This aromatic is a must-have ingredient in this classic dish. It helps make the sauce savory. You may also use garlic powder. While choosing pods, go for firm ones with no brown spots.
  • Dry white wine – Choose a dry, light-bodied wine to add to this creamy dish. It adds a subtle and fruity flavor to the dish, creates a flavorful base for the sauce, and helps deglaze the pan by removing brown bits or fond stuck to the bottom of the pan. Chicken broth works as an alternative.
  • Salt & black pepper – add to taste.
  • Italian seasoning – to give that characteristic Italian herb and spice flavor to the sauce.
  • Heavy cream – is used to make the sauce rich and creamy. You may substitute it with sour cream. 
  • Grated parmesan cheese – a hard cheese that adds salty and nutty flavors and helps thicken the sauce.
  • Lemon Slices – To serve
  • Fresh parsley – to garnish on top before serving.

How to make – Step-by-step

Prep and season shrimp

Pat the shrimp dry with kitchen towels. This is especially needed if you are using frozen shrimp. Thaw the shrimps and drain the water, if any.

In a bowl, mix flour/Cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Mix them well, and then add shrimp to the bowl. Toss them around so the seasoning coats the shrimp well.

Heat a large skillet with olive oil. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and cook for two minutes. Flip and cook for another minute. Repeat for the remaining shrimp.

coat shrimp with flour, salt n pepper. sear shrimp.

Make the flavor base with wine

Heat the butter in the same skillet on medium-high heat. Saute minced garlic for a few seconds until it turns aromatic. Add wine to the pan and let it reduce. Scrape any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Make the sauce

Now, add the heavy cream slowly and stir to mix. Add the remaining ingredients: shredded parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir it and let it simmer for a minute.

Saute garlic and deglaze with wine.

Finish the dish

Now add the cooked shrimp to the pan. Pour the sauce over the shrimp. Switch off the flame, and garnish with some parsley before serving.

make sauce with cream, parmesan cheese and seasoning.
A bowl of Pasta topped with the creamy garlic Shrimp.

Recipe Tips

  • Use medium-large shrimps, as shrimps shrink once cooked.
  • If using frozen shrimp, thaw it completely and drain the liquid.
  • For any recipe that calls for Parmesan cheese in a sauce like this Creamy Parmesan Chicken, always grate it freshly from a block. Pre-grated parmesan cheese doesn’t melt well, which results in a grainy sauce.
  • Always while adding heavy cream to a pan, reduce the heat. Sometimes it may happen that because of high heat, the cream might split.

Storage instructions

To store creamy garlic shrimp in the refrigerator, use an airtight container big enough to fill with the shrimp and sauce. This is best kept for 2 days and consumed after that.

I generally consume shrimp dishes immediately, as shrimp loses flavor and texture when reheated and eaten later. So do not extend the duration of refrigeration for this recipe. 

The sauce might separate when kept in the refrigerator. A good stir while reheating in a pan should fix it. 

What to serve with

Creamy Garlic shrimp has plenty of sauces

  • Rice – The rice starch absorbs the creamy sauce and pairs perfectly with this rich shrimp dish. Serve on a bed of plain white, brown, or basmati rice.
  • Pasta – Shrimp in a creamy garlic sauce can also be served well on cooked pasta as a classic meal. Lighter pasta, like spaghetti or zucchini pasta, balances out the sauce’s richness.
  • BreadCrusty bread is perfect for scooping the sauce.
  • Creamy mashed potatoes with this creamy garlic shrimp taste divine too.
  • Roasted veggies – Serve with Oven-roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Lemon Pepper Zucchini, or Airfryer Roasted Broccoli.

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Creamy garlic shrimp with a sauce loaded with heavy cream and parmesan cheese.
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Creamy Garlic Shrimp

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Creamy garlic shrimp made with parmesan is a rich, delicious, and comforting dish suitable for any occasion. Parmesan cheese, garlic, and butter make it a flavorful side that you can pair with pasta, rice, or bread.
Servings 4 servings


1 Skillet Used to cook shrimp as well as make the sauce.


  • 500 grams Shrimp
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour/cornstarch
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • cup dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ cup Chicken stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 Lemon slices for garnishing
  • Fresh parsley


  • If using frozen shrimp, thaw completely and drain any water really well. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Season shrimp with flour/cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Toss well to coat.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Arrange half of the shrimp in a single layer in the skillet without crowding it. Cook on medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 minute. Remove from the pan. Add remaining oil to the skillet. Repeat the same for the rest of the shrimp.
  • Add butter to the skillet. Saute minced garlic for 30 seconds, until aromatic but not brown.
  • Add wine to the pan and let it cook for 1-2 minutes until it has reduced by less than half.
  • Reduce the flame and add chicken stock and heavy cream. Stir to mix.
  • Stir in shredded parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper as per taste. Mix and let it simmer for a minute.
  • Add cooked shrimp back to the pan. Pour over the sauce. Switch off the flame.
  • Serve over pasta or with crusty bread.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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