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Minimal ingredients and time is all it takes to make this delicious Creamy Lemon Shrimp. The perfect easy dinner time recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Overhead of finished Lemon Shrimp in skillet topped with parsley

Living in Florida, shrimp is one of our favorite things to cook with. We are able to get it fresh when we want it and it’s nice when we want to make all the seafood dishes.

This Lemon Shrimp Recipe is one we have been making for years, it takes literally 10 minutes to prepare and has a delicious lemon flavor that works so well with the shrimp.

You can serve this recipe as is or you can serve it over pasta which we do. We love to make a whole meal out of it so pasta is our go-to when it comes to this Lemon Shrimp.

This is one dish that is a staple on our summer menu, I can’t get enough of the combination of flavors and lemon is always on I love to cook with in the summer.

Now we do make this Lemon Chicken Recipe all year long, obviously, we love it but when summer comes around it is a staple in our house and we make it at least once a month.

Some of our other favorite shrimp dishes we have on our site include Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Bruschetta Grilled Shrimp, and Asian Marinated Grilled Shrimp Skewers.

Pan with Creamy Lemon Shrimp with serving spoon inside

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With minimal ingredients and time, this is easy to prepare.
  • You can double this recipe to serve at larger gatherings.
  • You can use fresh shrimp or frozen.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Large shrimp
Salt
Pepper
Butter
Garlic
All-purpose flour
Half & half
Lemon
Parmesan cheese
Lemon zest
Parsley, optional

Ingredients needed to make Lemon Shrimp

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY LEMON SHRIMP, STEP BY STEP:

  1. Toss the shrimp with the salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl, set aside.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the shrimp and sauté for 2 minutes until they start to turn pink. 
  4. Next, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly until fragrant. 
  5. Add the flour and stir to coat the shrimp.
  6. Add the lemon slices to the pan.
  7. Slowly, pour in the half & half, stirring constantly and cooking until the sauce thickens, 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add the parmesan cheese and stir to incorporate. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute more and remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  9. Stir in the lemon zest. Add more parmesan, cracked pepper and chopped parsley as an optional garnish. Serve over pasta, rice, polenta, or however you wish!

Step by step photos on how to make Creamy Lemon Shrimp

This can’t get any easier and those combinations of flavors really are ones to drive your tastebuds wild, in a good way! Citrus, cream, cheese, and shrimp?

How can you really go wrong with that combination, I honestly think that you can’t. I have to rank this one of my top 5 favorite meals to make.

DO I HAVE TO USE HALF & HALF?

Half & Half makes this just a little bit lighter but if you really want to make it indulgent you can use heavy cream. We interchange them depending on what we have on hand.

WHAT KIND OF PARMESAN DO I USE?

We prefer to use freshly grated parmesan for this recipe but you can use grated from the can or shredded from the bag as well.

It will all melt together in the end so it really doesn’t matter what you use, what is on hand will work perfectly fine.

Spoon holding up some of the shrimp out of pan

HOW TO STORE:

Any leftover Creamy Lemon Shrimp can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing as cream sauce tends to separate when reheated.

To reheat, add back into a pan and heat until everything is warmed through.  

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • You can use any size shrimp you like, we prefer large shrimp.
  • This can be served over pasta, risotto, or with polenta or grits
  • Double this recipe to serve more people for dinner gatherings.
  • Swap out half & half for heavy cream for a richer sauce.
  • Use any kind of parmesan you like, we like to use freshly grated.

Lemon Shrimp over a bed of spaghetti on white plate

If you are looking for a fast and easy dinner that you will fall in love with then you need to make my Creamy Lemon Shrimp!

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5 from 7 votes

Creamy Lemon Shrimp

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Minimal ingredients and time is all it takes to make this delicious Creamy Lemon Shrimp. The perfect easy dinner time recipe the whole family will enjoy.
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Toss the shrimp with the salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl, set aside.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the shrimp and saute for 2 minutes until they start to turn pink.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly until fragrant.
  • Add the flour and stir to coat the shrimp. Add the lemon slices to the pan.
  • Slowly, pour in the half & half, stirring constantly and cooking until the sauce thickens, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and stir to incorporate. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute more and remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Stir in the lemon zest. Add more parmesan, cracked pepper and chopped parsley as an optional garnish. Serve over pasta, rice, polenta, or however you wish!

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 326mg | Sodium: 1292mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    VERY EASY and tastes great!!! My family enjoyed it!!! Can’t wait to try more recipes!

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