Lemon Shrimp Linguine

The magic of this Lemon Shrimp Pasta lies in the harmonious balance between the citrusy notes of fresh lemon and the savory richness of succulent shrimp.

Lemon Shrimp Linguine

This Lemon Shrimp Pasta is perfect for both busy weeknights and special occasions.
The simplicity of the ingredients allows the natural flavors to shine, making it a perfect showcase for an uncomplicated and exquisite cuisine.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 large pot (for boiling pasta)
  • 1 Deep skillet or pan (for cooking shrimp and assembling the dish)
  • 1 colander ( for draining pasta)
  • 1 Wooden spoon or spatula (for stirring)


  • 8 oz 8 oz pasta (linguine, fettuccine, or spaghetti) (225g)
  • 1 lb large shrimps (450g) (peeled and deveined)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped, for garnish)


  • Prepare the Pasta:
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  • Cook the Shrimp:
    In a large skillet or pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and opaque. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  • Prepare the Sauce:
    In the same pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    Add the cooked pasta to the pan with garlic. Toss to coat the pasta in the oil and garlic.
  • Add Lemon Zest and Juice:
    Add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the pasta. Toss again to coat evenly. Adjust the seasoning with salt, black pepper.
  • Add Shrimp and Garnish:
    Gently fold in the cooked shrimp, ensuring they are evenly distributed. If the pasta seems dry, add a bit of the reserved pasta cooking water to reach the desired consistency.
  • Serve:
    Transfer the Lemon Shrimp Pasta to serving plates. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.


  1. Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh shrimp and lemons for the best flavor. The zest of the lemon adds an extra layer of citrusy brightness.
  2. Pasta Choice: Opt for a pasta variety that holds the sauce well, such as linguine, fettuccine, or spaghetti. Whole wheat or gluten-free options work wonderfully too.
  3. Shrimp Prep: If using frozen shrimp, thaw and pat them dry before cooking. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper for enhanced flavor.
  4. Balancing Flavors: Adjust the quantity of lemon juice and zest to your taste preference. The goal is to achieve a delightful balance of acidity and freshness.
  5. Fresh Herbs: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley just before serving for a burst of herbal aroma and color.
  6. Serve Immediately: For the best experience, serve the Lemon Shrimp Pasta immediately after tossing with the sauce to enjoy the vibrant flavors at their peak.
Keyword Italian pasta, Lemon shrimp, Pasta

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