Shrimp in Cream Sauce Recipe

Wonderfully creamy and flavorful, shrimp in cream sauce is a dish that comes together quickly and easily, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Shrimp in Cream Sauce

Shrimp in cream sauce is probably one of my favorite ways to serve shrimp. It’s rich, wonderfully creamy, and so very flavorful.

It’s one of those dishes that look really sophisticated but is really easy to make. So I make it often for my family, but I also feel that this dish is great for company.

The ingredients you’ll need

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty shrimp recipe (exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below):

  1. Unsalted butter
  2. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  3. Kosher salt and black pepper
  4. Minced garlic
  5. Heavy cream
  6. Cayenne
  7. Grated Parmesan cheese
  8. Chopped parsley

How to make shrimp in cream sauce

It’s easy! Scroll down to the recipe card below for the detailed instructions. The basics are simple:

  1. Cook the shrimp in butter. Set aside.
  2. Make the garlic-parmesan cream sauce.
  3. Add the shrimp back to reheat, then serve.

It’s a truly easy recipe – one of those seemingly sophisticated recipes that are so easy to make.

How to serve this dish?

Many people like to serve this dish on top of pasta or rice. That’s fine of course.

But if you’re on a low carb or keto diet, you can use zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower rice instead of the starchy options.

This dish is also good on top of haricot vert, thin French-style green beans.

And here’s one more healthy idea for you – you can ladle the shrimp on top of raw spinach leaves. The warm cream sauce will wilt the spinach just enough to render it perfectly cooked.

Are shrimp in cream sauce healthy?

I think so. Shrimp are healthy, especially if you choose wild-caught local (U.S.) shrimp.

Butter, cream and cheese are pretty much harmless for healthy people, according to current research.

Having said that, this is obviously a high-fat dish, so it’s not appropriate for someone who needs to limit saturated fats. In that case, a better choice would be these grilled shrimp, made with olive oil.

But if you follow a low carb or a keto diet, and don’t shy away from saturated fats, then this is likely a good choice for you.

What about leftovers?

You can keep leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Reheat them very gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power.

More shrimp recipes that you might like

Shrimp in cream sauce is not the only shrimp recipe that I make often.

If I had to pick the two recipes that I make the most, they would probably be baked shrimp (so easy!), and keto fried shrimp, in which I use crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs.

Shrimp in Cream Sauce

Wonderfully creamy and flavorful, shrimp in cream sauce is a dish that comes together quickly and easily, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time20 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: shrimp

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 360


  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1.5 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
NUTRITION INFO Nutrition info is approximate. It is calculated using the recipe calculator, and the carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Please read the disclaimers in our Terms of Use carefully before using any of our recipes. Recommended and linked products are not guaranteed to be gluten-free. Please verify they are before using.

Nutrition Facts

Shrimp in Cream Sauce

Amount Per Serving (0.25 recipe)

Calories 360 Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Fat 21g32%

Saturated Fat 12g75%

Sodium 638mg28%

Carbohydrates 3g1%

Fiber 0.1g0%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 37g74%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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