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Garlic Oil with Lemon & Shrimp Pasta is a quick and delicious meal ready in 15 minutes!

If you’re pressed for time and looking for a super quick meal to make, this is probably the one I’d recommend. It’s fast (I made this in 15 minutes), light, healthy, and yet has a lot of flavor!

garlic oil with lemon & shrimp pasta

When Jason and I were at North Topsail Beach, NC this past weekend, we went and bought some fresh shrimp from a local seafood store. This was the end of the season so the shrimp were huge (16/20)! We did a shrimp and corn boil later that evening and had a ton of shrimp leftover (we bought 1.5 pounds thinking we could eat it all!).  This gave me the opportunity to come up with some recipes with shrimp in it.

I thought of this due to the fact that yesterday, I was extremely pressed for time. We had gotten home from work at 5pm, but I had to be out of the house by 6pm to make it to my MRI appointment. We were both starving but since this dish is so easy, I literally whipped this up in 15 minutes. It was that easy and yet so delicious! If you’re looking for a healthy change from the regular heavy, creamy pasta dishes, I would give one a try. It’s flavorful so you won’t be missing your heavy least for this meal ;)

garlic lemon shrimp pasta recipe
garlic oil with lemon & shrimp pasta

Garlic Oil with Lemon & Shrimp Pasta

Garlic Oil with Lemon & Shrimp Pasta is a super quick weeknight meal – it's ready in 15 minutes! Juicy shrimp and pasta are tossed with garlic oil and lemon juice, and served with parmesan cheese!
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 handfuls of thin spaghetti
  • 12 large shrimp
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 large lemons
  • salt and pepper

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  • Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Add a handful of salt and olive oil before dropping in the pasta. This will season the pasta while cooking.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, add the olive oil and sliced garlic on the stove on medium-high until you can smell the garlic. I cooked mine until the garlic was just brown. You don't want to burn the garlic otherwise the oil will have a bitter taste. Set aside.
  • Cut your lemons in half and squeeze out the juices in a cup, discarding the seeds.
  • Peel and de-vein your shrimp, if needed. You can either boil your shrimp in the pasta water right before the pasta is done cooking, or cook the shrimp in a skillet to get a nice sear.
  • Drain your pasta and shrimp once it's done and put them in a large bowl.
  • Pour the garlic infused olive oil (you may keep the garlic in if you want, but I remove them) and lemon juice over the pasta. Toss until pasta is covered and add some salt and pepper for seasoning.
  • You can top with some freshly grated parmesan cheese or fresh basil and serve with a baguette.


Calories: 259 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20 g | Sodium: 2 mg | Potassium: 82 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 1 g

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aglio olio recipe, garlic oil pasta, shrimp and pasta recipes, shrimp spaghetti
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Tuesday 29th of December 2015

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Monday 25th of March 2013

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Friday 21st of December 2012