This easy Shrimp Alfredo recipe uses just a few staple ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes! The creamy homemade alfredo sauce and perfectly sautéed shrimp will feel like fine dining!

Looking for more seafood recipes? Try my Poke Bowls, Cedar Plank Salmon, or Shrimp Tacos!

Shrimp Alfredo made with fettuccine noodles, served in a bowl

What I love about this recipe:

  • Ready to eat in under 20 minutes!
  • EASY to make with very few and simple ingredients you may already have on hand!
  • Fresh and Delicious – All of these ingredients are fresh and simple, but combined they make the most creamy and tasty alfredo sauce!
The ingredients needed to make shrimp alfredo, including fettuccine, butter, cream, garlic, parmesan and shrimp.

How to make Shrimp Alfredo:

Cook Pasta. Drain and set aside.

Grate parmesan cheese and set aside, to allow it to come to room temperature (which will help it melt more smoothly into the sauce).

Make Sauce: Place butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until melted. Add garlic, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add cream, bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Turn heat to low and add parmesan cheese, whisking until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add pasta and toss to coat.

Three process photos for making alfredo sauce in a pot with butter, garlic, cream and parmesan cheese.

Prepare Shrimp by seasoning with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes.

Shrimp cooking in a hot skillet with oil.

Serve noodles with a scoop of shrimp on top. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

A large skillet filled with homemade shrimp alfredo.

Recipe Variations:

  • Healthier Alfredo Sauce: You could use milk or half and half; the sauce wont be as creamy, and you may want to thicken it with a cornstarch slurry. Or substitute this healthy alfredo sauce from my One-Pan Skinny Chicken Alfredo
  • Seafood Alfredo: Add Seared Scallops to make this a heavenly seafood alfredo!
  • Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo: Toss in some grilled chicken!
  • Shrimp Alfredo with Broccoli: Add some steamed broccoli or other favorite vegetable at the end, right before serving.
  • Cajun Shrimp Alfredo: Season shrimp with cajun seasoning before cooking. Add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper to alfredo sauce (or less, if you don’t want it spicy).

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Recipe

Shrimp Alfredo made with fettuccine noodles, served in a bowl
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

Alfredo sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1 lb fettucine noodles (or favorite kind of pasta)

For the Shrimp:

  • 1.5 lbs large shrimp , thawed and peeled, tails optional
  • 1 Tablespoon oil or butter
  • Fresh chopped parsley , for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

Instructions:

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Grate parmesan cheese and set aside, to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add butter and cook until melted. Add garlic, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add cream and whisk to combine, bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Turn heat to low and add parmesan cheese, whisking until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add pasta and toss to coat.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes. Serve noodles with a scoop of shrimp on top. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Notes

Parmesan Cheese: Avoid using pre-shredded parmesan as it won’t melt as smoothly or taste as good as freshly grated! 
Healthier Alfredo Sauce: You could use milk or half and half; the sauce wont be as creamy, and you may want to thicken it with a cornstarch slurry. Or substitute this healthy alfredo sauce from my One-Pan Skinny Chicken Alfredo
Seafood Alfredo: Add Seared Scallops to make this a heavenly seafood alfredo!
Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo: Toss in some grilled chicken!
Shrimp Alfredo with Broccoli: Add some steamed broccoli or other favorite vegetable at the end, right before serving.
Cajun Shrimp Alfredo: Season shrimp with cajun seasoning before cooking. Add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper to alfredo sauce (or less, if you don’t want it spicy).

Nutrition

Calories: 801kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 20gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 487mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1908IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 296mgIron: 2mg

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