Easy Shrimp Aglio e Olio is the simplest, most delicious pasta recipe you can make. The perfect dinner recipe for weeknight meals.
Full recipe for Pasta Aglio e Olio with shrimp with amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Shrimp. Fresh or frozen (and thawed), peeled and deveined.
- Olive oil.
- Chilli flakes / red pepper flakes.
- Lemon juice.
- Pasta. I prefer long pasta for this (spaghetti, linguini, tagliatelle, etc) but any pasta shape will work.
- Salt and pepper.
- Parmesan, for serving.
How to make Shrimp Aglio e Olio
- Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add pasta of your choice and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.
- Cook the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels before cooking to ensure they brown a little. This will add even more flavor to the finished dish. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan then add the garlic. I like slicing the garlic super thinly but you can crush the cloves too. Fry the garlic and chilli flakes until the garlic just starts to turn golden. Be careful here as garlic can burn quickly. Add the shrimp, salt, pepper and lemon juice and cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque throughout. Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and cooked pasta along with a splash of the pasta cooking water. Toss until the sauce and the pasta are well combined then season to taste and serve.
How long to cook shrimp
Shrimp (or prawns) cook very quickly when cooked in a hot pan. Once the prawns have turned evenly pink and opaque, they are cooked. This takes approximately 3-5 minutes in total. Take care not to overcrowd the pan as this will cause the shrimp to steam instead of pan-fry.