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The Speckled Palate
September 21, 2015

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

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Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot, then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm with a favorite glass of wine!

Lemon Shrimp Pasta | Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!

Real talk: Shrimp used to gross me out.

I’m talkin’ raising your nose super high in the air, occasionally holding it closed kind of disgust.

In fairness, the only experience I had with shrimp for a long time was the pre-cooked jumbo monstrosities that are used in shrimp cocktail.

They smelled gross. (SO FISHY!) The texture was weird. And I just wasn’t interested in eating that.

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Lemon Shrimp Pasta | Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!

Then — surprise, surprise! — I attended college in Louisiana and learned that shrimp, when cooked properly and used in all kinds of dishes, can be quite delicious.

And by quite delicious, I mean basically good in everything.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta | Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!

This here dish has been something I wanted to make for awhile.

We love shrimp.

We love lemons.

We love pasta.

And these three flavors play really well together, so I gave it a shot one weekend, attempting to emulate the picatta sauce from a local restaurant that I craved during pregnancy. (We’d actually pick up dinner from this restaurant, and I would use their garlic rolls to soak up ALL the sauce because it was so delicious.)

It took a few tries, but I finally got it right!

Here’s how I did it:

Lemon Shrimp Pasta | Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!
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Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot, then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!
Course Entree
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb . linguini , cooked to al dente (follow instructions on the package)

Shrimp

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 1 shallot , minced
  • 1 lb . Gulf shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt-free Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Lemon Wine Sauce

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with the the Tony's and salt.
  3. When the olive oil is shimmering, add the minced garlic and shallot, cooking until see-through.
  4. When the garlic and shallot are soft, add the shrimp.
  5. Cook until the shrimp are pink, then transfer them to a bowl so they don't overcook.
  6. Deglaze the pan with the wine, then let the wine reduce by half.
  7. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley and red pepper flakes, stirring until combined.
  8. Add the shrimp back into the pan, cooking for a few minutes, then add the cooked pasta and 1/4-1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  9. Add the butter, and let it melt into the sauce.
  10. Stir a few more times, then serve warm with a favorite glass of wine.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta | Flavorful shrimp are seared with garlic and a shallot then added to a decadent lemon wine sauce and tossed with linguini. Add butter to finish, then serve this addictive seafood entree warm!

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4 Comments

  1. Julia

    Ohhh yeah, shrimp cocktails creep me out a bit, too. But all other things shrimp? Game on! I didn’t realize you went to school in Louisiana…that must have been such a cool experience in many ways, and so unique from a culinary standpoint! I’m loving this pasta – fresh, simple, perfect for dinner any night of the week!

    • Erin

      SO glad you’re with me on the shrimp cocktail bandwagon! The ONLY time I’ve had it where it was good was when my friend’s mom boiled the shrimp herself, and we had to peel them and dip them in the cocktail sauce, and it was AMAZING. I ate maybe two pounds, no joke.

      Louisiana was a lot of fun — culinary and otherwise. And this pasta is super fresh, simple and great for a weeknight meal because it’s quick! <3

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