Garlic Paprika Shrimp

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Try this 30-minute one-pot Creamy Garlic Paprika Shrimp using a few simple ingredients. Serve it with rice, pasta, orzo, or bread for a comforting and delicious dinner.

Here are more shrimp recipes that you may like: Hunan Shrimp, Shrimp Mei Fun, Shrimp Chow Mein, Garlic Butter Shrimp, and Hibachi Shrimp.

Garlic paprika shrimp served in a bowl.
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About Paprika Shrimp

This Creamy Garlic Paprika Shrimp is a simple and flavorful one-pot recipe where shrimp are pan-fried and added to a creamy garlic sauce with parsley and lime juice.

It is easy to make and comes together in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for weeknight dinners.

Serve it with mashed potatoes, steamed rice, orzo, or pasta, or relish it with crusty bread.

You can also make it ahead of time, as it lasts up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

Garlic paprika shrimp recipe ingredients - salt, pepper, and shrimp.
Garlic paprika shrimp recipe ingredients - paprika, garlic, onions, olive oil, tomato paste, red pepper flakes.
Garlic paprika shrimp recipe ingredients - lemon juice, heavy cream, parsley, and chicken broth.

Shrimp – Fresh shrimp or frozen shrimp, both work great. I used medium shrimp but you can use small or jumbo shrimp too. The cooking time will change slightly.

If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw them before use.

Oil – Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.

Onions – red onions, yellow onions, or white onions; use whichever you have.

Tomato Paste – It gives a bright and bold flavor to each bite.

Red Pepper Flakes – Adjust according to your spice level.

Others – You will also need garlic, chicken broth, unsweetened heavy cream, ground paprika (or red chili powder), freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper.

You can substitute heavy cream with cashew cream if you want something lighter or dairy-free.

How To Make Paprika Shrimp

Rinse 1 lb (500 g) clean and de-veined medium-sized shrimp and pat them dry using paper tissues.

Season the shrimp with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper.

Shrimp, salt and pepper added to a bowl.
Mixed well.

Heat 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Once the oil is hot, arrange the shrimp in the pan in a single layer and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

Note – If using small shrimp, cook for 2-3 minutes and if using jumbo shrimp, then cook for 5-6 minutes.

Shrimp arranged in a pan over oil.

Flip gently using a pair of tongs and cook for 1 more minute.

Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate and set them aside.

Cooked shrimp.

Reduce the heat to medium. 

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to the pan.

Add ½ cup chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Onions added to the pan.

Now add the following ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Garlic, tomato paste and red pepper flakes added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low.

Now pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan a few times to release all the flavors sticking to it.

Chicken broth added to the pan.

Stir in 2 teaspoon paprika and cook for another minute. 

Paprika added to the pan.

Finally, stir in ½ cup of unsweetened heavy cooking cream and 2 teaspoon lemon juice.

Heavy cream added to the pan.

Check for salt and pepper and add more if needed.

Now place the cooked shrimp back into the skillet and stir well.

Cooked shrimp added back to the pan.

Garnish with 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley. Serve!

Ready creamy garlic paprika shrimp.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to de-vein shrimp?

Rinse the shrimp under cold water and set them on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make a shallow cut along the back of each shrimp, starting from the head end and stopping just before the tail. Carefully remove the vein with your fingers or the tip of the knife. Rinse the shrimp again under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Your shrimp is now ready to be cooked!

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5 from 3 votes

Garlic Paprika Shrimp Recipe

Try this 30-minutes one-pot Creamy Garlic Paprika Shrimp using a few simple ingredients. Serve it with rice, pasta, orzo, or bread for a comforting and delicious dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound medium-sized shrimp (500 g, peeled and deveined)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • ½ cup unsweetened heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
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Instructions 

  • Rinse shrimp and pat them dry using paper tissues.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Once the oil is hot, arrange the shrimp in the pan in a single layer and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Note – If using small shrimp, cook for 2-3 minutes and if using jumbo shrimp, then cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Flip gently using a pair of tongs and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate and set them aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. 
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to the pan.
  • Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Now pour chicken broth into the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan a few times to release all the flavors sticking to it.
  • Stir in paprika and cook for another minute. 
  • Finally, stir in cream and lemon juice.
  • Check for salt and pepper and add more if needed.
  • Now place the cooked shrimp back into the skillet and stir well.
  • Garnish with parsley. Serve!

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Notes

If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw them before use.
You can substitute heavy cream with cashew cream if you want something lighter or dairy-free.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 586mg, Potassium: 189mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1129IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Hi, your recipes always turn out great. You are favourite blog for indian food. I would like to know what the two cooking implements are in the photo for this recipe. The square one underneath and the round one , more visible. Thank you, Jill from the U.K. xx

  2. 5 stars
    Very good!! This recipe is a keeper! followed it exactly as written. We will definitely make this many times in the future. We added a little more shrimp. I served it with penne pasta and a Creamy Marinated Cucumber, tomato and red onion salad. Thank you for a great recipe.