Lemon Garlic Shrimp Alfredo

lemon garlic shrimp alfredo

This lemon and garlic shrimp Alfredo is, believe it or not, a great Christmas dish around our house, in part because you can still get some very good shrimp this late in the year. And there really isn’t any reason I can think of to have a nice lemon garlic and cheesy Alfredo sauce just about any time of the year. Period.

The dish starts with a garlic lemony Alfredo sauce, which is nothing but butter, garlic, cream, a little lemon juice and zest, and cheese. And apart from waiting for the cream to reduce a good bit, there really isn’t much to make it. The shrimp I like to fry in some pancetta and (a little more) garlic, which takes only a little time, as well. (You can serve the pancetta with the shrimp or not — your call.)

Add a little fettuccine and your done. It’s a very nice, quick fix dinner or as a small plate for lunch.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Alfredo
Serves 4
This lemon and garlic shrimp is a great Christmas dish around our house. You can still get some good shrimp this late in the year and Alfredo? Of course.
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  1. Zest from 1 fresh lemon
  2. 2 lemons, juice of, fresh
  3. 1/4 cup butter (1 stick)
  4. 2 cups heavy cream
  5. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  7. 1/2 cup Romano cheese, freshly grated
  8. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. Salt
  10. 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, pealed and tails left
  11. 1/2 pound pancetta
  1. Make the fettuccine and when it's ready, set aside to drain.
  2. Zest a lemon using a zester or a fine grater; set aside.
  3. Juice two lemons with a citrus reamer or juicer; set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and add the garlic with cream and boil until the cream is reduced by half.
  5. Add fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
  6. Stir in Parmesan and Romano cheese for 1-2 minutes; remove from heat.
  7. Sprinkle with black pepper and salt to taste.
  8. While the sauce is being prepared, fry up the pancetta in a pan (maybe with a small amount of olive oil), then add the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  9. Add the shrimp and let it cook for two to three minutes per side.
  10. To assemble, add the fettuccine to a bowl, followed by the Alfredo sauce, then top with the shrimp.
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