Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

By Rena Awada | Updated On September 24, 2022

This Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Mushroom Sauce is easy, rich, and delicious. Seared shrimp drenched in a creamy, cheesy mushroom sauce that is absolutely irresistible. Made in less than 20 minutes, this shrimp recipe brings the wow factor to the table with very little effort. Serve this comforting shrimp recipe with crusty bread for dipping, or over pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice.

top view of sauteed shrimp in a creamy mushroom sauce in a black skillet

Shrimp is a go-to for super fast meals because they cook so quickly. And we’re all about the easy 30-minute dinners around here. This creamy garlic shrimp skillet is a major crowd pleaser too! It’s super tasty, could not be easier to make, and leaves you with just ONE pot to clean. Yes, one pot! It is a low-carb and high-fat recipe that is perfect for those on a keto-friendly diet.

It’s ultra creamy with layers of irresistible garlic and cheese flavor, and is special enough for serving guests, but is easy enough to whip up on any weeknight after work. You’re definitely going to want to add this one to your regular dinner rotation!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Creamy comfort food at its finest: For some, the star of this creamy garlic shrimp recipe is the shrimp. For others, it’s the sauce. Made with garlic, mushrooms, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese, this thick creamy sauce is incredible.
  • Low carb & packed with protein: If you are looking for a low carb, keto meal, then this shrimp recipe is perfect for you. Shrimp is a healthy protein that’s low in calories and high in nutrients. It’s a good source of iodine, selenium, iron, and B12, which are not commonly found in many other foods.
  • Loaded with so much flavor: Once you try this creamy shrimp skillet, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis. It’s just that good!
  • It’s surprisingly quick and easy: You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this recipe. This one-pan creamy shrimp is ready in under 20 minutes. Simply sear the shrimp, cook the sauce, and voilà! 
Mushrooms and shrimp in a creamy sauce.

Ingredients needed for this low-carb garlic shrimp recipe

Just a handful of simple ingredients are required to make delicious creamy garlic shrimp. Here’s the lineup:

  • Olive oil: For searing the shrimp and cooking the mushrooms.
  • Shrimp: You’ll need 1 pound of shrimp. We typically use medium to large shrimp, but you can use any kind of shrimp or prawns. You also want to use shrimp that is uncooked and has been peeled, deveined, and tails removed.
  • Kosher salt & pepper: To season the shrimp.
  • Button mushrooms: To save a bit of time, you can get these already sliced.
  • Garlic cloves: For the best flavor, be sure to use fresh garlic.
  • Heavy cream: For the richest, thickest sauce, we recommend heavy cream. This works well for those who are on a keto diet and are looking for a low carb, high fat, and high protein meal. You can use half and half or whole milk instead, but you may need to add a thickening agent, such as cornstarch or flour.
  • Parmesan cheese: Do not use the green can of parmesan cheese for this dish. Look for a high-quality grated or shaved parmesan. For best results, we recommend buying a block of it and grating it yourself.
  • Herbs: A garnish of fresh herbs add a pop of color and fresh flavor. We typically use parsley, but other great choices are chives, basil, or thyme.
Shrimp, mushrooms and other ingredients divided into small bowls.

How to make this recipe

This creamy garlic shrimp dish may look like it’s from a fancy restaurant, but it’s really quite easy to make. Here’s the simple method:

Full, printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

  • Sear the shrimp: Preheat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, until pink and opaque. Season to your taste. Set aside on a plate.
Searing shrimp in a skillet.
  • Sauté the aromatics: To the same pan, add the remaining oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute longer.
  • Make the sauce: Stir in the heavy cream, parmesan, and parsley. Reduce the heat to low and
    allow the sauce to simmer for a couple of minutes, to meld the flavors.
  • Toss with shrimp & serve: Return the shrimp into the skillet and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle parsley on top and serve immediately alone or over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.
Shrimp cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce.

Tips for recipe success

  • We prefer to use a larger-sized shrimp for this recipe, such as 26-30 or 31-40 count. Small shrimp will also work, just be careful not to overcook them! Fresh or frozen shrimp will both work fine, just make sure the shrimp are uncooked and thawed.
  • Be sure not to overcook the shrimp or it will become a bit chewy.
  • Don’t wipe the pan after cooking the shrimp. There will be some bits left in the pan after removing the shrimp from the pan. Don’t clean that out! It will add savory flavor to the sauce.
top view creamy shrimp with mushrooms in a black skillet

Frequently asked questions

How do I prep shrimp for searing?

To save time and energy, we recommend buying shrimp that has already been prepped. However, if you must clean it yourself, cut through the shell along the back with kitchen scissors. Remove the shells and tails, and rinse to remove the veins. Pat dry each shrimp completely with a paper towel.

How do I know when shrimp is cooked?

Raw shrimp will be a grayish color. As it cooks, it will turn to an opaque whitish pink color. Shrimp cooks super quick – about 2-3 minutes per side! Be sure to watch it closely.
When fully cooked, shrimp will curl into a loose “C” shape. If they have curled up into a tight “O” shape, then the shrimp is most likely overcooked. (An undercooked shrimp will still have some grayish spots on them and form more of a flexible “U” shape.)

What to serve with garlic shrimp?

This creamy seafood recipe is great on its own, but you can also serve it with a variety of side dishes! We really love it served over something starchy to sop up all of the delicious sauce. Try it over any variety of pasta, rice, healthy mashed potatoes, or with crusty bread. 
To keep the recipe low carb, it’s great served over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower mash. We also enjoy adding green vegetables on the side, such as broccoliasparagusgreen beans, or zucchini.

top view of creamy shrimp in a black skillet

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Storing instructions

  • How to store: Store leftover creamy garlic shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • How to reheat: Reheat on the stove over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until the shrimp are warmed through, or in the microwave. The sauce may have thickened up in the refrigerator, so add a little water to thin it out a bit until you achieve the desired consistency.

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top view of sauteed shrimp in a creamy mushroom sauce in a black skillet

Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Mushroom Sauce is easy, rich, and delicious. Seared shrimp swim in a creamy, cheesy mushroom sauce that is absolutely irresistible. Made in less than 20 minutes, this shrimp recipe brings the wow-factor to the table with very little effort.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb button mushrooms sliced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream or lite coconit milk in cans
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, until pink and opaque. Season to your taste, then set aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute longer.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, parmesan, and parsley. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for a couple of minutes, to meld the flavors. Return the shrimp into the skillet and toss with the sauce.

Notes

  • How to store: Store leftover creamy garlic shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • How to reheat: Reheat on the stove over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until the shrimp are warmed through, or in the microwave. The sauce may have thickened up in the refrigerator, so add a little water to thin it out a bit until you achieve the desired consistency.
  • Note: this is meant to be low carb and keto-friendly recipe. You may switch out the heavy cream with lite coconut milk that you usually find in cans.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 824IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
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