Only Using 5-Ingredients, You Can Have a Restaurant-Worthy Meal!

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Craving decadence in just 15 minutes? Look no further than this creamy garlic shrimp! With just 5 ingredients (shrimp, garlic, heavy cream, Parmesan, and parsley) and one pan, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy meal that impresses. Frozen shrimp? No problem! Thaw them overnight, pat them dry, and let the magic happen.

Shrimp newbie? Relax, they’re easy! Watch for these signs of perfectly cooked shrimp:

  • Color change: From gray and translucent to pink and opaque like magic.
  • The wiggle is gone: Raw shrimp are bendy, but cooked ones curl into a cute C-shape. Overcooked ones turn into O’s, so keep an eye out!

Serve your creamy masterpiece over pasta, fluffy rice, or with crusty bread for dipping. You’ll be saying “Mamma Mia!” in no time.


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1/4 cup)
  • 1 pound medium deveined raw shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled or unpeeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Mince 3 garlic cloves. Coarsely chop 1 tablespoon parsley leaves. Finely grate 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup).
  2. Pat 1 pound cleaned shrimp dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until pink and curled, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp onto a plate.
  3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 cup heavy cream and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the Parmesan and stir until melted and the sauce is completely smooth. Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices on the plate into the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley.
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About the Author: Jenny Kristy

Spice Seeker, Recipe Weaver, Nomad Chef |With a passport bursting with stamps and a pantry overflowing with global spices, Jenny Kristy isn't just a cook, she's a culinary nomad. Her travels fuel her passion, transforming exotic flavors into recipes that tantalize and transport. She weaves magic in her kitchen, sharing her adventures through meals that whisper of Marrakesh markets and Tuscan trattorias. From teaching sushi to whipping up Moroccan masterpieces, Jenny ignites wanderlust and connects cultures, one delicious bite at a time.

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