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Shrimp Linguine Recipe with Lemon Garlic Breadcrumbs

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You are going to love this shrimp linguine recipe! It’s perfect for a special dinner at home, but fast enough to make for a delicious weeknight dinner as well. This shrimp and linguine starts with a base of chewy linguine, is topped with buttery garlic shrimp, and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs for big time flavor and texture in each bite. Serve this fresh shrimp pasta with a simple kale salad and a glass of chilled white wine (or NA wine!).

If you like this easy shrimp linguine recipe, be sure to give my lemon pepper shrimp, bucatini cacio e pepe, lobster risotto, or scallop linguine (made with the same breadcrumb topping!) the next time you need something a little special.

Pasta bowl with shrimp linguine and a fork twirling pasta.

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

What You’ll Love About Shrimp Linguine

  • Simple flavors
  • Upscale textures
  • Easy to make
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Just 15 minutes prep
  • Just 15 minutes cook time

Ingredients

  • Linguine noodles – Use high-quality pasta for best results. I typically buy white flour pasta, but you can use whole wheat if you prefer, or your favorite gluten-free alternative.
  • Shrimp – Use raw shrimp for the best flavor. You don’t need jumbo shrimp, but buy the biggest you can. Large shrimp is perfect and usually pretty reasonable. Look for peeled and tails off for the easiest eating experience.
  • Olive oil – Use high-quality olive for best flavor.
  • Butter – Use high-quality olive for best flavor.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves. I’m all about shortcuts, but you need fresh garlic cloves for this pasta with shrimp.
  • Panko – Panko has a different shape than traditional breadcrumbs which allow them to get nice and crispy. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store with the other breadcrumbs. Use gluten-free panko if you need it.
  • Pine nuts – These add great crunch and flavor. If you don’t want to use them, you can omit or swap in cashews or pecans.
  • Parmesan cheese – Use high-quality Parmesan for best flavors. I recommend grating Parmesan with a microplane zester for fluffy and fresh Parm shreds.
  • Lemon – We’re using both lemon juice and zest, so you’ll need a fresh lemon.
  • GarnishesFlaky sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, red pepper flakes, drizzle of olive oil, fresh Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley.
Ingredients to make shrimp linguine recipe.

How to Make Shrimp Linguine

This is an overview on how to make linguine with shrimp, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Make crunchy breadcrumbs. Pulse together garlic and pine nuts in a small food processor or chopper. Add panko and pulse until just combined.
Garlic breadcrumbs in food processor.
Toast bread crumb topping. Heat butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat and toast bread crumb mixture for 2-4 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside and when cook, stir in a little lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.
Lemon garlic breadcrumbs toasting in a skillet.
Cook pasta. Cook linguine in large pot according to package directions, until al dente. RESERVE 1 cup of pasta water before you drain linguine.
Cook shrimp. Melt butter and olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan and cook shrimp and garlic, just until cooked through and shrimp turn pink. Add drained pasta to the cooked shrimp and toss everything together. Drizzle in some of the reserved cooking water and keep tossing everything together.
Shrimp cooking in skillet.
Serve garlic shrimp pasta. Divide cooked pasta and shrimp into bowls or plates and top with a drizzle of olive oil, crunchy breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, flaky sea salt, fresh black pepper, and red pepper flakes and parsley if using.
Shrimp and linguine in a skillet.
Shrimp pasta in a skillet.

FAQs

What do you serve with shrimp linguine?

All shrimp pasta recipes like this one need is a simple veggie side. A bright salad with lemon – like this kale salad or arugula salad – or a simple veggie like haricot verts or asparagus.

What wine goes well with shrimp linguine?

Serve with a crisp white wine like a sparkling white or champagne, an un-oaked chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio. And if you don’t drink wine, try Surely, it’s my favorite NA wine.

Is this shrimp scampi?

While it’s similar to shrimp scampi in that it features a garlic butter shrimp over pasta, we’re also adding some extra components like the crunchy breadcrumbs that are not traditional in shrimp scampi?

Storage Instructions

Store leftover shrimp and linguine in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

For best results, reheat linguine pasta and shrimp in a hot skillet, just until heated through so you don’t overcook the shrimp.

Bowl of shrimp linguine with parsley garnish.

What to Serve with Shrimp Pasta

Serve up this shrimp and linguine recipe with an easy veggie side:

How to Feed Shrimp and Linguine to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the pasta in a pinch bowl (taster bowl) if it’s a new or learning-to-like it food or you can leave out some of the pasta plain. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter if they don’t do pasta.

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Bowl of shrimp pasta with glass of white wine.

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Pasta bowl with shrimp linguine and a fork twirling pasta.

Shrimp Linguine Recipe

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Description

This shrimp linguine recipe tastes like a restaurant meal, but is easy to make at home. Tender shrimp pasta + a crunchy breadcrumb topping. 


Ingredients

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Breadcrumb mixture:

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (high quality)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest

Shrimp Pasta:

  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • garnishes – drizzle of olive oil, flaky sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small food processor, pulse together garlic and pine nuts until chopped into small pieces. Add panko bread crumbs and pulse until combined. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and toast breadcrumb mixture for 2-4 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside and when cool, stir in lemon zest and parmesan cheese.
  2. Cook linguine according to package instructions, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, pat shrimp dry with paper towel. Heat olive oil and butter stainless steel skillet and when hot, add shrimp in a single layer and minced garlic. Season with sea salt and cook for 2 minutes, flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes, until cooked through.
  4. Add cooked linguine to shrimp skillet and toss together, adding 1/2 cup pasta water to start. If mixture seems dry, add some more.
  5. Divide pasta among plates or bowls and top with a drizzle of good olive oil, breadcrumb mixture, flaky sea salt, freshly cracked pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley.


Notes

  • If this dish sits out for a bit before serving, you might want to drizzle with some of the reserved pasta water to help loosen it up. The noodles should have a sheen to them and should not be dry.
  • This dish is meant to be really light and let the flavors of the shrimp, butter, and garlic shine. The sauce is a light butter sauce made up of the garlic, butter, olive oil, and pasta water. If you’re looking for a super saucy pasta, this probably isn’t the right recipe for you! 

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