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Easy single serving Shrimp Fettuccine that cooks in just 20 minutes! Shrimp cooked in garlic then tossed with buttery fettuccine.

It’s hard to believe how quick and easy it is to make a wonderful shrimp fettuccine. Pasta is one of my favorite things to quickly whip up when I’m tired and don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. It’s not only delicious, but it also cooks quickly and without much effort.

The same thing can be said for shrimp, especially when it’s already peeled and deveined. Shrimp cooks in minutes and when you pair shrimp and pasta together, along with some butter and garlic, you’ve got a delightfully indulgent meal that comes together in just 20 minutes! You can find more 20 minute meal ideas here.

Why This Recipe Works

  • So flavorful!: Chopped garlic is sautéed in melted butter and a touch of olive oil. We add a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes for gentle heat, but they can be left out if preferred. Simple ingredients that yield so much flavor!
  • Ready in minutes: Shrimp Fettuccine is the perfect meal and can be on your table in just 20 minutes!
  • Easy to customize: This dish can be easily customized. Use pasta you have on hand instead of fettuccine and consider adding in your favorite vegetables like steamed broccoli or roasted carrots.
  • Easy to double: If you’d like to serve two or make a little extra for yourself, just double the ingredients.

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Ingredients

ingredients in shrimp fettuccine on a wooden cutting board.

To make “shrimp fettuccine for one”, you will need:

  • Fettuccine: Use 2-ounces of dry fettuccine which is approximately the diameter of a quarter. You can use classic fettuccine, gluten-free fettuccine, or whole wheat fettuccine.
  • Butter: I use salted butter in my shrimp fettuccine. You can use unsalted butter and add additional salt if necessary.
  • Garlic and crushed red pepper flakes: These ingredients are sautéed in butter and shrimp. Feel free to leave out the pepper flakes, if you prefer.
  • Shrimp: Use 6-8 medium or large shrimp.
  • Salt: For flavor.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this shrimp fettuccine recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains a more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It’s my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use lighter olive oil instead.
  • Parmesan cheese: For best results, I recommend using freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It melts so much better than powdered or pre-shredded cheese.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.
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How To Make Shrimp Fettuccine

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Fill a medium-sized pot with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the fettuccine to the boiling water and cook until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer the pasta to a bowl. Toss with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil so the fettuccine noodles don’t stick together and set it aside.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add minced garlic and crushed chili flakes (red pepper flakes) and cook, stirring occasionally for 30 seconds.

Pro Tip: I love the spicy flavor that red pepper flakes bring to the dish. If you don’t want your shrimp fettuccine to be spicy, leave the red pepper flakes out.

garlic cooking in butter in a skillet.
  1. Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt over the shrimp. Cook for 1-2 minutes on one side and with a fork, flip the shrimp over and cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink and opaque. Remove the skillet from heat.
7 shrimp cooking in a skillet.
  1. Add the cooked fettuccine to the skillet and top with ½ tablespoon of olive oil.  Toss to combine.  Transfer to a plate or a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese.
a bowl of shrimp and pasta next to a tan napkin.

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Expert Tips

  • This meal cooks quickly so have all of your ingredients handy.
  • I find that keeping bags of frozen shrimp in my freezer is a really great idea. Having these items on hand makes it easy to make a wonderful meal at the end of a long day. Simply use what you need and know with confidence that by keeping these items in your freezer, you can enjoy a delicious meal at any time.
  • If using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw completely before sautéing them. This can be done by allowing them to thaw in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or, for a quick thaw, place the shrimp in a colander and run cold water over them for about 10 minutes. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel before cooking them.
  • You may use other kinds of pasta such as penne, spaghetti, or rotini instead.
  • Feel free to substitute butter with additional olive oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo?

Making Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is so easy! Use our small batch Alfredo Sauce recipe, and stir in the cooked pasta and shrimp. It’s the best shrimp alfredo recipe!

How Do You Measure Pasta?

This recipe calls for using 2 ounces of uncooked linguine (or other favorite pasta). To determine what 2 ounces look like, you can either:
* Use a kitchen scale to measure. A scale is the most accurate way to tell.
* Eyeball it: Two ounces of uncooked long noodles measure a little over 2-inches (circumference).
2 ounces of uncooked fettuccine = 1 cup cooked fettuccine

How Do You Peel and Devein Shrimp?

*Pull off the legs.
* Using your fingers, crack open the underside of the shell and peel it off.
* Pinch the tail where it meets the body of the shrimp and pull off.
* Gently run a paring knife along the back of the shrimp.
* Look for the vein. It will look like a long, dark, gritty string. Using the tip of your knife, pull it out.

How Much Shrimp Do I Need?

This shrimp fettuccine recipe calls for using 4-ounces of peeled and deveined shrimp. This amount is approximately the same as:
Jumbo: 5-6 shrimp
Large: 8-9 shrimp
Medium: 10-11 shrimp
Small: 12-15 shrimp

Serving Suggestions

You might like to serve shrimp fettuccine with any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Other Single Serving Shrimp Recipes

shrimp and fettuccine on a fork over a big bowl of pasta.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Shrimp Fettuccine For One

4.95 from 18 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Easy single serving Shrimp Fettuccine that cooks in just 20 minutes! Shrimp cooked in garlic, then tossed with buttery fettuccine.

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 ounces dry fettuccine (about 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (use less if you don't want the shrimp to be too spicy)
  • 6-8 medium shrimp , peeled and deveined (4-ounces)
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil , divided
  • shredded Parmesan cheese , for topping

Instructions 

  • Fill a medium-sized pot with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the fettuccine to the boiling water and cook until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer the pasta to a bowl. Toss with ½ tablespoon of olive oil so the fettuccine noodles don't stick together and set it aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally for 30 seconds.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt over the shrimp. Cook for 1-2 minutes on one side and with a fork, flip the shrimp over and cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink and opaque. Remove the skillet from heat.
  • Add the cooked fettuccine to the skillet and top with ½ tablespoon of olive oil.  Toss to combine.  Transfer to a plate or a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This meal cooks quickly so have all of your ingredients handy.
  • I find that keeping bags of frozen shrimp in my freezer is a really great idea. Having these items on hand makes it easy to make a wonderful meal at the end of a long day. Simply use what you need and know with confidence that by keeping these items in your freezer, you can enjoy a delicious meal at any time.
  • If using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw completely before sautéing them. This can be done by allowing them to thaw in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or, for a quick thaw, place the shrimp in a colander and run cold water over them for about 10 minutes. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel before cooking them.
  • You may use other kinds of pasta such as penne, spaghetti, or rotini instead.
  • Feel free to substitute butter with additional olive oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 495kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 470mg, Potassium: 4mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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24 Comments

    1. Absolutely! Another type of hard white cheese would be perfect or use shredded mozzarella or another favorite cheese.

  1. Made as per recipe with 10 king prawns and thoroughly enjoyed with a side salad. Thanks for a great dinner.

    1. The carbs and calories would be lower, Glenie. You would have to plug that information into an online nutrition calculator to get the most accurate numbers.

  2. One of my favorite recipes. So easy and delicious. I love being able to make restaurant quality food at home.