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Tuscan Garlic Shrimp is the most amazing creamy shrimp dish. A creamy garlic parmesan sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes creates an unforgettable restaurant quality meal right at home!

This delish dish comes together in about 30 minutes. Make a full meal and serve it with a Salad, Green Beans and Bread.

Tuscan Garlic Shrimp in a pan ready to eat.

Creamy Garlic Shrimp

If you love shrimp and a creamy garlic parmesan sauce then this recipe is going to become your new favorite! It comes from one of my top recipes,  the original Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken. The sauce is absolute perfection. Every single time I make it I am reminded of how good it is. This is a tried and true recipe that I use again and again!

The best part about this meal is that it is made in under 30 minutes and tastes like it came out of a five-star restaurant. The shrimp cook in just a matter of minutes and the creamy sauce on top is to die for. The addition of sun-dried tomatoes and spinach makes this sauce more unique and is perfect served over a heaping pile of pasta! This dish is absolutely fantastic. The creamy sauce in this recipe is going to blow your family away. You are going to love this meal just as much as we did!

What is Tuscan Style Food?

Tuscan food is based on the idea of poor cooking. This means simple meals that are inexpensive and could easily be made in large amounts. It is not elaborate or complicated and uses high quality ingredients and natural flavors. Lots of garlic and herbs and spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. This Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp is just that.  Simple, fresh, full of flavor and can feed a lot. It is easy to double and feed any more as well. This sauce and type of cooking are so incredible, if you love this you are going to love these others. Creamy Tuscan Italian Sausage, Tuscan Garlic Scallops, Tuscan Pasta Salad, Stuffed Tuscan Garlic Chicken, and Insanely Good Creamy Tuscan Garlic Salmon. This is only the beginning, check my blog for more Tuscan inspired dishes.

What You Will Need For Tuscan Shrimp

You can use frozen or fresh shrimp and have an impeccable results. I like to buy them already peeled and deveined for faster prep.

  • Shrimp: Use large shrimp that are peeled and deveined.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic cloves.
  • Olive Oil: Adds flavor and cooks the shrimp beautifully
  • Heavy Cream: Totally worth the few extra calories. It provides a smooth rich sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: Gives flavor and breaks up the heaviness of the cream.
  • Garlic Powder: Helps provide that extra punch of garlic flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning: The Best combination of seasonings. Make your own here, and keep it handy, it goes with everything.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated for flavor and a bit salty tang.
  • Spinach: Adds color, texture and flavor.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Use jarred sun-dried tomatoes that have been drained.

How To Make Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp

This comes together in 30 minutes and then dinner is ready! Perfect for busy nights and lazy weekends.

  1. Shrimp: In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the shrimp and garlic on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes or until pink. Remove shrimp and set aside on a plate.
  2. Sauce: Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken.
  3. Add: Add the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt.
  4. Combine: Add the shrimp back to the pan and serve over pasta if desired.

Sauteing the shrimp, making the cream sauce and adding the ingredients all together.

Pro Tips for The Best Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp is easy to cook with and this sauce is to die for, so what are you waiting for, make this tonight!

  • Shrimp: I like to use fresh shrimp as much as I can, it brings the best flavor. You can take the tails off before you cook them so that the tuscan shrimp is easier to eat. Remember to cook the shrimp just till it’s pink all over. You do not want to overcook it, it can become rubbery. Another reason I don’t like to use precooked shrimp. It can be easily overcooked. If you do use frozen, let it thaw in the fridge or use the quick thaw method that is printed on the back of the package.
  • Heavy Cream: You really do not want to trade out the heavy cream for half and half in this dish. Half and half has added sugar for one. And it will create a thinner sauce that you will have to add a thickener too. Your creamy tuscan sauce will not be as creamy. Truly the heavy cream is the best way to go.
  • Saute: If you want a richer flavor to your shrimp sauté the shrimp in butter instead of olive oil. Oh my!
  • Spinach: I like to cut or break off the stems from the spinach so I don’t have any of the hard stem parts in my sauce. This is an extra step that you do not have to do. Just a personal preference.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Use the jarred sun dried tomatoes , drain them but do not rinse them.
  • Serve: This incredible on its own but we love it served over a bowl of freshly cooked noodles.

Upclose picture to see the creamy tuscan garlic shrimp and the incredible texture.

Storing Leftover Tuscan Shrimp

This Garlic shrimp dish is best fresh, but leftovers are just as good. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days in a tightly covered container. Warm up slowly on the stove. Microwaving can make the shrimp rubbery if it is overheated. I do not recommend freezing this as the cream sauce will not reheat well.

Tuscan shrimp tossed with noodles in a bowl.

More Delicious Shrimp Pasta Recipes

Shrimp is super easy to cook and cooks up fast, making it a great option when you need dinner quick. It pairs super nicely with all sorts of different spices and flavors making it very versatile. Shrimp has a mild flavor that does not over power or taste fishy. It can be a bit tricky to cook in the fact you do not want to over cook it and make it rubbery. But try these tried and true recipes and you will have success every single time!

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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp

4.94 from 30 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Tuscan Garlic Shrimp is the most amazing creamy shrimp dish. A creamy garlic parmesan sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes creates an unforgettable restaurant quality meal right at home!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 People



  • In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the shrimp and garlic on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes or until pink. Remove shrimp and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken.
  • Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt.
  • Add the shrimp back to the pan and serve over pasta if desired.



Updated on March 28, 2021
Originally Posted on March 18, 2018


Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 43gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 519mgSodium: 1693mgPotassium: 747mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1795IUVitamin C: 17.6mgCalcium: 468mgIron: 5.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for my family tonight, they absolutely LOVED it!! My daughter said “please tell me you know how you made this”. This is already a family favorite. Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite. I’ve added scallops and crawfish. I’ve put it over rice, pasta, spaghetti squash, and zuccini strands. My wife isn’t a sundried tomato fan, so I omit them and put cherry tomato halves in at the end. The only downside is sometimes the cream curdles. Other than that, awesome!

  3. Can you make any of this recipe ahead of time? Can it be made and put in a crock to stay heated before guests arrive or will the shrimp be over cooked? Trying to be more at the party and less in the kitchen !

    1. I totally get that! Shrimp is usually best cooked just before serving, it gets rubbery if it’s overcooked!

      1. Thanks Alyssa, is it possible to make the sauce ahead of time without the shrimp and then reheat and make the shrimp at the time of the party?

  4. 5 stars
    This was really delicious. I doubled the sauce as I used 2 lbs of shrimp and 9 smallish lobster tails (cut into bite-size pieces). Everyone loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this one for friends over spaghetti squash and added some red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch! … it knocked their socks off! The analogous scallop recipe called to soak the scallops in brine for a bit and then pat dry before searing… should that technique be applied to shrimp as well?

  6. 5 stars
    This is one of the very best shrimp recipes I’ve ever made. I made it for friends and it was a “knocked it out of the park” moment. Now, after hearing about it, my family has asked me to make it when they all visit.
    I did not find straight sun dried tomatoes at the store but did find bruschetta topping which has those in it so I used that and was able to put in more. It worked fabulously well.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  7. I tried the creamy Tuscan garlic shrimp, my cheese clumped up… what did I do wrong? It didn’t thicken either but I was blaming that on the cheese not melting. Minus the clumps of cheese, we spooned it over some noodles and the flavor was still good. Would like to try it again if I can figure out how to get it creamy.

    1. Oh no! Did you use freshly grated cheese or was it pre-shredded? Pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it and it’s harder to work with when you cook with it because it doesn’t melt or mix in easily.

  8. I only have sun dried tomatoes in a pouch instead of bottled. Will it work ok? Should I soak them first?

    1. I haven’t tried this before. The only problem is that they don’t have the added moisture necessary when adding them to the sauce. I would try and stick to a jar of them, but if you try this and it works out, let me know!

      1. 5 stars
        If you used the dried pouch, rehydrate in hot tap water for a few minutes before using. Not perfect but should work.

    1. Using frozen spinach would make it a different texture and also make it full of more liquid. I would stick to fresh if you can but if you try it with frozen, let me know how it turns out!

  9. 5 stars
    I really like this.
    I’m always doing alfredo fettucine for my kids and I wanted to do something a little different. I searched up shrimp and spinach recipes and came across this one. Got up and did it same day for dinner.
    The only thing different I did was used cherry tomatoes (no sun dried tomatoes) and added some red pepper flakes.
    Made it with fettucine.
    So yummy. Definitely saving this to make again.
    Thank you.

  10. 5 stars
    Wow! That was delicious! I used cooked shrimp because I’m lazy and just threw them in the last minute to heat through. My family devoured it and they want it as a regular menu item. So easy too! That’s my kind of meal. Thank you!

  11. I had been saving this for ages to try & finally cooked it for dinner tonight. It is so delicious! I used medium sized, easy peal shrimp & while the sauce was simmering after searing the shrimp, I quickly removed the shells. I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow & I will definitely be making this again & again… it’s a new favourite & so fast & easy!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Alyssa… your recipes are wonderful.

  12. Aug. 14/21: This is a winner, winner, shrimp dinner. It is definitely 5⭐️. It is exceptionally easy and exceptionally delicious. Use really large shrimp…. Reviewers said throw in some mushrooms with garlic, shrimp to brown. I did. It’s a necessity! We had frozen an adequate amount of rice from rice cooker, so used that. Don’t think we’ll have with pasta. This was too easy. Mmmmm

  13. 5 stars
    Tonight is my second time making. Tonight we added scallops, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Can’t wait to eat it. Such a versatile recipe. Thank you!