Lemon Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Lemony Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Psst! Looking for an appetizer recipe? Just omit the angel hair pasta in the steps below and… Voilà! You’ve got yourself an easy and delicious shrimp appetizer.

Ya’ll. I’m officially a grown-up.

Sure, I guess there can be a lot of different definitions for what being “grown-up” really means. Some of the latest warning signs I’ve noticed lately have included:

  1. Getting super giddy about appliance shopping.
  2. Cushioning vacations with an extra day or two of “recovery time”.
  3. Feeling towards Ikea how young children feel about Disneyland.

However, the ultimate “grown-up” goal for myself has always been one thing: Be able to have my parents stay with me in my home.

I can’t even begin to express to y’all how big of a goal this has been for me since moving out of my parent’s house years ago. And last week, I finally did it!

As you may know, Zac and I moved into our first apartment together a couple months ago, and we chose a 2-bedroom floor plan specifically so we could have a combination office / guest suite.

While this combination office & guest room has so far served excellently as an office space, my parents were coming into town (keeping me company while I went through a touch of surgery), and it was time to put it to the guest room test – which I’m happy to report it passed with flying colors!

Personal successes aside, I also wanted to having something super delicious cooked for when they arrived. I mean really, what kind of hostess would I be without some good homecookin’?

That’s where this delicious shrimp and pasta dish came in. It was a hit with the parents.

Back in the day, I used to always cook this dish as an appetizer (just omit the pasta!), but am now in love with this new main dish version! The shrimp are cooked exactly the same either way, but it’s easy to just toss the leftover buttery sauce in with some angel hair pasta to make something truly magical and filling. It’s ridiculously easy.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

All in all, I’d say my first time having my parents stay with me was a great success. Not only do they believe that I can actually cook now, but they also know that there’s a comfortable en suite available for them any time they want to visit.

Who knows? Maybe they’ll even come back for a second plate. :)

Lemony Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

So easy and delicious! This buttery shrimp dish guaranteed to be a new favorite recipe.


  • 1 1/2 lbs shelled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 package of dry Italian dressing mix (usually found with salad dressings at the grocer)
  • 1 lb cooked angel hair pasta


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a deep cookie sheet with foil. Add butter and garlic and put into the oven until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove the cookie sheet with melted butter. Lay all of the lemon slices in the melted butter, covering the cookie sheet.
  4. Lay the raw shrimp on top of the lemon slices.
  5. Sprinkle the package of Italian dressing mix evenly over the shrimp.
  6. Bake shrimp at 350 degrees F for 14-16 minutes, or until shrimp turn a light golden brown.
  7. Remove the lemon slices. Toss the shrimp and lemon-butter sauce with the angel hair pasta.
  8. Top with fresh Parmesan and serve immediately.

Did you make this dish? Do you prefer it over pasta or as an appetizer? Let us know below!