Spicy Garlic and Lime Shrimp PastaItalian cuisine is famous for its simplicity in ingredients but complexity and elegant in flavors. Since the Italian cooks reply mainly on the quality of the ingredients, therefore, diners always have best experience when they come to Italian dishes. And we cannot forget pasta which is one of signature dishes of Italian cuisine when talking about Italian food.

Since the Italian foods often emphasize on the quality of the ingredients, you can see many Italian recipes using seafood as main ingredients. Seafood is required extra skill of cooking, certain level of freshness and quality, so it is the best demonstration for amazing cooking skills of Italian. Today recipe is one of those demonstrations: Spicy Garlic and Lime Shrimp Pasta.

Ingredients (prep will take about 10 minutes)

For Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons of Butter (stick butter is recommended)
  • 4 tablespoons of All Purposed Flour
  • 3 cups of Milk

For Shrimp:

  • 2 tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 clove of Garlic (pressed)
  • 1 pound of Medium Shrimp (peeled, de-tailed and deveined)
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/8 tablespoon of Salt
  • ¼ tablespoon of Black Pepper
  • ¼ tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tablespoon of Dried Parsley Flakes
  • ¼ tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tablespoon of Paprika
  • 1/8 tablespoon of Ground Thyme
  • 1/8 tablespoon of Onion Powder

Cooking (cooking will take about 30 minutes)

Step 1 – making the roux: Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan, then add 4 tablespoons of all purposed flour in and stir until they are evenly combined. You should sieve your flour before adding in the pan to prevent any undesired objects or clots.

Step 2 – making the sauce: When the roux is ready, add 3 cups of milk into the roux, and stir constantly until there are bubbles on the mixture’s surface. When the sauce is bubbled, cook and stir for 1 more minutes and remove the sauce from the heat.

Cooking the shrimps

Step 3 – cooking the shrimp: Blend 1/8 tablespoon of salt, ground thyme, onion powder, ¼ tablespoon of black pepper, cayenne pepper, dried parsley flakes, garlic powder and paprika in a bowl. Set the bowl aside.

Preheat a frying pan over medium heat. Put 2 tablespoons of butter into a pan and let it melt. When the butter is completely melted, add 1clove of pressed garlic and give it a few stir. Put 1 pound of peeled, deveined and de-tailed shrimp into the pan. After that, squeeze the lime juice over the shrimps and add the blended seasoning we had set aside before over. Toss all the ingredients and cook until the shrimps turn into C-shape with pink and opaque color. It will take about 5 to 8 minutes. Give a little taste to adjust seasoning and take the shrimps off the stove. Pay attention so you don’t overcook your shrimps which will make them tough and chewy.

Step 4 – making pasta: There are many types of pasta, therefore, choose your favorite one. You can purchase the product at supermarket to save time or you can make fresh pasta at home (the recipe is below). Boil water in a pot and add some salt. When the water is brought to a full rolling boil, put the pasta in. Keep stirring for about 2 or 3 minutes and test if the pasta is cooked. Then drain and rinse them under cold water and you are good to go.

Step 5 – serving the dish: Mix the shrimps into the sauce. Pour the mixture over pasta and the dish is ready to be served

Making homemade pasta (optional)

Homemade pasta


  • 2 cups of General Purposed White Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Water


Step 1 – making the dough: Put all the ingredients into food processor. Mix them under low mode until all the ingredients are combined. Let the food processor do it job until the dough start to form a ball and slip away from the containers. You can also add a little less or more water depending on the size of eggs and the moistness of the dough. Don’t let the dough too dry or wet since it will be hard to roll the dough later. When the dough reaches your desired texture, take it out of the food processor, wrap the ball with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for about an hour.

Step 2 – rolling the dough: Add a little flour onto rolling surface, roll the dough until it reaches your desired thickness, cut them in the shape you want and the pasta is ready to cook. It will be more convenient if you have pasta machine. Just simply roll your dough with the pasta machine and it is all done.

This spicy garlic and lime shrimp pasta is a beautiful recipe. The cooking may take some time because there are many things to do and prepare, but the outcome is worth it. You may want to ask for some help because the sauce requires constantly care and stir and you have to manage to bring the sauce, shrimp and pasta out nearly at the same time. So if you cannot multitask, ask for a little help!

The recipe will enough for 3-4 portions. The dish is served hot so all the flavors are still remained and the pasta is not swollen when sitting for too long. You can experience the sourness and freshness from lime, the beautiful texture of shrimps and the creamy flavor in just one bite. Dinners or family gatherings are perfect occasions for such a beautiful delicious dish. You can adjust the spice for your children. We are sure that you will totally satisfy with this recipe!