Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice

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Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice is a favorite quick and easy meals.  It’s ready in less than 30 minutes and is a perfect comfort food any night of the week.

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This Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice looks like something you would get in a fine restaurant. It is truly beautiful and the taste lives up to the hype. However, it could not be easier. It takes about twenty minutes.

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What We Love About This Shrimp in a Cream Sauce Recipe

What makes this recipe great? This creamy shrimp recipe has it all. It is elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough to make for any weeknight dinner.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Have this luscious dish on the table in less than 30 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All family friendly and easy to prepare.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Easy to pack in lunches for the next day.
A fork of Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice with a dish of Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice in background.

Ingredient Notes

  • Shrimp: Peeled and deveined. To save time you can purchase them this way.
  • Condensed Cream of Shrimp Soup: This can be found at the supermarket or online. Cream of Chicken can be substituted if you can not find the shrimp.
  • House Seasoning Blend: This seasoning just elevates any dish. You can make it and have it on hand for any dish you are creating.
  • Rice: You can make it in advance or purchase cooked rice from your local Chinese restaurant.
Shrimp, soup mic, onions, celery and ingredients to  make Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Creamy Garlic Sauce for Prawns

These are the basic steps for making creamy garlic sauce for prawns. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

A cast iron skillet with vegetables, then the soup being added to the dish.

STEP 1: In Large Skillet

First, heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then add celery, green pepper and shallots; Saute until tender, about 5-6 minutes.

STEP 2: Shrimp

Next, add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season shrimp with House Seasoning Blend, toss in pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and cooked through.

STEP 3: Simmer

Finally, add soup, water and red pepper and bring to a boil. Lastly, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Final sauce completed and the shrimp added.

Prep and Storage Tips


Really this dish is easy to make when you need it. In fact, with a little prep it only takes minutes. Therefore, you can prep your vegetables ahead of time and pre cook your rice and you will be good to go.


Store any shrimp in cream sauce in a n airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


If you are meal prepping or have leftovers you can store in an airtight container for up to three months.


Gently reheat this creamy garlic prawn dish on the stove top until heated through.

Frequently Asked Questions


Medium to large shrimp are best for this recipe. Shrimp are sold by count per pound. Therefore, a 35 to 40 count will be ideal.


Of course, any color pepper will work. Try orange or red peppers. Certainly you can use other vegetables as well. Try spring peas or mushrooms.


No, infact, they are entirely different creatures, however, they taste similar and can be exchanged for this recipe.


truly, they are low in calories and high in protein. Find out more nutritional facts here.

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Expert Tips for Making This Shrimp in Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Different Rice: Brown or wild rice can be used for this recipe or try risotto or even pasta. For a low carb option try cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.
  • Short cut tip: Get pre cut vegetables in your grocery stores produce section or pre cooked shrimp.
  • Variation tip: Try a garnish of a little parmesan cheese, a tsp of red pepper flakes or top with parsley for flavor.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try crab meat or clams in this creamy garlic sauce for seafood.
  • Wine: Try a splash of white wine in the sauce such as a chardonnay or add a splash of lemon juice, heavy cream or chicken broth.

What to Serve with Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice

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Creamy Garlic Shrimp and sauce over a bed of rice garnished with sliced green onions.
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Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice is an easy comfort food that only takes 25 minutes to make. This garlicky seafood meal combines sauteed vegetables and plump shrimp, served over a bed of warm white rice.
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  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Celery , finely diced
  • ¼ cup Green bell pepper , finely diced
  • ¼ cup Shallots , finely diced
  • 1 pound Shrimp , clean and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
  • 10.75 ounces Cream of Shrimp soup, 1 can
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground red pepper
  • 6 cups Rice, cooked


  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add celery, green pepper and shallots; saute until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Season shrimp with House Seasoning Blend, add to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and cooked through.
  • Add soup, water and red pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve over hot rice.

Expert Tips

  • Seasoning: Add some more flavor to this shrimp and rice recipe with Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, and a dash of lemon juice. You can also try Italian seasoning as well.
  • Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta: Instead of rice, try risotto or even pasta. For a low carb option, try cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. It’s a good idea to salt the pasta water, so you don’t have to use shrimp with salt.
  • Fresh Parmesan: Try grated parmesan cheese on top of the shrimp. For other garnishes, try a teaspoon of red pepper flakes or parsley. Just add the parmesan cheese, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Alternate ingredients: Substitute crab meat, garlic scallops, or clams instead of shrimp. You can even make a garlic chicken pasta salad with a few ingredient adjustments to this recipe.
  • Wine: Try a splash of white wine in the sauce, such as a chardonnay, or add some cream to thicken the sauce a bit. Just add the heavy cream or chicken broth to make the creamy garlic sauce thicken.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 6mg
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American

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13 thoughts on “Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    I was running out of shrimp recipes…but I had shrimp and cream of shrimp and all the required ingredients for THIS…Damn this was so good thx

  2. I’m pretty sure they don’t sell cream of shrimp soup where I live. What about lobster bisque?

  3. 5 stars
    I am sitting here eating a bowl of this creamy garlic shrimp and as hard as I am to please I’m not giving it 5 stars. I need to give it 10!! THANK YOU TO THE MOON!!!

  4. I subbed the bell pepper for a poblano pepper, and added some thin asparagus . Fan favorite for sure. Came out really good.

  5. 5 stars
    Used onion instead of shallots, and did not include the Bell or red peppers.

    Amazing dish. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. I did not have Cream of Shrimp soup so just used Cream of Chicken, I also used Vegetable Broth rather than water. That was the only change. Will definitely make again.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m a huge shrimp fan and couldn’t wait to make this Creamy Shrimp dish. It was simple and fast and I ate way more than I should have. DELISH!


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