Recipe Review

This 10-Minute Creamy Garlic Shrimp Is a Dinner Winner

published Aug 29, 2018
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If you told me that I could have a creamy, fragrant shrimp dinner on the table in under 10 minutes, I would tell you that you seemed to be under the influence of some kind of powerful medication and should probably sit down. (Alternately, I’d assume that you’d seen my freezer and were offering to defrost and microwave something for me.)

But no, apparently this is a thing that can happen — at least if you follow a recipe from Karina’s Cafe Delites food blog. The self-described “balanced foodie” swears that you’ll barely be through the first four songs on Drake’s Scorpion before this dish is ready to serve. There’s no real secret to it other than the fact that it requires just one pan. The shrimp and minced garlic always cook fast in a hot skillet, and the dry white wine, reduced-fat cream (or half-and-half), and Parmesan don’t take long to simmer, either.

Karina doesn’t account for prep time, but if you pick up some frozen shrimp and pre-minced garlic at Trader Joe’s and grate the Parmesan while you wait for the pan to heat up, then there’s really nothing else to do, except mouth all of the words to Nonstop while you stir it occasionally. (And no, you don’t have to go to Trader Joe’s, but I just assume that everyone finishes their dinner with a mouthful of Joe-Joe’s.)

As for sides, she recommends rice or pasta if you’re into carbs, zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice if you’re not. And although this sauce is thicker than that delectable broth that accompanies moules mariniere, any kind of crustacean-and-butter combination still pretty much requires you to wipe the plate with a thick slice of crusty bread. (Yes, I know that mussels are mollusks, not crustaceans, BUT THEY’RE ALL GOOD WITH BREAD.)

So yeah, dinner can be on the table in ten minutes, no defrosting or heavy-duty pharmaceuticals required.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Garlic Shrimp with Parmesan from Cafe Delites

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