Spicy Shrimp Parmesan Recipe

Is it just us, or does shrimp just hit the spot sometimes? This fun dish is filled with a variety of flavors, and it appeals to several different audiences. If you like a little bit of spice, this recipe may be right up your alley. Red pepper flakes and shrimp go hand and hand, and just a 1/2 teaspoon will go a long way. The shrimp is also topped with Parmesan cheese, providing just the right amount to taste without being too overwhelming. 

Chef Christina Musgrave of Tasting With Tina says she likes "serving this with pasta or roasted vegetables." Another plus? It's like a jack-of-all-trades. "This dish is great for an appetizer or added to a meal," the chef says. "It's really versatile and can be served many different ways." Keep scrolling for this quick and easy recipe, which will only cost you about 5 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cook time. Does it get much easier than that?

Gather the ingredients

For this recipe, you'll want to go to the store and grab 1 pound of peeled jumbo shrimp. You'll also need to grab some grated Parmesan cheese and a lemon for fresh lemon juice. Most of the other ingredients may already be in your spice cabinet including salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. You'll also need 2 garlic cloves, minced, and some olive oil.

Once you've gathered everything together, you're ready to start this dish!

Heat the pan

Grab your favorite pan to begin this project. "A standard-sized pan is perfect," Musgrave says. "As long as it's not too small, any pan will work." Turn up the heat to medium and place the pan on the stove. You'll want to add olive oil to the pan. According to Musgrave, "it's recommended the olive oil should be heated before adding shrimp." Once you hear that beautiful sizzling sound, you're ready to move another step forward. 

Wait for the shrimp to cook

When the skillet is hot enough, you can add the dish's star — your shrimp. Once the shrimp is on the hot pan, add the red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic on top. Then, add a squeeze of lemon to complete this step. If you would rather throw the shrimp on an actual grill instead of using a pan, Musgrave says that this a great alternative, especially in the warmer months.

This part is the next longest part of the process, aside from the prep. But don't worry, as we mentioned, this step is super easy and will take almost no time. Let the shrimp cook for about 5 minutes or until they are pink. Once they turn to that beautiful color, you know that the cooking process is complete. Give yourself a little pat because you're almost ready to enjoy this incredible dish. 

The main event

Remove the shrimp from the pan after they are finished cooking and plate the shrimp however you choose. Musgrave recommends serving it on a platter. Once you plate the shrimp, top each one with the Parmesan. You can also place lemon wedges around the platter for an extra bump of citrus. As mentioned before, this delicious dish can be served by itself or with pasta or roasted veggies. Like Musgrave said, the possibilities truly are endless! 

Spicy Shrimp Parmesan Recipe
5 from 34 ratings
This spicy shrimp parmesan recipe couldn't be any easier -- perfect for a weeknight meal or as a side with some pasta or veggies! Everyone will love this dish.
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Spicy Shrimp Parmesan on plate
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled jumbo shrimp, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp to the pan.
  3. Add the red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice to the shrimp.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp is pink and fully cooked.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the pan and place on a serving dish or platter. Top with the Parmesan and serve with lemon wedges.
Calories per Serving 218
Total Fat 12.7 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 155.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 0.3 g
Sodium 898.2 mg
Protein 22.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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