How to Make Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine Easy Recipe

How to Make Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine Easy Recipe 2021

Fettuccine alfredo is one of life’s greatest comfort foods. It’s creamy, cheesy, carb-y, and super super flavorful. We especially love this version because the shrimp adds lots of extra flavor and some lean protein to boot! Make sure to avoid the common mistakes listed below and you’ll master this dish in no time.

Overcooking the pasta.

Nothing is worse than a bowl of mushy pasta. We’re going for al dente in this recipe—as in, it should still have some bite. This can be especially tricky when you’re adding cooked pasta back to a hot pan because it will continue to cook.

We recommend tasting your pasta for doneness 3 to 4 minutes before the box recommends. There should still be a bit of firmness in the center of your fettuccine. That means, given a little extra cooking time in the skillet you make the sauce in, it’ll come out perfectly. 

Overcooking the Shrimp Alfredo

Never underestimate how fast shrimp can cook. Depending on their size and the heat of your pan they could cook in literally one minute, so keep an eye on them! As soon as they turn from gray and translucent to pink and opaque, they’re good to go! Set them aside on a plate and continue with the sauce. Just don’t ditch anything they’ve left behind in the pan! Those juices will add so much flavor to your final sauce.

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Curdling the sauce.

One of the secrets to making an extra creamy alfredo sauce is the addition of an egg yolk. In order to incorporating that yolk without cooking it, you need to make the sauce in a specific order. After you’ve added your flour, add your cold milk and cream first, so that when you drop your yolk in, it won’t start cooking immediately.

When you do drop your yolk in, whisk it into the sauce immediately and you won’t have any problems. If it still sounds risky to you, you can whisk together your heavy cream, milk, and yolk and pour it into your pan as a homogenous mixture.

Using cheap parm.

This creamy sauce is totally dependent on the cheese. Most of the pre-grated parmesan cheeses sold at the grocery store are mixed with preservatives in order to prevent caking and keep the pre-grated cheese dry. Unfortunately, this can lead to a less than favorable texture, and can make it more difficult for the cheese to melt.

If you can, splurge for a real piece of Parmigiano Reggiano (or another hard cheese like Locatelli or Pecorino Romano). It’ll make your alfredo sauce a bit more smooth and creamy. 

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!



1 lb. fettuccine
3 tbsp. butter, divided
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. whole milk
1 egg yolk
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp. Chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Cook fettuccine according to the instructions on the box, reserving a cup of pasta water to thicken the sauce, if needed.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon butter until melted. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook until pink and completely opaque, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
  3. Into the pan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook until no longer raw, 2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and milk, then whisk in egg yolk.  Bring to a low simmer and whisk in parmesan. When cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened slightly, add cooked pasta and shrimp, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Garnish with more parmesan and parsley.

How do you make shrimp alfredo from scratch?

How to make shrimp Alfredo

  1. Add the butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, chicken broth, and garlic to a skillet over medium heat. Cook it for 5 minutes;
  2. Stir in the parmesan cheese and let it bubble for about a minute;
  3. Add the shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes;
  4. Season to taste and toss with the pasta.

What goes with shrimp alfredo?

What goes with shrimp Alfredo? Personally, because this dish is quite rich already, I like to serve something simple on the side, such as a green salad with this Italian keto salad dressing or some steamed broccoli.

What is Alfredo sauce used for?

Classic Alfredo Sauce is a simple but elegant creamy, white sauce that is commonly known for layover pasta noodles. It is made from butter, a type of cream, and parmesan cheese. Adding seasonings and cream cheese for a thickener I like to blend a rich, creamy sauce together that is simple and irresistible.

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