Spaghetti With Shrimp, Capers & Garlic

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Recipe: #18764

May 02, 2015

Categories: Shrimp, Spaghetti,

"By Stacky5, she was my zaar friend and I miss her alot"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (324.6 g)
  • Calories 675
  • Total Fat - 20.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 214.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1443 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 89.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.4 g
  • Protein - 40.2 g
  • Calcium - 149 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until barely tender.

Step 2

While the pasta cooks, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add the capers and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the shrimps turn pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the lemon juice, parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Drain the spaghetti and return to the warmed pot. Add the shrimp and its sauce and toss, adding the remaining 3 tablespoons oil or more if you wish.

Step 5

Transfer to a large, warmed serving bowl.

Step 6

Garish with freshly grated parmegiano reggiano cheese. Serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to use extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
  • Look for medium-sized shrimp for the best texture and flavor.

  • Substitute shrimp with salmon - Salmon is a great source of healthy fats and is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and provide a range of health benefits. This substitution would bring more heart-healthy benefits to the dish.
  • Substitute capers with olives - Olives are a good source of dietary fiber and provide a range of vitamins and minerals. They are also a great source of healthy fats, which can help to improve heart health. This substitution would add a more intense flavor to the dish.

Spaghetti with Mushrooms & Garlic Replace the shrimp with 1 pound of fresh mushrooms, sliced. Add the mushrooms to the skillet with the garlic and capers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Omit the lemon juice and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garlic Bread: Garlic bread is a perfect accompaniment to this flavorful spaghetti dish. The buttery garlic flavor is a great contrast to the lemon and caper flavors in the pasta. Plus, it's an easy side dish that can be made quickly and easily.

Crusty French Baguette: A crusty French baguette is the perfect accompaniment to this flavorful spaghetti dish. The crunchy texture of the baguette provides a great contrast to the creamy sauce on the pasta. Plus, it's an easy side dish that can be made quickly and easily.


Q: How much garlic is needed for this recipe?

A: This recipe calls for 3 garlic cloves, minced.

Q: What type of cheese is used in this recipe?

A: This recipe calls for grated Parmesan cheese.

4 Reviews


We love pasta and shrimp so this was an instant winner for us! I left out the added salt as the capers made it salty enough for us. It was a great weeknight dinner that will see repeats many times.


review by:
(14 Jun 2021)

Nancy Nibbles

Nothing better then a simple recipe like this that tastes like it took hours to make, when in fact we were eating in less than half an hour! We added just a little heat with red pepper flakes and then a handful of Parm cheese.


review by:
(20 Mar 2021)


This is sooooo good. It packs a lot of flavor with few ingredients. I love that lemon and caper combination! I added a little extra oil when tossing it all together. We all loved it. Thank you!


review by:
(13 Feb 2021)


I scaled back for 1 serve and the only change I made was instead of draining the pasta I used tongs and transferred from the pot to the pan with the prawn/shrimp mix and also a little of the pasta water which helped to thicken up the sauce and I was a meal that was devoured and enjoyed and best of all done in under 30 minutes - the pasta took 11 minutes to cook and while that was cooking I did the prawns and then it was about 15 minutes in the prep which included peeling and deveining the prawns. Thank you dienia b made for Pick Me tag game under the 48 hour rule.


review by:
(15 Jun 2017)

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Fun facts:

The capers used in this recipe are a common ingredient in Italian cuisine. It is said that the Roman emperor Nero was so fond of them that he used to have them planted in his gardens.

Garlic, another essential ingredient of this recipe, is said to have been used by the ancient Egyptians to treat a variety of ailments, including headaches, heart disease, and even the plague.