Food You Can Eat: Shrimp in Cream Sauce

Blander than anticipated.

This recipe was intended to be the once-a-week “health and calories be damned” splurge, and was…okay, but see the notes below for improvements.


  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot cooked rice, noodles, or pasta


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan, make the roux – melt the butter and flour until smooth.
  • Stir in the broth and garlic.
  • Bring to a boil and stir frequently until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cream, parsley, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Butterfly the shrimp and arrange in a greased 9”x13” baking pan. Pour the sauce over the shrimp. Bake for 20 minutes, and serve over rice, noodles, whatever.


  • The roux/liquid/spice mixture was oddly bland. I’d add cracked red pepper, double the garlic, maybe even some chili and cumin – it needed more spice.
  • I served it over a mild jasmine rice…were I to make it again, I might prefer orzo, wheat pasta, or a black whole-grain rice; anything to add more texture.
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  1. What if you marinated the shrimp first in something spicy? Also, did you end up with a lot of cream sauce? Maybe you could use less of the heavy whipping cream, which is like kryptonite when you try to get heat out of a meal, it absorbs and neutralizes even the most resilient of spices, hot peppers, etc.

    On the other hand, if you did exactly this, didn’t add the smoked paprika, and served over Uncle Ben’s or Minute Rice, you could serve this the next time you did a Salute to the Fifties dinner. What, you don’t do this?

    • I read that as “Salute to the Frites” and was like OMG YES POTATOES YESSS wait where are the potatoes in that comment????

  2. Looks good in the picture, though.

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