Delish Shrimps In Creamy Garlic Tomato Sauce

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garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

Shrimps with garlic tomato sauce is a simple, fast, and really tasty recipe for the main course. The simple ingredients like prawns, garlic, and tomatoes give an exquisite flavor and color to the dish. This sour-sweet course will make you lick your fingers, literally! 

If you like shrimps, then this recipe is a treasure! By cooking the seafood in this mouthwatering tomato garlic sauce,  the taste of the prawns remains delicate and even more inviting. You can taste the sauce with toasted bread, or choose to recover it for the pasta, so you will have the first and second course in one go! Excellent both hot and at room temperature.

garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

Ingredients for garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

Just like I have previously said, you need simple ingredients yet, a lot of passion because this recipe is all about love. Here is the list of the ingredients need for you to have total success in the kitchen. Don’t get scared of the quantity, it is calculated for an entire family of 4-6 people. If you need less, just divide the quantity. However, my advice to you is to prepare big portions because you’ll just never get enough. Thank me later. Here is what you need: 

ingredients for garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

  • 2 lb of frozen shrimps (thawed). Deveined raw shrimps. Never buy precooked shrimps.
  • 2 cans peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sugar. Yep, this will balance the sour taste of the tomatoes.
  • 1 tsp chili flakes if desired. I definitely recommend it
  • Granulated garlic 1 tablespoon
  • Dried thyme 1 tsp
  • Smoked paprika 1.5 tsp
  • 1 tuft of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste 

How to thaw shrimps?

Thawing shrimps instructions are simple and are usually displayed on the package. However, if you’re on this page, keep reading for instructions 🙂 

Place the frozen shrimps into a strainer and rinse in room temperature or cold water. Do not use hot water. Shrimps are very sensitive, you risk to have them damaged with hot water. Rinse the shrimps for about 5-7 minutes, always gently rotating to ensure they thaw evenly. When ready, drain the excess water and let them in a strain for a few minutes to make sure there is no excess water left. 

garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

How to clean shrimps?

Honestly speaking, this is the ugliest part of the process. I do not like peeling the shrimps, however, it is a necessary step, so let’s start with the hard part. To ease your task from the start, buy deveined shrimps, there are usually already cleaned from the intestines so there’s no need for you to do the “dirty” work. However, if your shrimps need to be cleaned, this is how you do it.

Remove the carapace and the tail, then, with the help of a toothpick remove the black fillet of the intestine located on the back. Now rinse the shrimp under cold water and dab with a paper towel to absorb excess water. Repeat until all the shrimps are clean and ready to be cooked.

how to make the tomato sauce

How to prepare the garlic tomato sauce with shrimps?

Drizzle some olive oil in a big skillet. Until it gets hot, finely slice the garlic cloves. Now add the garlic to the skillet and let it become translucent. That will take about 2 minutes of medium-low heat. Now add the canned peeled tomatoes as they are, whole. Don’t worry, they will crush upon cooking, releasing a pleasant color and delicious aroma. Mix well then add the tomato sauce and stir again. Now it’s time to add the spices, and by that, I mean granulated garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and chili flakes. Let everything simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. At about halfway, taste the sauce, if it is a bit too sour, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and mix. 

how to prepare tomato sauce

Do not add the shrimps until the sauce is completely cooked. Why? Because the shrimps are cooked in no time. Consequently, if you overcook shrimps, you get blunt, gummy meat that is no good. Therefore, to get the juicy, soft, and fine shrimps, add them to the tomato sauce only at the end. Let them simmer in the red-blooded sauce for about 4-5 minutes on low heat. Turn off the stove and cover with a lid. It is enough for the meat to absorb the flavors and have them encapsulated to open up only when served. 

To crown this scrumptious and rich plate, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top. That’s pure magic!

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garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

How to serve the garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

Serve this tomato garlic sauce with shrimps in a deep plate, similar to pasta plates. Grab a loaf of fresh fluffy bread and dip it in the sauce. It is simply finger-licking! You may add a spoon of sour cream to the plate if you feel to. Also, accompany the creamy saucy shrimps with a chilled glass of white dry wine to take the dinner to another level. No matter what your choices are, make sure to enjoy it!

garlic tomato sauce with shrimps


  • You can use the shrimp sauce to season spaghetti or any type of pasta
  • The leftover may be kept in the fridge for the second day.
garlic tomato sauce with shrimps

Delish shrimps in creamy garlic tomato sauce

Shrimps with garlic tomato sauce is a simple, fast, and really tasty recipe for the main course. The simple ingredients like prawns, garlic, and tomatoes give an exquisite flavor and color to the dish. This sour-sweet course will make you lick your fingers, literally! 
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine World
Servings 6 people
Calories 242 kcal


  • skillet


  • 2 lb shrimps frozen
  • 2 cans tomatoes peeled
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 handful parsley chopped


  • Clean and peel the shrimps
  • Heat a skillet and saute the sliced garlic in olive oil
  • Add the canned peeled tomatoes and the tomato sauce
  • Mix and add the spices
  • Let simmer for 30 minutes
  • Add the shrimps, let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Turn off stove and garnish with fresh parsley
  • Serve with pleasure!


Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 32gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 381mgSodium: 1978mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 594IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 229mgIron: 4mg
Keyword garlic shrimps, Shrimp recipe, Shrimps, tomato shrimps
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