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How to Season Shrimp for Alfredo (12 Ways)

I’m a shrimp lover.

I love how versatile they are—you can make them sweet, you can make them spicy, you can eat them by themselves or with rice or pasta or whatever.

But there’s a catch when it comes to cooking shrimp: if you don’t season it right, it’ll be bland and flavorless and not worth eating.

How to Season Shrimp for Alfredo

But if you season it right?

Man oh man, the possibilities are endless.

So, how do you season shrimp for Alfredo?

To season shrimp for Alfredo, you’ll need to start with some high-quality shrimp. Fresh, uncooked, and deveined are the way to go.

Next, mix together equal parts butter and flour in a large pot on medium heat. Once the butter has melted and the mixture begins bubbling, add in some milk and let it simmer until thickened.

While that’s happening, season your shrimp with salt and pepper—then toss it in the pan with your Alfredo sauce over medium-high heat.

Once the sauce is hot enough to coat the shrimp without burning it or boiling over, you can remove them from the heat and serve!

Today we’re gonna be talking about 12 of my favorite ways to season shrimp for Alfredo.

You see, Alfredo sauce is basically just butter and cheese (and sometimes cream), so if you have buttery, cheesy sauce with no seasoning—which is what happens if you don’t season your shrimp—then it’s going to taste pretty boring.

But if you follow these tips for seasoning your shrimp for Alfredo sauce? Then your dish will taste extra special!

How to Season Shrimp for Alfredo

Seasoning shrimp is tricky. It’s easy to over- or under-season, and if you do either, your Alfredo sauce will be ruined and your dish won’t have the flavor it deserves.

So if you’re looking for some tips on how to season shrimp for an Alfredo recipe, I’ve got you covered.

1. Basil


Basil is another great way to season shrimp for Alfredo, especially if you’re using whole leaves instead of ground basil or flakes.

Basil leaves have an herbaceous flavor that pairs beautifully with the creaminess of Alfredo sauce, and they’ll add color and texture as well!

2. Parsley


Parsley is one of my favorite herbs when it comes to cooking with seafood.

Its bright green color and refreshing flavor give your dish an extra pop without overpowering the main ingredient (in this case, shrimp).

If you’re worried about how much parsley to use in your recipe, just start small—you can always add more if needed!

3. Salt


Salt is the easiest way to season your shrimp for Alfredo.

It’s also the most important—you want to make sure that your shrimp are well-seasoned, but not oversalted!

To make sure this isn’t a problem, I recommend using kosher salt instead of table salt. Kosher salt has a larger grain size than table salt, so while you might not use as much of it at a time (which could save money), it also dissolves more quickly in water because of its larger crystals.

This helps ensure that all of your seasoning gets absorbed by the shrimp.

4. Pepper

Black pepper

You can also add some pepper to your seasoning mix to give it some extra kick!

Just be sure not to go overboard—if you add too much pepper, it will actually burn off during cooking and leave your food tasting bitter rather than spicy (and we definitely don’t want that).

5. Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder

Another way to season your shrimp is with garlic powder.

Garlic powder is easy to find at any grocery store and it adds a lot of flavor if you’re willing to add enough—so don’t be afraid to go heavy on this one!

Just make sure you don’t overdo it; remember that you can always add more later if needed.

6. Paprika Powder


Paprika powder makes an excellent addition to any dish that has tomato-based ingredients in it because it tends to have a more distinct flavor than other spices do when added directly into tomato sauce or other similar types of sauces (such as Alfredo).

It’s also great if you’re trying to make something look redder than normal!

7. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice

Lemon juice adds a nice brightness and acidity that’s perfect for cutting through the richness of Alfredo sauce.

It also helps cut through any fishy or “off” flavors that might be present in your shrimp.

This makes it great for pairing with seafood in general, but especially with shrimp.

8. Grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder

Another way you can season your shrimp for Alfredo is with grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder—the same two ingredients that you would use if you were making pasta sauce from scratch!

The garlic powder will add an extra kick of flavor to your dish, while the Parmesan cheese will help bind together any sauce that remains on your shrimp once they’re cooked through (which can happen if there’s too much liquid left after cooking).

9. Chopped cilantro, lime zest and lime juice

Chopped cilantro

The addition of cilantro and lime juice may seem like an odd choice at first glance, but they actually offer some great flavor boosts!

Cilantro adds a freshness that’s hard to beat, while lime juice adds just enough acidity to balance out the richness of the cheese sauce in this recipe.

Also keep in mind that if you’re planning on serving these shrimp over pasta or rice rather than with breadsticks as an appetizer—or even on their own—then these ingredients won’t be necessary!

10. Minced jalapeños (lots), lime zest and lime juice

This is one of my favorite ways to season shrimp for Alfredo. Jalapeño peppers are spicy, but they also add a lot of flavor—and the lime juice helps cut the heat.

To make this recipe, start by mincing half a jalapeño pepper, then add it to your shrimp while they’re cooking in the pan.

After they’ve cooked through, add some lime zest (just enough to cover all of the shrimp) as well as some lime juice (enough to coat each piece).

11. Chopped chives, onion powder and garlic powder

chopped chives

If you’re looking for other ways to season your shrimp for Alfredo, try chopping some chives, onion powder and garlic powder together with the salt and tossing them with the shrimp before cooking them in butter or oil over medium heat until they turn pink.

12. Cheese


Cheese is another great way to season shrimp before cooking them in an alfredo sauce!

Try adding a little parmesan cheese or romano cheese during the last few minutes of cooking time if you’d like to add more flavor and texture to your dish without adding too much saltiness or fat content from cream or buttery sauces like marsala or béchamel sauces.

4 Tips Tips for Seasoning Shrimp for Alfredo

Seasoning shrimp for Alfredo is a great way to add a little extra flavor to your shrimp dishes.

Here are 4 tips on how to season your shrimp:

  1. Season your shrimp well, but not TOO well.
  2. You can always add more seasoning later, but you can’t take it away!
  3. Make sure to season both sides of each shrimp, or else you’ll end up with one side that’s too salty and one that’s underseasoned.
  4. If you’re using a high-quality salt like Himalayan pink salt, you may want to use less than usual—it’s very flavorful!
Shrimp Alfredo

How to Season Shrimp for Alfredo (12 Ways)

Seasoning your shrimp for Alfredo is an important step in the recipe. It helps to bring out the flavor of the shrimp, and it also helps to give it a little bit of a crust. This will help prevent it from becoming too watery when you cook it.
If you don't season your shrimp, then the Alfredo sauce will have a very bland taste, which makes for an unappealing dish.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 35 kcal


  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika Powder
  • Lemon Juice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder
  • Chopped cilantro, lime zest and lime juice
  • Minced jalapeños (lots), lime zest and lime juice
  • Chopped chives, onion powder and garlic powder
  • Cheese


  • Pick any of these methods for seasoning your shrimp.
  • Prepare the rest of your delicious meal.
  • Be ready to munch in no time!
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