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Rich saffron shrimp sauce with pasta. Smooth and warm, shrimp sauce with subtle hints of honey achieved with a pinch of saffron. A 10-minute, 8-ingredient dish that tastes like a million bucks.

Creamy Saffron Shrimp Sauce

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish



  • 16 ounces shrimp (frozen)
  • 1 box of pasta (spaghetti or tagliatelle)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 8 ounces heavy cream


  1. Take the shrimp out about 30 minutes before making the sauce.
  2. Cook pasta based on box directions.
  3. Parallel to pasta, heat olive oil on medium. When hot, add the shrimp in. Sizzle for 1.5-2 minutes on each side.
  4. Mince garlic and add to the shrimp together with all the seasonings. Stir, and top everything with heavy cream. Bring to low and stir. Simmer for 4-5 minutes then remove off heat. Pour lemon juice in and stir again.
  5. Serve over pasta.


Total cook time will vary depending on pasta. Shrimp sauce is ready in 10 minutes.

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