This shrimp gnocchi is a real treat. It's made with pillowy soft gnocchi, tender shrimp, and a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. It's a surprisingly quick and easy recipe that's always a winner!

If you love creamy shrimp pasta recipes, also try our shrimp tortellini in lemon cream sauce. You'll love it!

Shrimp and gnocchi in pan with a wooden spoon.

Shrimp gnocchi is a dreamy dinner recipe. Tender, garlic butter shrimp and delicate gnocchi pillows are wrapped up in the most delicious lemony cream sauce. Then we throw in a some spinach for a veggie boost and pretty color.

And even though the cream sauce is deliciously rich, you won't find any heavy cream in this recipe. Instead, we use cream cheese (light, if you want!) which melts into a magically creamy sauce.

How to make shrimp and gnocchi

Even though this tastes like a fancy meal, shrimp gnocchi is a super easy to make recipe.

  1. Cook the gnocchi. We like to use refrigerated gnocchi that you pan-fry to cook. But shelf-stable gnocchi that you boil to cook works well, too.
  2. Saute the shrimp in some garlic butter.
  3. Now make the sauce with some chicken stock, delicious cream cheese, and lemon juice.
  4. Then mix the shrimp and gnocchi into the sauce with a few handfuls of spinach and dinner is ready!

Full recipe instructions in the recipe card below.

A close up of creamy shrimp gnocchi in a pan with a wooden spoon.

How long does this recipe last?

This recipe will keep safely for 1-2 days in your fridge. Make sure to reheat it gently so you don't overcook the shrimp!

What to serve with shrimp gnocchi

This recipe is easily a meal in itself. But if you'd like, a simple salad makes a great addition. We like arugula tossed in our lifesaving lemony salad dressing.

You can also roast some veggies to go along with the meal.

And sometimes we like to make shrimp gnocchi to serve as a side dish. Here are a few mains that go along well:

Also try our chicken gnocchi soup!

Shrimp Gnocchi with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce in a white bowl.
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Shrimp Gnocchi with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce in a white bowl.

Shrimp Gnocchi with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This shrimp gnocchi is a real treat. It's made with pillowy soft gnocchi, tender shrimp, and a delicious lemon garlic butter cream sauce. It's a surprisingly quick and easy recipe that's always a winner! 


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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ lb. gnocchi (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 lb. peeled shrimp
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (can be light)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 ounces baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. (See notes)
  2. While the gnocchi cooks, make the shrimp. Heat half of the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Remove the shrimp from the pan. 
  3. Melt the remaining butter then whisk in the flour. Add the chicken stock and whisk until the sauce simmers and thickens. Add the cream cheese and parmesan and stir until they have melted into the sauce; this will take a few minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and juice.
  4. Add the cooked gnocchi, shrimp, and spinach to the pan and stir everything together. 

Notes

We like to use refrigerated gnocchi (the type that you pan-fry to cook) in this recipe. Shelf-stable gnocchi (the type that you boil to cook) will also work well. 

Homemade gnocchi is very soft. If you use it in this recipe, plate it after it's cooked, and then pour the sauce and shrimp over the top. 

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Shrimp Gnocchi with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce in a white bowl and the recipe title on top of the picture.