shrimp in tomato sauce over pasta sprinkled with Parmesan
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Shrimp with Tomatoes

An easy 20 minute dinner recipe for Shrimp in Tomato Sauce - perfect for spooning over pasta or rice. Just a handful of ingredients and so much flavor!

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy shrimp recipe, shrimp dinner, shrimp with tomatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Kate
Cost: $12



  • 1 lb shrimp thawed if frozen, peeled and tails removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper about 1/4 teaspoon each, more or less to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs such as oregano, basil, or parsley finely diced (see notes)
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes


  • In a medium bowl, combine the thawed cleaned shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon each), and half the minced garlic. Mix well.
  • Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add the finely diced onion and the rest of the minced garlic. Saute over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, or until the onion starts turning yellow. Don't let it burn. Use a spatula to move the onion to the edge of the skillet.
  • Add the shrimp to the center of the skillet, making sure each shrimp is touching the skillet. Cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp tails start to turn pink. Drizzle in an additional tablespoon of olive oil if the skillet seems dry.
  • Add the can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid) and fresh herbs. Stir. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp is fully cooked and the tomatoes are heated through and released juices to make a nice sauce.
    Garnish with fresh herbs and serve warm over pasta or rice.


I used a combination of fresh basil and oregano to cook the shrimp, and then garnished with sliced scallions. 
Try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for some spice, or topping with feta cheese or freshly grated Parmesan.

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Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 2mg