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tarragon shrimp recipe

Tarragon Shrimp

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: american


Tarragon Shrimp is a creamy, dreamy, deliciously easy appetizer or main dish. Shrimp is bathed in a buttery cream sauce filled with sherry or pinot grigio, depending on your carby preference—then laced with bright tarragon for an unforgettable recipe.


  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, separate into 4 and 4.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Optional: 1/2 cup Sherry or Pinot Grigio
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pat shrimp dry with paper towel and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and saute shrimp until just pink on either side. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to skillet and saute garlic for 30 seconds.
  4. If you are adding sherry or wine, add now to butter and garlic and reduce by half.
  5. Pour in heavy cream and stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken.
  7. Once sauce is thick, add salt, pepper, and tarragon. Swirl around.
  8. Add shrimp back into the skillet and toss until well coated.
  9. Serve immediately.


If you’re serving this as a main dish, double the recipe and serve over pasta!

Keywords: tarragon shrimp