Creamy Chipotle Shrimp

This creamy chipotle shrimp recipe is a mouth-watering dinner you can whip up in just 30 minutes. Jumbo shrimp are coated in a creamy and zesty chipotle sauce, then topped with fresh herbs and peppers for a spicy kick. Shrimp have never tasted so good!

Creamy chipotle shrimp in a saute pan with garnish.

Nothing’s better than cooking up restaurant quality meals right at home. Especially when they’re easy to make yet look like dinner party showstoppers. This one-pan creamy chipotle shrimp recipe is one such meal.

It’s incredibly flavorful with just the right amount of kick to it – all thanks to chipotle peppers. Enjoy this on a bed of rice, zucchini noodles or sauteéd vegetables. Either way, this light and cozy dish is something that can be enjoyed all year round!

Simple Ingredients For A Healthy Dinner

You won’t believe how easy this recipe comes together with just a few ingredients. But one thing that makes this dish is the homemade chipotle sauce. Whip that up in a quick minute, then mix it in with the rest of the ingredients below.

  • Shrimp: Frozen jumbo shrimp are my favorite, but any size will work.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers have a sweeter flavor compared to green bell peppers.
  • Garlic and Green Onion: Aromatic essentials to amp up the overall flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: Always ties everything together!
  • Chipotle Sauce: This homemade version is so easy and incredibly delicious. Much better than store-bought!
  • Milk: Feel free to use any dairy or non-dairy milk here.
  • Garnishings: Top it off with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno peppers for an extra kick.

Ingredients for making the recipe on a white background.

Creamy Chipotle Shrimp: The Best 30 Minute Meal

For this recipe, just sauté the shrimp for a bit – then let the sauce do the talking. Here’s how to make it.

  1. Sauté shrimp:In a pan over medium-heat, drizzle olive oil and sauté the shrimp for about 3-4 minutes. Then set aside in a bowl.
  2. Sauté bell pepper: Add in the bell pepper with extra olive oil and sauté for another 4 minutes.
  3. Add in the aromatics: Add the garlic, green onions, and season with salt and pepper. Give it all a stir.
  4. In comes the chipotle sauce: Mix in the chipotle sauce and milk. Bring it to a simmer, then add the shrimp back in.
  5. Garnish with the rest of the green onions, cilantro, and sliced jalapeno peppers. If you don’t want it too spicy, you can omit the peppers.

Making the creamy chipotle shrimp recipe in a saute pan on the stove.

Tasty Serving Suggestions

These mouth-watering shrimp go with just about anything! You can spoon it over a base or serve it alongside savory sides. Either way, the below options will round out this quick and easy meal.

For a hearty dinner, serve this with:

For a lighter meal, serve this with:

Close up photo of creamy chipotle shrimp in the pan.

Dairy-Free Variations

To make this recipe dairy-free, just swap the sour cream for cashew sour cream and use non-dairy milk. Super easy!

How To Store and Freeze

On a time crunch? This is the perfect freezer meal you can keep on hand.

  • To Store: For storing leftovers, place them in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
  • To Freeze: Pour it into a freezer safe container or bag and store for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • To Thaw: When you’re ready to eat, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then reheat on the stovetop or microwave. It’ll taste as good as new!

Creamy Chipotle Shrimp Recipe Video

Want to see how I make this recipe in my kitchen? Watch the video below!

More Easy Shrimp Recipes For Busy Weeknights

Tossing shrimp in a rich and creamy sauce is just one way to enjoy this seafood. But if you’ve got extra on hand, give these shrimp recipes a try. They’re oh so easy and just as delicious.

Creamy chipotle shrimp in a saute pan sprinkled with cilantro and peppers.

Creamy Chipotle Shrimp

4.96 from 64 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Creamy chipotle shrimp is a one-pan easy shrimp recipe that's bursting with zesty flavor! This might just be the tastiest weeknight meal to enjoy. Watch the video above!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced with green and white parts separated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 recipe chipotle sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Add the shrimp and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through and opaque. Remove them to a bowl.
  • In that same pan, add another tablespoon of olive oil and add the bell pepper and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  • Then add the garlic, white parts of the green onion, salt and pepper. Stir for another 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the chipotle sauce and milk and stir to combine. Then add the shrimp back to the pan to warm through.
  • Garnish with the green parts of the green onion, chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno pepper.

Lisa's Tips

To store: Place it in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
To freeze: Pour it into a freezer safe container or bag and store for up to 3 months.
To thaw: When you're ready to eat,  let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then re-heat it on the stovetop or microwave. It'll taste as good as new!


Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 324mg, Sodium: 1127mg, Potassium: 308mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1803IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 274mg, Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chipotle Shrimp Recipe, Creamy Chipotle Shrimp, Shrimp Recipe
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155 comments on “Creamy Chipotle Shrimp”

  1. This will definitely make it’s way into the rotation! Delicious flavors, and easy to do! I forgot to pick up green onion, so I threw in a little red onion–it was great, but next time I’ll try it with the green. My husband is not big on spicy, but he had no issues, and loved it.5 stars

  2. Made this for my family today and it was a massive hit! Thank you so much for this lovely recipe :)5 stars

  3. Outstanding meal. My wife rated it a 10, and that’s no small feat. Easy to make with only a little preparation. 5 stars

  4. This was absolutely incredible. After reading the comments I saw the substitution of shredded carrots instead of red bell pepper. I shredded about a cup of baby carrots and shredded about 1/4 cup of a small onion. It worked great! You don’t really even notice the carrots because the sauce is so flavorful and ultra creamy. All of the recipes I’ve tried on Downshiftology always turn out delicious and this is going to be a regular for me and the shrimp lovers in my family.5 stars

  5. This became an instant favorite in our house. Thank you so much for sharing. 5 stars

  6. Soo delicious! Love your recipes!!5 stars

  7. I tried this with chicken and it was oh so good!! Thanks Lisa! Can’t wait for your cookbook!5 stars

  8. Delicious  quick and easy but  a bit too spicy ! Any suggestions to make it less spicy ? 5 stars

    • You will need to adjust the chipotle sauce since that’s where most of the heat comes from. But, I will need to do some testing to make sure I can get the measurements correct for each ingredient.

  9. Yummy! love it! :)5 stars

  10. Absolutely Outstanding !! Company worthy.5 stars

  11. Made this tonight for dinner. Fantastic! This was the first recipe that I have made from this site and it was easy to do and a hit with the kids!5 stars

  12. Fabulous receipe. I did make a change by not using the Chipolte Sauce but just finely chopped up a couple of Chipolte peppers and added them where the sauce instruction is noted. It was a hit!!! Ever since finding your site I have had two co-associates also subscribe to you and we have all tried multiple receipes that you have shared. We appreciate your thoughtfullness in coming up with such delicious and healthy receipes, guidance with life self caring, including all the accessories.5 stars

    • Happy to hear both of you are enjoying my recipes Sue! Can’t wait to share tons more exciting new recipes this year :)

  13. This dish is delicious! It has become a regular in our house and it never fails to delight!5 stars

  14. Made this tonight and it was fantastic! Great recipe. It will definitely be added to my delicious dinner list.5 stars

  15. This was very good! We weren’t a huge fan of the bell pepper in this dish, so I’ll probably use asparagus or peas next time. I also used half of the chipotle sauce, and it was enough to coat the pasta properly. I’m definitely adding this to the rotation!4 stars

  16. So good. Don’t cheat by buying a sauce-the chipotle sauce is worth every extra minute. 5 stars

  17. Is there a typo in the nutritional information? I can’t figure out how the sodium could possibly be that high given the ingredients going into the dish.

  18. This looks delicious and I am very excited to try it! My husband has a severe intolerance to bell peppers (but is ok with chipotle peppers) / do you have a suggestion for another kind of vegetable that would work well with this dish in its place?

  19. Would this recipe work with scallops or chicken? I have an allergy to shrimp. Thank you.

  20. Made this tonight for the first time, I added scallops with the shrimp. Great meal. Will absolutely make this again. Put over some chickpea rice and made the perfect dinner.5 stars

    • Love the idea of adding scallops into this meal! Sounds so delicious and glad you enjoyed this :)

  21. An outstanding recipe!!! Many many thanks for a superb dinner and sauce recipe. We loved it!5 stars

  22. Your recipes are great–thanks! I’m curious though, if you’d consider adding a ½ scale option. I’m sure there are others like me that cook for only two. 

  23. This was bussen… no lie I would eat this every day. I made it with the the zucchini noodles.5 stars

  24. This looks amazing. I am looking forward to making this very soon. Whenever I go searching for recipes, I always seem to end up on your blog. Everything I see on your blog looks amazing and usually end up cooking with your recipes, (about maybe 90% of the time). Thanks.

  25. Sooooo good!! Made it just now ! Thanks for a great recipe! 5 stars

  26. This was insanely good!! Perfect weeknight meal.  Thank you!5 stars

  27. Super quick easy recipe for weeknights! I didn’t think there was too much sauce! Thought it was just right! Thank you for the great recipe!5 stars

  28. I would recommend at least halving the amount of sauce and milk called for, if not more. I ended up with far too much sauce in both the pan and storage container.

    Your channel is great, Lisa!3 stars

  29. This was really good and an easy staple sauce to have on hand. Can be used with anything. I didn’t have shrimp but had squid instead. Wonderful! Your barbacoa is in the slow cooker for tonight. Can’t wait!5 stars

  30. Great recipe – super tasty, quick and easy!5 stars