Quick Creamy Garlic Sauce (5-Minute Easy Recipe)

This 5-minute Creamy Garlic Sauce is an easy go-to sauce you can serve with pasta, chicken, shrimp, and so much more. The flavors are rich and savory, and will keep you coming back for more!

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This Creamy Garlic Sauce stands alone as the best sauce for pasta, chicken, and more. It’s divinely rich and irresistibly savory thanks to a simple mix of half and half, garlic, butter, and chicken stock. All you need is a skillet and 5 minutes to put it together!

Unlike a classic Alfredo sauce, this creamy pasta sauce is not made with parmesan cheese. This leaves it with a baseline of rich, savory, and garlicky flavors to help it pair well with practically anything. It’s fantastic tossed with fettuccine noodles and sliced chicken, or you can stir in the herbs or cheeses of your choice to take the flavors up a notch.

Ingredients for garlic cream sauce labeled on counter.

Ingredients needed

  • Butter – Use unsalted butter so the sauce is not overly salty.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves are non-negotiable! 
  • Flour – All purpose flour or gluten free flour will help thicken the sauce.
  • Half and half – Because it wouldn’t be garlic sauce without the cream. You can use heavy cream for a richer flavor and consistency.
  • Chicken stock – This gives the sauce a baseline of savory flavors to compliment the fresh garlic. You can use vegetable stock or water instead.
  • Fresh parsley – For a balancing freshness.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper – To round all of the flavors together.

How to make it

Start by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until it’s fragrant.

Next, add the flour and let it cook until golden. Slowly whisk in the half and half and chicken stock, then let the sauce simmer until it thickens.

Finish the sauce by stirring in the parsley, salt, and pepper. Adjust the flavor to your taste, then serve!

Ways to use it

One of my favorite ways to use this sauce is to toss it with fettuccine or linguine noodles for a rich and creamy Alfredo-like pasta dish. Sliced chicken breasts, shrimp, or crumbled bacon on top really takes this hearty meal over the top!

You aren’t limited to only using the sauce on pasta, though. It comes with endless other uses, such as:

Pasta tossed with creamy garlic sauce in skillet.

Recipe variations

  • Gluten free – Substitute a 1:1 gluten free flour for the all purpose flour. 
  • Make it cheesy – Stir in ½ to ¾ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano at the end.
  • Instead of half and half – Make the sauce with heavy cream for a richer consistency or whole milk for a lighter consistency.
  • Dairy free – A dairy free garlic cream sauce will not be quite as rich as the original, but it will still taste great! Use a fatty non-dairy milk in place of half and half, like cashew cream, full fat coconut milk, or soy milk.
  • Vegan – Use any of the non-dairy milks mentioned above and substitute vegetable stock or water for the chicken stock.
  • Add more herbs – Stir fresh basil leaves, a sprig of time, a teaspoon or two of an Italian seasoning blend, or a scoop of homemade pesto sauce to give the sauce an herbaceous finish.
  • Brighten it up – As you saute the garlic, deglaze the skillet with a splash of dry white wine, like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc, to add a hint of brightness.
Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.

How to make ahead & store

You can use the sauce right away or keep it in your fridge for later. Store it in an airtight container or jar for up to 3 or 4 days. It can also be frozen in freezer-safe containers or ziplock bags.

Reheat the sauce in a skillet over medium-low heat before serving. The consistency will be a bit thicker, but you can thin it out with a splash of chicken stock or half and half.

Close up of garlic sauce tossed with pasta.

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Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.

Creamy Garlic Sauce

This 5-minute Creamy Garlic Sauce recipe is an easy go-to sauce you can serve with pasta, chicken, shrimp, and so much more. The flavors are rich and savory, and will keep you coming back for more!
5 from 24 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic (grated or finely minced (1 Tablespoon))
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • ½ cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock or water)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (minced)
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper (to taste)


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour and cook until lightly golden, 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in the half and half and chicken stock. Simmer, until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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Large Skillet


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 0.5mg

5 thoughts on “Quick Creamy Garlic Sauce (5-Minute Easy Recipe)”

  1. I just finished making this and tasted it, I added pasta and shrimp to the sauce, and will be having some for lunch tomorrow.

  2. 5 stars
    Adapted the recipe for the microwave, made it in a Pyrex measuring cup real quick to have with chicken and rice. Used whipping/heavy cream instead of half-and-half and added a little shredded aged cheddar and it turned out amazing.

  3. Wonderful, creamy sauce with a delicious flavour. And so easy to make. I’ll use this with a lot of different proteins in pasta dishes for sure.

  4. 5 stars
    Used this delicious sauce with sausage chicken and sweet peppers. Family raved about it, even the kids loved it!


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