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This delicious Shrimp Scampi recipe features shrimp cooked in garlic, butter and a hint of lemon served over pasta. Ready in under 15 minutes!
Perfect for a busy weeknight supper or entertaining dinner guests, this restaurant favorite dish is quick, elegant and easy to make at home.
Shrimp Scampi makes a quick, easy and scrumptious meal that is ready in less than 15 minutes! One of the main features of this favorite dish is its garlicky, buttery, slightly lemony flavor. And the versatility of it as it tastes great served over your favorite pasta noodles, served with a crusty bread or even zucchini noodles if you wish to use instead of pasta.
It is perfect for super easy entertaining, too. In just a few minutes you’ve got a shrimp recipe to serve as an appetizer or main course. I think this recipe is better than any I’ve gotten at a restaurant!
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Shrimp scampi is a favorite meal served at Italian restaurants everywhere. But with this simple recipe that contains only a few ingredients, it’s a snap to make at home any time you crave it.
Dinner guests will love this crowd-favorite dish when you serve it. The rich buttery, garlicky flavored shrimp with a kiss of lemon always satisfies.
And on a busy weeknight when I want a quick, yet delicious supper without a whole lot of fuss, I know this is a recipe that I can turn to time and again.
What a quick and versatile recipe – so great to keep in my cooking arsenal!
What is Shrimp Scampi?
Scampi, or langoustines, are pink crustaceans similar to shrimp but have a taste similar to lobster. Reportedly, Italian American chefs changed the recipe long ago to use shrimp instead of scampi, as scampi are not readily available in America. Shrimp is more plentiful, so it is commonly used in this dish.
However, even though scampi are not commonly used in the recipe here, the word “scampi” is still used in the name of the recipe, Shrimp Scampi.
In addition to shrimp, the dish also commonly contains butter and olive oil, fresh garlic, a bit of lemon juice and either white wine or chicken stock. I make this Shrimp Scampi without wine – I use chicken stock or broth. There are a few more ingredients, but those are characteristic for a buttery, garlicky shrimp scampi with a hint of lemon.
Now that you know what it is, let me tell you how easy it is to make it.
How to Make Shrimp Scampi
There are a few ingredients that make this dish a favorite.
- shrimp – I prefer wild caught shrimp over farm raised. Frozen is fine. I suggest buying with tail on and removing tail, peeling and deveining yourself. Shrimp will be fresher – and probably a lot less expensive than if you buy it with all that already done. Just thaw the frozen shrimp in a bowl of cool water for around 10 minutes.
- butter – I usually use salted butter, but unsalted works fine too. The buttery sauce is iconic for this dish.
- olive oil – this adds to the sauce and keeps the butter from browning too much.
- garlic – fresh garlic is best in this recipe. Peel the garlic and mince it yourself for the most flavor.
- red onion – adds a special bit of flavor to the dish, as well as a bit of color. Some people use shallots, but I prefer the bit of red onion.
- chicken stock or broth – I use this instead of wine to make a flavorful sauce. You can use your favorite store bought chicken stock or broth if you wish. I like making homemade stock, canning and using for cooking.
- lemon juice – fresh lemon juice will give the most flavor, but you can certainly use good quality refrigerated lemon juice if you want.
- salt – I prefer to use Kosher salt, but use salt to your tastes.
- fresh parsley – finely chopped
- pasta, zucchini or crusty bread – I use linguini pasta in the recipe. If you prefer zucchini noodles, use the amount of zucchini to make the equivalent amount of pasta as the recipe. A thick crusty bread to soak up some of the buttery garlicky sauce is also a delicious option!
Step by Step Instructions
First, make sure you’ve prepped all of your ingredients and have them nearby the stove. The shrimp cooks quickly so for the best results, prep the ingredients prior to cooking.
- Preheat. Begin by placing a large skillet over medium heat. I then add the butter to melt along with the olive oil. Once the butter has melted, I add my garlic and red onion and saute until tender.
- Cook. Next, add in shrimp and cook until the shrimp turns pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the shrimp and pour in the chicken stock and lemon juice. Now, increase the heat to medium-high heat until the stock comes to a boil.
- Add ingredients. Remove it from heat and gently stir in cooked pasta, shrimp, salt and fresh parsley. Lightly toss shrimp to make sure it is well coated.
- Serve. Plate the shrimp scampi, serve and enjoy.
Other Delicious Shrimp Recipes
Here’s my favorite shrimp scampi recipe. I think you should make it soon!
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
For the Pasta
- 1 pound linguine
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Shrimp Scampi
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup chicken stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
For the Pasta
- Set a large pot of water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates and then cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta and toss with olive oil.
For the Shrimp Scampi
- Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter to melt along with the olive oil. Saute the garlic and red onion. Add in shrimp and cook until the shrimp turns pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the shrimp and pour in chicken stock and lemon juice. Increase heat to medium-high heat until the stock comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked pasta, shrimp, salt and fresh parsley. Lightly toss shrimp to make sure it is well coated.
- Serve immediately.