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Easy Shrimp Scampi in a bowl with parm and bread served alongside.
Easy Shrimp Scampi
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Buttery, garlicky and quick, this easy shrimp scampi is just what you're looking for in a weeknight family dinner.

Course: Main Dish, Main Dish/Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: shrimp scampi
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 396 kcal
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 lb spaghetti or linguine, cooked al dente according to package directions (reserve 1/2 cup pasta water)
  1. Melt 2 Tbsp butter with olive oil in a large saute pan set over low heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 mins.

  2. Increase the heat to medium and add the red pepper flakes and the shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper cook until just pink. Remove the shrimp to a plate and keep warm.
  3. Add the white wine, lemon juice, and pasta water to the pan and bring to a boil. Swirl in the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter and then add the parsley.

  4. Add the shrimp and pasta to the pan and toss well.
  5. Serve with grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • Saute the garlic just until fragrant and watch your heat so it doesn't burn.
  • Saute the shrimp just until it turns pink so it stays tender and juicy.
  • Don't throw out that pasta water! The starch in the water will give body to this light butter wine sauce.
  • While I normally eschew seafood and cheese, I love a good sprinkle of parmesan over the finished dish.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Shrimp Scampi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 401mg134%
Sodium 1570mg68%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 11.3mg14%
Calcium 237mg24%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.