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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi

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Dinner just doesn’t get any faster, simpler or tastier than this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe!  Super quick, super tasty, and your dinner guests will think you’re a gourmet rockstar!  It’s quick enough for a casual weeknight family dinner and elegant enough to serve at a dinner party.

For more quick and easy shrimp pasta deliciousness be sure to check out my Shrimp Pesto Pasta!

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Scandalously delicious and deceptively simple.  That’s Shrimp Scampi!

A long-time favorite of my husband’s, when we were dating I whipped this up for him and he said it was better than his favorite restaurant version.  It’s a great dish to make for entertaining; it’s super quick, the flavor is impressive, and your guests will think you’re a total gourmet.

How to Make Shrimp Scampi

The ingredients are simple and for that reason it’s important to use quality ingredients.  Use good shrimp, good wine (not “cooking wine”), good butter and freshly squeezed lemon juice (avoid the bottled stuff).  And for that sprinkling of Parmesan to go on top, get a small chunk of the really good stuff from the speciality cheese section.  You only need a tiny chunk so it will be inexpensive, but the quality of the freshly grated Parmesan will make a big difference in the outcome of the dish.

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What to Serve with Shrimp Scampi

The shrimp scampi is the showstopper so avoid competition by keeping the sides simple, both in flavor and appearance.  Shrimp scampi with pasta has both your protein and your carbs so there is no need for any additional high-carb sides unless you’d like to include some bread.   Here are just a few ideas for sides:

  • Crusty bread
  • Garlic bread
  • Leafy green salad
  • Caprese salad
  • Roasted or steamed veggies

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This shrimp scampi recipe is so quick to make, it’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal.  At the same time, it’s elegant and classy in its simplicity and presentation and is equally fit for a fancy dinner party with guests.

Enjoy this simple and simply delicious classic dish!

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shrimp scampi recipe lemon garlic white wine pasta linguine best easy fast quick

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Super quick and impressively flavorful, this shrimp scampi will "wow" your dinner guests!
4.96 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Pasta, Seafood
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 529 kcal


  • 16 ounces linguine , cooked al dente in lightly salted water
  • 1 1/2 pounds large 16-20 count shrimp , shelled and deveined (optional: leave the tail on for a fancier look))
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes , add more if you like it hot!
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
  • extra chopped parsley for garnishing


  • Heat a medium-sized pan on medium-high heat. Once heated, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted and is no longer foamy, increase the heat to high and add the shrimp. Cook for one minute then turn shrimp over, add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook for another minute. Be careful not to overcook or the shrimp will be tough. Set shrimp aside on a warm plate.
    Next add the white wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add black pepper and salt to taste. Leave the heat on high and let the wine sauce boil for 2-3 minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium. Add the shrimp and parsley and stir to coat with the sauce.
    Serve immediately over pasta sprinkled with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a little extra chopped parsley. Enjoy!


Calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 33gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 522mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 564IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Shrimp Scampi
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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet January 20, 2013

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Recipe Rating

4.96 from 21 votes (8 ratings without comment)


  1. This was so quick and so delicious and everyone thought that I had labored long in the kitchen to produce it! :) Excellent recipe, thank you for making me look like a gourmet cook! :)

  2. Impressive recipe!
    Your attention to quality ingredients and simple yet elegant presentation of the shrimp scampi is truly inspiring.
    Can’t wait to try this delicious dish!

  3. I’ve tried this recipe several times and it is easy and so yummy – we never have leftovers! Thank you!

  4. My cousin serves a delicious scampi where she has previously butterflied and fried the shrimp in saltine cracker crumbs…. I have to say, it is out of this world! (She won’t share the recipe :'( ) Can this recipe be adapted to have fried shrimp?