Quick and easy Shrimp Scampi is on the table in 30 minutes! So buttery and delicious, the whole family will love it. Great with pasta, rice, or bread.

Shrimp scampi on a white platter.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients

Shrimp scampi ingredients in various bowls.

Ingredient notes

  • Lemon: Zest the lemon before you cut it in half for juice.
  • White wine: Choose a dry variety such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc. Substitute chicken broth or shrimp stock if you want to omit the wine.
  • Shrimp: For the best flavor, buy individually quick frozen raw shrimp in the shell (pre-cooked shrimp will turn rubbery). Thaw frozen shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or in a bowl in the sink with a trickle of cold water running over them. To clean the shrimp, use a knife to make a shallow slice right through the shell on the shrimp’s back, from its head to its tail. Then pick out the black or green vein that runs along the back and discard it. 

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add half the butter (2 tbsp) and olive oil and heat until butter is melted. Stir in the garlic and lemon zest until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Garlic browning in a black skillet.
  1. Stir in the wine, red pepper flakes if using, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper). Bring to boil. 
Oil, garlic and seasonings in a black skillet.
  1. Add the shrimp, cover, and cook until the shrimp are slightly translucent, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
Cooked shrimp in a black skillet.
  1. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.
Shrimp scampi in a black skillet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 4 servings from 2 pounds of shrimp. It will feed 6 or 8 as an appetizer.
  • Storage: This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made.
  • Make ahead: The shrimp can be thawed and cleaned up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Shrimp stock: Consider making homemade shrimp stock from the shells (you can always freeze the shells and tackle that another day).
  • Suitable side dishes: Serve scampi with white rice, mashed potatoes, or buttered noodles and roasted asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower on the side. Crusty bread is great too!
Shrimp scampi on a white platter.

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Shrimp scampi on a white platter.

Shrimp Scampi

Quick and easy Shrimp Scampi is on the table in 30 minutes! So buttery and delicious, the whole family will love it. Great with pasta, rice, or bread.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 409

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons butter divided (½ stick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (see note 2)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled, tails on (see note 3)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil and heat until butter is melted. Stir in the garlic and lemon zest until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the wine, red pepper flakes if using, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper). Bring to boil. Add the shrimp, cover, and cook until the shrimp are slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.

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Notes

  1. Lemon: Zest the lemon before you cut it in half for juice.
  2. White wine: Choose a dry variety such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc. Substitute chicken broth or shrimp stock if you want to omit the wine.
  3. Shrimp: For the best flavor, buy individually quick frozen raw shrimp in the shell (pre-cooked shrimp will turn rubbery). Thaw frozen shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or in a bowl in the sink with a trickle of cold water running over them. To clean the shrimp, use a knife to make a shallow slice right through the shell on the shrimp’s back, from its head to its tail. Then pick out the black or green vein that runs along the back and discard it. 
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 4 servings from 2 pounds of shrimp. It will feed 6 or 8 as an appetizer.
  5. Storage: This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made.
  6. Make ahead: The shrimp can be thawed and cleaned up to 24 hours in advance.
  7. Shrimp stock: Consider making homemade shrimp stock from the shells (you can always freeze the shells and tackle that another day).
  8. Suitable side dishes: Serve scampi with white rice, mashed potatoes, or buttered noodles and roasted asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower on the side. Crusty bread is great too!

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 47gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 602mgSodium: 1867mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 556IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 343mgIron: 5mg
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  1. Nice recipe. I roast the shrimp and add it once the sauce and pasta are cooked and combined. That way there’s not treat of overcooking the shrimp.5 stars