Shrimp Scampi Recipe

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This classic Shrimp Scampi recipe is a tasty seafood dish that’s super easy to make. White wine, butter, and fresh garlic give it oodles of flavor!

Shrimp scampi in a skillet, with a big spoon placed inside to spoon out shrimp.


Shrimp Scampi is a fantastic dish featuring succulent shrimp in a light but rich sauce made of garlic, wine, parsley, butter, and lemon juice. It’s perfect served over pasta or rice, creating a satisfying fancy meal without the ticket price. Plus, it’s easy to make, even for beginners in the kitchen, and with just a little prep, you can enjoy this delicious dinner in about 20 minutes.

What Is Scampi

  • Scampi originally referred to small, lobster-like crustaceans, also known as Dublin Bay Prawns or Norway Lobsters. However, the modern “shrimp scampi” typically uses shrimp in a simple garlic, butter, and white wine sauce.
Shrimp scampi in a skillet, with a big spoon placed inside to spoon out shrimp.

Ingredients For Shrimp Scampi

  • Butter and Olive Oil: To sauté, and to add some richness.
  • Garlic: I really recommend using fresh garlic in this recipe. Garlic powder is just not as bright and clean-tasting.
  • White Wine: You’ll want a dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. You could also use chicken broth instead.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: For a tiny bit of heat, without making it spicy.
  • Shrimp: The shrimp should be shelled and deveined. You can leave the tails on or off, it’s up to you.
  • Parsley: Again, go for fresh here – since scampi is so simple, it’s extra-important to use good, fresh ingredients.
  • Lemon Juice: A splash of lemon lifts the whole dish. 
  • Rice, Pasta, or Crusty Bread: For serving.
Ingredients for shrimp scampi in small bowls

How to Make Shrimp Scampi

The key to making great scampi is not overcooking the shrimp. Perfectly cooked shrimp are opaque and juicy, but if you overcook them, they’ll curl up, get tough, and super chewy.

  • Cook the Garlic with the Wine Ava Seasoning. First, heat the butter along with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Next, add the garlic, and cook it for about 20 seconds to release the fragrance. Finally, stir in the wine, along with the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half. 
  • Cook the Shrimp. Shrimp time! Add the peeled, deveined shrimp to the skillet, and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they turn pink and opaque on all sides.
  • Finish the Dish. Once the shrimp are cooked, stir in the parsley and lemon juice, and cook the scampi for just 30 seconds more. Remove the skillet from heat, and serve immediately.

Tips For Success

  • Use Larger Shrimp: Larger shrimp cook up big and juicy in scampi, so go for jumbo shrimp or larger.
  • Don’t Overcook Shrimp: It’s crucial to cook the shrimp just until they’re opaque and juicy, as overcooking leads to chewy shrimp.
  • Tweak the Amounts: Want a saucier dish? Double the sauce ingredients. More shrimp? Go for it! Extra garlic? No problem. This recipe can easily be changed to suit your tastes.
  • Wine Alternative: Scampi sauce calls for dry white wine, but you can substitute it with chicken broth and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Make Shrimp “Stock:” For even more flavor, simmer the tails or shells from your shrimp with the wine for about ten minutes before adding it to the pan. You may need to add water in order not to simmer all the wine away.
Shrimp scampi on top of spaghetti with lemon wedges

Serving Suggestions

In addition to a helping of pasta, rice, or lavash bread, you could start your meal with a juicy Easy Fruit Salad or this Grape Salad – it’s a fantastic lead-up to a seafood meal. Consider these Garlicky Steamed Broccoli; they are quick, flavorful, and nutritious. My Easy Grilled Asparagus is also a favorite around here. For a low carb option, try it with Zucchini Noodles or Cauliflower Rice.

Storing and Reheating Instructions

  • To store, place leftover shrimp scampi in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for 2 to 3 months.
  • To reheat, transfer your leftovers to a covered skillet over low heat. Allow it to heat until the shrimp are hot all the way through, and then immediately take them off of the heat to avoid overcooking.

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Shrimp Scampi

This classic Shrimp Scampi recipe, combining white wine, butter, and fresh garlic, offers a flavorful skillet meal that's incredibly easy to prepare.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic,, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt,, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper,, or to taste
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 pounds large shrimp,, shelled and deveined, tails on or off
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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  • Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 20 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Whisk in the wine, and season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they turn pink and opaque on all sides.
  • Stir in the parsley and lemon juice, cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve shrimp scampi over rice, pasta, or with bread.


  • Jumbo Shrimp: Opt for jumbo or larger shrimp in scampi for a plump and juicy outcome.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Ensure the shrimp are cooked only until they turn opaque to prevent them from becoming chewy.
  • Customize to Taste: Feel free to adjust the recipe – double the sauce, add more shrimp, or increase garlic per your preference.
  • Broth as a Wine Substitute: If you prefer not to use wine, replace it with chicken broth and a bit of lemon juice.


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Catalina says:

    Mmmm…. this is so flavorful! One of my favorite summer dish!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    This is so flavorful! Can’t believe how easy it is to make too!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

  3. Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert says:

    Looks amazingly delicious! You had me on this!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you love it! 🙂

  4. Erik says:

    Such an easy way to have a fancy dinner at home!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Please enjoy!! Thank YOU! 🙂

  5. Kristyn says:

    I’ve had all my kids try shrimp & most of them like it. This is one of those meals that they enjoy! It’s simple, but tasty!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I’m very glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  6. Matt says:

    I love shrimp scampi. It is one of my favorite seafood dishes and this recipe is on point! So flavorful and easy to make.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you’ll enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  7. Sara T says:

    I can’t believe how easy this is! It’s even better than what you get at a restaurant!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂