This Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe is quick and easy to make, but is so elegant and impressive. Get ready to wow your guests with this dish that tastes even better than an Italian restaurant scampi!
You are going to love this Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe, because it is quick, easy to make and super tasty. It features plump, succulent shrimp that is cooked to perfection in olive oil, butter, garlic, and a splash of white wine, then tossed with lemon juice and fresh parsley.
This delicious shrimp scampi pairs perfectly with linguine or angel hair pasta to make a satisfying, complete meal. For a lighter, gluten-free alternative to regular pasta you can serve it with zucchini noodles, aka zoodles.
Tips for Making Garlic Shrimp Scampi
- Have all of your ingredients prepped before you start cooking. This recipe cooks FAST, so there’s no time to prep ingredients as you go along. Having everything ready to go before you put anything in the pan will also help to ensure that nothing overcooks, because you want the shrimp to be succulent and juicy. Over-cooked shrimp is tough, rubbery, and not very pleasant to eat.
- The shrimp is cooked in both oil and butter in this recipe, to prevent the butter from burning. You can use only butter if you prefer, just be aware that it will start to brown while the shrimp is cooking.
- I prefer using jumbo shrimp or prawns in this recipe, because they are big, juicy, and perfect for Shrimp Scampi. If you can find wild-caught shrimp, you should definitely choose that. Wild-caught shrimp has better flavor and is much healthier for you than farm-raised seafood. My favorite source to get wild-caught shrimp from is Vital Choice.
What can I use as a substitute for white wine in Shrimp Scampi?
Shrimp Scampi is traditionally made with white wine, but if you don’t want to cook with wine you can use chicken or vegetable broth instead. Broth/stock is generally a great substitute for white wine in recipes, because it adds a similar depth of flavor to dishes.
Shrimp is a great protein to have on hand, so it is a good idea to stock up on frozen shrimp when it is on sale. It thaws very quickly and is a fantastic go-to to have in your freezer when you want a fast and easy meal, like this one!
What are the Health Benefits of Shrimp?
- Shrimp is rich in protein, so it will keep you feeling full for a long time.
- It is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorous, copper, selenium, and magnesium.
- Shrimp is low in saturated fat and is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for heart health.
- Although shrimp is high in cholesterol, that number actually has very little effect on your blood cholesterol level.
More Shrimp Recipes to Try
For this Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe, I recommend:
- Kitchen and Food Scale – A scale makes it so easy to measure the perfect amount of shrimp to use for this dish. You can also use a kitchen scale to accurately measure the weight of vegetables, meat, and flour to use in recipes.
- Citrus Juicer – If you cook with a lot of citrus, a sturdy juicer is a must. This one works for both lemons and limes and will squeeze out every last drop of juice like a pro. Worth every penny.
If you make this Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe, let me know! Rate it and leave a comment below, because I love hearing from you! 🙂
Garlic Shrimp Scampi
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add the shrimp, wine, red pepper flakes and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until shrimp is pink and opaque.
- Remove from heat. Add the lemon juice and parsley and toss to combine. Serve warm with your favorite pasta, rice, or zucchini noodles.
- The white wine can be substituted with chicken or vegetable broth.
- I recommend using wild-caught, sustainably-harvested shrimp from Vital Choice (my favorite online seafood retailer) for this recipe.
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two days or in the freezer for up to two months.
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