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Garlic Shrimp Scampi (Easy 15-Minute Recipe)

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This Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe is quick and easy to make, but is so elegant and impressive. The recipe below is totally fool-proof and includes lots of tips, so you can learn how to make the best shrimp scampi ever. Get ready to wow your guests with this dish that tastes even better than an Italian restaurant scampi!

Overhead view of Garlic Shrimp Scampi in a white plate with lemon halves on the side against a black background.

Garlic Shrimp Scampi: A Fast & Flavorful Dinner

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.

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Tips for Making Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Here are some pointers to ensure this shrimp dinner recipe turns out perfect every single time:

  • Prep beforehand: 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.
  • Cook in butter and oil: 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.
  • Use large shrimp: I prefer using jumbo shrimp or prawns in this recipe, because they are big, juicy, and perfect for Shrimp Scampi.
  • Buy wild shrimp: Wild-caught shrimp has better flavor and is much better for you than farm-raised shrimp. To learn about my favorite places to buy wild-caught shrimp and other seafood from, check out this post I wrote: The Best Wild, Sustainable Seafood Delivery Services.

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.

Close-up overhead view of Garlic Shrimp Scampi in a white plate against a black background.

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?

Here a few reasons why you should definitely include shrimp in your diet:

  • High in protein: Shrimp is rich in protein, so it will keep you feeling full for a long time.
  • Low in fat: 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.
  • Rich in nutrients: It is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorous, copper, selenium, and magnesium.

So now you can eat your shrimp and feel good about it too! 🙂

More Shrimp Recipes to Try

Looking for more shrimp dinner inspiration? Here are some of my favorite easy shrimp recipes:

If you make this Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Overhead view of Garlic Shrimp Scampi in a white plate with lemon halves on the side against a black background.
This Garlic Shrimp Scampi recipe is elegant and impressive, but is so simple to make. Get ready to wow your guests with this flavor-packed dish!
Alia Kay
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 213 calories

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound jumbo wild-caught shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Amount per Serving
Calories
213
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
301
mg
100
%
Sodium
 
938
mg
41
%
Potassium
 
136
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
418
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
176
mg
18
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. The white wine can be substituted with chicken or vegetable broth.
  2. I recommend using wild-caught, sustainably-harvested shrimp for this recipe.
  3. 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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  1. 5 stars
    Your shrimp scampi is amazing. I couldn’t believe how quickly it cooked. I need to start buying more frozen shrimp so I can make it lots!

    1. Thanks so much Wanda! I am so happy you liked it! Yes, shrimp in general cooks very fast, so it’s always a good item to have in your freezer for quick dinners! 🙂