When it comes to quick, easy and extremely tasty dinners, Shrimp Scampi is at the top of our list! Our classic dish features tender shrimp tossed in a butter, lemon and white wine sauce with fresh parsley scattered over and throughout this easy dinner!
While there are regional variations on the classic shrimp scampi preparation, the basics of making a great shrimp scampi are butter, lemon juice, white wine and parsley. Other commonly used ingredients that we like to include in our favorite recipe for shrimp scampi are garlic, olive oil, and crushed red pepper flakes. And, we always like to top it off with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan over our shrimp scampi when served. Yum!
I’ve already pointed out that this is an extremely quick meal to make, and that is an easy dish to cook up as well. Both are so true that I have to point them out again! On a hectic night around here, this is an amazingly quick dinner to get on the table…literally no more than 15 minutes, start to finish! Plus, whenever I am recommending meals for those that are relatively new to cooking, this is a recipe that I send them home with.
A personal note on preferences, when we purchase frozen shrimp we always buy the raw shrimp (not pre-cooked). It just tastes a million times better, in our opinion. If you can’t get your hands on some fresh shrimp, the frozen raw shrimp is the next best thing 🙂 Enjoy!
Last Updated: August 11th, 2017
A fantastic classic dish with tender shrimp in a lemony garlic sauce!
- 12 oz large shrimp (peeled & deveined)
- 8 oz pasta (we used linguine)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
- 4 Tbsp butter (divided - 2, 2 Tbsp portions)
- 2 Tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1/2 cup parsley (chopped, reserve some for garnish if desired)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/4 tsp crushed red bell pepper
- 1/2 large lemon (juice & zest)
- each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- flat leaf parsley & parmesan for garnish (optional)
Heat a large skillet or frying pan with the vegetable oil to medium heat, add shrimp and cook for about 1 minute before then add the minced garlic. Keep the shrimp and garlic moving (to cook evenly and prevent the garlic from burning).
Add 2 Tbsp of butter when the shrimp are starting to turn pink, about 2-3 minutes of cooking time. Cook the shrimp 3-4 minutes or until pink and cooked through. Remove the cooked shrimp to a plate, set aside.
Add the white wine to the pan, the additional 2 Tbsp of butter, crushed red bell pepper flakes, salt & pepper and lemon zest. Stir the sauce and bring it to a boil.
Return the shrimp to the pan once the white wine and butter sauce is boiling. Add chopped parsley and lemon juice, stir and turn off the heat. Make a well in the center of the frying pan or skillet, then place the cooked pasta in the center of the pan.
Stir to combine all of the sauce, shrimp, and pasta. Serve immediately. Garnish with more chopped parsley, lemon zest, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired (optional).