Easy Shrimp Scampi

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Recipe: #10584

September 20, 2013

"When I first made this, it shocked me how very easy it can be if you cheat a little. This recipe calls for pre-cooked shrimp, but if you'd rather use raw just add about 5 minutes to the cooking time."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (430.5 g)
  • Calories 974.1
  • Total Fat - 49.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 29.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 407.6 mg
  • Sodium - 1301.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 88.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 48.2 g
  • Calcium - 189.2 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add pasta and continue boiling, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Rinse, drain and keep warm.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large skillet; add wine, garlic, pepper and parsley and simmer 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add shrimp to skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until heated through.

Step 4

Remove shrimp from pan with a slotted spoon; pour liquid over pasta and toss to coat.

Step 5

Divide pasta among four plates, top with shrimp and pour any remaining liquid over top.

Step 6

Especially good served with warm crusty bread to mop up juice from the plate.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting shrimp, look for ones that are firm to the touch and have a mild, slightly sweet smell.
  • It is important to use unsalted butter in this recipe, as the salt content in salted butter can make the dish too salty.

  • Substitute vegetable broth for the white wine to make the recipe vegan. This substitution will make the recipe vegan friendly, while still providing the same flavor profile.
  • Substitute cooked chicken for the shrimp to make the recipe more budget friendly. This substitution will allow you to save money while still providing a delicious meal.

Pesto Shrimp Scampi Replace the butter, wine, garlic, pepper, and parsley with 1/2 cup of prepared pesto sauce. Simmer the shrimp in the pesto sauce for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve the shrimp over the pasta and top with additional pesto sauce if desired.

Roasted Garlic Broccolini - Roasted Garlic Broccolini is the perfect side dish to accompany Easy Shrimp Scampi. The roasted garlic adds a delicious flavor to the broccolini, while the lemon juice adds a hint of brightness to the dish. The combination of flavors will perfectly complement the shrimp scampi.

Lemon Parmesan Risotto: Lemon Parmesan Risotto is a creamy and flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with Easy Shrimp Scampi. The lemon adds a bright and zesty flavor to the risotto, while the Parmesan cheese adds a savory and salty note. The combination of flavors will perfectly balance the shrimp scampi and roasted garlic broccolini.


Q: What type of pasta should I use?

A: For this recipe, it is best to use whole wheat spaghetti. This type of pasta is high in fiber and has a nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the shrimp scampi.

Q: How long should I cook the shrimp?

A: The shrimp should be cooked for 3-4 minutes, or until it is opaque and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, as it can become tough and rubbery.

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Fun facts:

The dish Shrimp Scampi is named after the Italian word “scampi” which translates to “prawns” or “lobsters”. This dish was made popular in the US by celebrity chef Julia Child in her cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

Shrimp Scampi has been a popular dish in Italian cuisine for centuries. It was first mentioned in a cookbook written in the late 1500s by Italian chef Bartolomeo Scappi. The dish has since been adapted to fit different cultures and cuisines around the world.