Shrimp Scampi (Our Version Of An Old Classic)

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"Our version of this old classic has served this shrimp loving family well over the years - an elegant entree for the buffet, a great starter and makes for a wonderful appetiser. A real winner at our house!"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (171.8 g)
  • Calories 163.4
  • Total Fat - 9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5 g
  • Cholesterol - 163.2 mg
  • Sodium - 712.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.9 g
  • Protein - 16.1 g
  • Calcium - 78.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

If frozen thaw shrimp, peel and devein (may sub with a package of 'thaw and serve cooked' shrimp, tails removed)

Step 2

Peel and crush garlic, chop finely

Step 3

Over med heat melt butter

Step 4

Add garlic saute until translucent - do not brown

Step 5

Add wine and shrimp stirring shrimp, cook about five minutes or until shrimp is pink

Step 6

Add lemon juice,finely chopped parsley, salt and freshly ground pepper,toss and simmer a minute or two. Enjoy!


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 firm, moist, and odor-free shrimp with a pinkish-gray color.
  • For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled.

  • Substitute orange juice for the white wine to reduce the alcohol content. This substitution will make the dish more family-friendly, as it is an option for those who wish to avoid alcohol.
  • Substitute cooked shrimp for the raw shrimp to reduce preparation time. This substitution will make the dish more convenient, as it eliminates the need to thaw and peel the shrimp.

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Scampi Substitute the butter with olive oil and add 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the garlic and cook until the cheese melts. Add the shrimp and continue with the recipe.

Garlic Roasted Asparagus - This simple yet delicious side dish is the perfect accompaniment for shrimp scampi. The garlic and lemon juice in the scampi will pair nicely with the roasted asparagus, and the combination of flavors will make for a delicious and balanced meal.

Lemon Garlic Orzo: This bright and flavorful side dish is the perfect complement to the garlic roasted asparagus. The lemon and garlic in the orzo will pair nicely with the flavors of the scampi and the roasted asparagus, creating a balanced and delicious meal.


Q: How long should the shrimp be cooked?

A: The shrimp should be cooked until it turns pink, which usually takes about five minutes. Be sure to stir the shrimp while it cooks to ensure it cooks evenly.

Q: What is the best way to store cooked shrimp?

A: Cooked shrimp should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It is important to keep cooked shrimp cold to avoid the growth of bacteria.

9 Reviews


Delicious! We only used one pound of shrimp and served it over rice. We also used the juice option. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(25 Feb 2016)


Shrimp Scampi is one of my top 5 favorite shrimp dishes and this one didn't disappoint. Not to subtle, not to strong, just right on taste. My favorite way to serve this is over jasmine rice and some crusty bread. Delicious! Thank you Gerry for sharing!


review by:
(21 Jan 2016)


Very tasty dish...I served it alone...and enjoyed every bite..very easy to prepare...I didn't see a lot of juice to serve it over rice or noodles...but the flavor sure was there...made for "Bill Board" tag game...


review by:
(10 Jan 2016)


This could easily become our favorite shrimp/prawn recipe. Fantastic flavour. I used the orange juice option and 3/4 teaspoon chili flakes. For the parsley I used flash frozen Italian herb mixture (it is parsley plus). The prawns were pink Argentinian. Served with steamed carrots, brussels sprouts and rice. The sauce over the rice was wonderful. Thanks Gerry for this keeper


review by:
(16 Feb 2015)


Another winner Gerry! Served it on whole grain spaghetti and garlic bread. I used the orange juice option as I did not have any wine and added the hot chili flakes. We really enjoyed your version! Thank you for sharing. Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(4 Nov 2014)


Very quick and easy. Served over linguini. Great flavors. An easy recipe to add to, I think. Would be good with some chopped tomato.


review by:
(3 Oct 2013)

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Fun facts:

Shrimp Scampi originated in Italy and was popularized by the Italian-American immigrants who brought the recipe to the United States in the late 19th century.

Celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been spotted dining on Shrimp Scampi, making it a popular dish among the Hollywood elite.