Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi
If you are looking for a special dinner for two you really cannot go wrong with shrimp scampi and I figured that it was the perfect time to update my old recipe! Shrimp scampi is a really simple pasta dish consisting of shrimp sauteed in a buttery, garlic, white wine and lemon sauce that is just to die for! Although this recipe is super quick and easy it is perfect for entertaining or for special dinners for two in addition to being a great weeknight meal. Really it takes more time to cook the pasta than it does to make the shrimp and sauce so dinner is on the table in less than 20 minutes! I like to hit the scampi up with some red pepper flakes for a touch of heat along with some lemon zest and parsley for garnish. No matter how you cut it, this dish is sure to impress and they will never know how easy it was to make!

Shrimp Scampi
(When I am serving shrimp scampi I normally remove the tails first.)

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi is also great with parmesan!

Shrimp Scampi
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Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4

Succulent sauteed shrimp in a buttery lemon and white wine sauce that is surprisingly quick and easy to make.



ingredients
  • 8 ounces linguine (or other pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (16-24), shelled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (~1 lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
directions
  1. Start cooking the pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat until frothing, add the shrimp, cook for 2 minutes, flip, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute before transferring to a large bowl.
  3. Add the white wine and lemon juice to the pan, deglaze it, simmer for a minute and remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley and lemon zest before tossing with the shrimp and pasta.

Note: The cook time for the shrimp will vary depending on the size of your shrimp. When the shrimp just turns from 'translucent' to opaque/white (look at the thickest part of side where it was deviened) it is done and you want to flip the shrimp and then just a little before the white gets to the centre from the other side remove it from the pan; the residual heat will finish the job.
Option: Serve topped with parmesan.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 391, Fat 11g (Saturated 4g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 158mg, Sodium 648mg, Carbs 45g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 2g), Protein 23g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

75 comments:

HoneyB said...

Ok Kevin, this is going on my list of things to make. We like seafood in this household, and anything with seafood and pasta is a hit! Your meal looks delicious!

Elle said...

Heavenly!!!!

Gloria said...

Aahh.delicious!!! I like so shrimps!!xGloria

Donna said...

This looks wonderful! Happy night!

Vicarious Foodie said...

That looks really pretty! Love the colors.

Lina said...

mmmmm Shrimp scampi!!! Looks delicious! You're the bomb!

meeso said...

This was one of my dad's favorite dishes and I learned to love it... It looks delicious!

Deborah Dowd said...

This looks wonderful,not too complex so the flavors can really stand out!

bagel said...

I love shrimp scampi! It's such a simple dish and the colors are so pretty. I'll have to try making this myself.

daphne said...

Butter, olive oil and lemon! Beautiful!!! That's going to my "To make" list.

noobcook said...

omg I loved this!!! Look at the huge big prawns! :D~

Patsyk said...

Shrimp Scampi is a favorite of mine... yours looks delicious!

Ginny said...

I've been craving this lately! mmm...I really should get on that!

Sharon said...

Once we finish all of our leftovers, this is being bumped up to my next dish to make!

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

man, this looks good :) i love shrimp too! i wish craig would learn to love it, i never get to cook it!

marye said...

this looks great Kevin.

Jan said...

That looks really good. I want to eat that now at 7.15am !!

Lori said...

Great recipe and explained so simply. Shrimp scampi is pretty popular in Hawaii, I should give it a try at home!

tigerfish said...

And I will definitely be making this in future!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Flippin' hell, Kevin, I cannot keep up with you. This is one great looking plate of pasta.

cook eat FRET said...

kevin, you are a cooking machine
we all want to know
how do you do it?

beautiful dish as usual

Peter M said...

A job well done on a classic I never tire of!

Bobby said...

I love shrimp scampi... great photo!

Jenny said...

How funny Kevin, this is on my menu for this week, hope mine turns out as nice as yours!! Very nice job and it looks scrumptious!

LyB said...

Kevin, this is one of my very favorite dishes. You definitely can't go wrong with those ingredients! It looks absolutely delicious!

diva said...

that's one yummy mama of a dish. u beat my vietnamese prawn noodle salad. :)

Deborah said...

One of my favorite ways to eat shrimp!!

Jules said...

sounds and looks great...must put this on the "what's for dinner" rotation;)

nicisme said...

My husband will love me forever if I make this for him! Great photos kevin!

We Are Never Full said...

next time try adding a bit of the pasta water - the added starch will allow the sauce to really stick more to the pasta instead of totally draining to the bottom. of course you'll still have a nice puddle of sauce at the bottom, but the starch really thickens it a bit and allows it to cling to the pasta. bravo!

Pam said...

I bookmarked this from the picture only! Didn't even have to scroll down and read the recipe!

giz said...

I so shouldn't be looking at good food when I'm really hungry - honestly - I'm pathetic - sitting at my computer whining and wishing someone would make me some shrimp scampi. Too bad my dogs don't cook.

canarygirl.com said...

Deeeeeelicious! Scampi is one of our favorites, Kevin! :)

Ruth Daniels said...

Kevin, I think this one is the best yet! I love, love, love shrimp, garlic and wine so this is one of my fave combos ever! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Parker said...

This sounds delicious - I love shrimp also and have always wanted to make a shrimp scampi.

Proud Italian Cook said...

one word.....Wonderful!!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

look at the colors on this dish, loving it!

Sylvie said...

That looks like the perfect shrimp pasta dish to me. Fresh, simple and vibrant!

Bellini Valli said...

Good call Kevin on this pasta dish:D

Hillary said...

You did a super nice job on this! That, or you photoshopped your picture quite nicely. Just kidding - it looks delicious!

Fabulously Broke said...

That looks.. HEAVENLY..

I'm going to link this in my next round of link love :)

petite fleur said...

Saw this on Tastespotting (RIP) & knew I wanted to make this. I just did & it's delicious. Will be posting it up on my blog soon. Thanks for sharing.

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All best,
Stephen

Street Foodie said...

Looks great. I wasn't aware that scampi in North America referred to prawns cooked in lemon juice and white wine. Scampi in Ireland is prawn or fish coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried, also delicious.

Prawn are definitely one of my favourite foods as well!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Kevin, I came across your blog tru Foodgawker and was amazed at all your decilious food photos.. one of the recipe I've tried from you is this Scampi. This was good.. my kids eat it all! they love it..

Thanks for sharing.

Terri-Lynn said...

I was visiting my parents over Christmas and was assigned kitchen duty for most of the time I was there (not really a punishment for me, I love to cook).
I made this dish for a group of fairly picky eaters, and it was a hit. Thanks for the recipe.
I'm slowly working my way through your archives. :)

Photogirl said...

Hi Kevin.. great recipe but I have a question.. what kind of wine do you use?

Kevin said...

Photogirl: Any dry white wine will work. I like to go with a Pinot Gris.

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Anonymous said...

I was craving Shrimp and I knew you would have the perfect recipe!! Made this t'nite with huge de-veined shrimp that I peeled and it was delicious!! Will def make again and again!I make a ton of your recipes and they always work out and get eaten up!!

Anastasia said...

It looks delicious!

Nikki said...

What can I use in place of wine? Any ideas?

Nikki said...

What can I use in place of wine? Any ideas?

Kevin said...

Nikki: You can use chicken broth to replace the wine in this recipe.

Jill said...

This looks fantastic! Love shrimps and have tried to make something similar after having a gorgeous meal out but it wasn't that great, so really looking forward to giving this one a try.

LoveAffair said...

Love it! simple, quick and delicioso!!

Jeanette | Jeanettes Healthy Living said...

The perfect elegant but simple dish for Valentine's Day - can't beat it!

Heather Christo said...

this is just so, so beautiful- I want to chow down that entire bowl!!

Maria said...

I am always up for pasta!

Jenny said...

Perfect pasta dish! Need for lunch today!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great flavors! This dish is fabulous.

Cheers,

Rosa

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Looks absolutely comforting and delicious!

marla said...

Beautiful pasta! Wish I had for lunch :)

Gaby said...

Absolutely stunning! The scampi sauce sounds so delicious!

Curiouser and Curiouser said...

This looks soooo good! I love prawns! :)

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Anonymous said...

Scallop Scampi is also delicious and we will be enjoying that for Valentine's Day this year. Thanks for the recipe Kevin. The pictures look good and I wish I had a plate to eat now :)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Scallop scampi does sound good! Great idea!

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Charmaine (The Party DIY) said...

There isn't a dish I love more than shrimp scampi thanks for sharing this recipe!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Valentine's Day is over but Jason and I both have birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks so you know this will be making an appearance on our table soon!

Mary W said...

I would love to try your recipes. Do you offer an actual book for sale?

Anonymous said...

I tried this exact recipe tonight and wasn't impressed. I won't be making it again, I'm not trying to discourage others from making this, but I think this recipe needs to be more specific about what kind of white need needs to be added, and for some reason my shrimp turned out a little rubbery and I cooked them for the recommended time....for beginners, i need a recipe that is more specific.
-Andrea

Kevin Lynch said...

Andrea: The cooking time will vary based on the size of the shrimp. If you used the 16-24 size shrimp as requested in the recipe they should have come out perfectly. When the shrimp just turns from 'translucent' to opaque/white it is done so you want to flip the shrimp just a little before the white gets to the centre and the remove it from the pan.

Kevin Lynch said...

Mary W: I have a few small cookbooks available in softcover from Lulu. Click through this link http://www.closetcooking.com/p/cookbooks.html, select the book you want and then choose the Lulu link.

Nicole said...

This pasta looks amazing

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