Transport your home to the streets of Italy with this easy shrimp scampi recipe! Not only is this classic dish ready in 15 minutes, but it also results in the juiciest shrimp. It is all because of the incredible garlic butter sauce! You’ll want to serve these shrimp over spaghetti, alongside homemade italian breadsticks, for the immersive restaurant-style experience. 

Shrimp are incredibly diverse and can be prepared in many ways. If you are looking for a crispy, saucy shrimp dish, you will love our copycat bang-bang shrimp

A white bowl loaded with shrimp scampi with a metal spoon topped with fresh chopped parsley.

There’s nothing that elevates a meal as much as juicy shrimp. The flavors are very reminiscent of our garlic butter sauteed shrimp, however, there is a notable addition of an incredible scampi sauce. The aroma alone is enough to make this dish a staple in your household. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick. This recipe takes no prep time and comes together in only 15 minutes.
  • Versatile. You can serve this shrimp with fluffy white rice, with your favorite pasta, or even with creamy mashed potatoes
  • Simple. This recipe calls for a very short list of ingredients, making this super easy to replicate.

Ingredients for Shrimp Scampi

You’ll need just a few ingredients to make this incredible dish:

  • Shrimp – we suggest large shrimp, so they have more time to absorb the flavors as they cook. 
  • Seasoning – a combination of salt, black pepper, and paprika. 
  • White wine – a dry white wine helps to bring out the flavor of all the ingredients, as well as offering a touch of acidity. 
  • Garlic – fresh minced garlic cloves add incredible flavor to the dish. 
  • Chicken broth – adds depth of flavor to the scampi sauce. 

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Frozen Shrimp? No Problem!

Frozen shrimp needs to be thawed for this recipe. A quick way to thaw them is to run them under cold water through a strainer. They should be fully thawed in 5 minutes! 

Shrimp scampi topped with black pepper and chopped parsley.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Seasoning: Take the flavors of this dish to the next level by adding homemade cajun seasoning. This will give you a fusion of our cajun shrimp as a shrimp scampi.
  • Spice: Add some heat to your shrimp scampi by toasting red pepper flakes with the butter. 
  • Fresh herbs: Adding fresh basil, rosemary, or thyme will take your dish to new heights. 

How to Make Shrimp Scampi

Step-by-step instructions to making the best shrimp you’ve ever had with just a few simple instructions.

Seasoned shrimp in a glass bowl.

Step 1 – Season: Toss the shrimp in a bowl with the season.

Shrimp cooking in a pan.

Step 2 – Cook shrimp: Heat a large skillet with olive oil. Add shrimp to the pan, and cook on medium to high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Remove and cover to keep warm.

Shrimp scampi topped with fresh parsley.

Step 3 – Sauce: Melt Butter and garlic in the same skillet. Then add wine and broth and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Then, add back the shrimp.

Serving Suggestions

How would you like to enjoy this shrimp scampi for dinner tonight?

  • Pasta: Top with parmesan cheese, and serve shrimp with scampi sauce over angel hair pasta just like in our chicken scampi recipe
  • As a bowl: Feature this shrimp in an easy shrimp bowl, over some oven-baked rice, and your favorite toppings. 
  • Salad: This shrimp is incredibly tasty when featured in a salad! The buttery shrimp is balanced great by the crisp greens and tomatoes in our spinach quinoa salad recipe. You’ll want to leave out the sauce. 

Picking the Right Shrimp?

Large or jumbo shrimp are best for this recipe, as the cooked shrimp will be juicier and will not result in a dry and chewy shrimp.

Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute the white wine? 

The alcohol content from the wine cooks off in high heat and leaves behind a great flavor, but you can substitute it for extra chicken broth. 

Can I cook other proteins like this?

You can prepare salmon or chicken like this with excellent results. Cooking time with obviously depend on the protein and its thickness.

Can I use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic? 

Adding fresh garlic is crucial for getting the notable flavor and aroma. If you must use garlic powder, you can, but I urge you to try getting fresh garlic for this recipe.

Can I use prawns instead of shrimp?

Yes, you can easily substitute prawns for the shrimp. 

Will cooked shrimp work?

No, you do not want to use cooked shrimp for this recipe, they will taste like rubber.

Store & Reheat 

  • Storage. Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat. Warm up refrigerated leftovers on the stovetop over low heat until warm. 
  • Freeze. Allow the cooked shrimp to come to room temperature before freezing. Use a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 3 months. Reheat: Allow shrimp to thaw in the fridge before warming the stovetop. 

More Shrimp Recipes

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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Author: Valentina
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5 from 3 votes
This shrimp scampi recipe takes you through each step of making the juiciest, most fragrant shrimp you've ever had. The scampi sauce is infused with garlicky butter, adding so much flavor to the shrimp.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

scampi sauce-

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp dry white wine
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Combine the salt, pepper and paprika for the seasoning.
  • In a large bowl, toss shrimp in the seasoning.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add shrimp to the skillet and cook over medium/high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from the skillet and cover to keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, melt butter with garlic; sauté until fragrant.
  • Proceed to add in the wine and chicken broth. Simmer for 3-4 minutes before adding back the shrimp. Stir and allow the shrimp to reheat.
  • Top with fresh parsley and lemon juice.
  • Serve, and enjoy friends!

Notes

  • Size of shrimp: Large or jumbo shrimp or prawns are best because they are the juiciest after cooking. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan: Be sure to leave space in between shrimp on the pan, so they don’t begin to steam.
  • Storage: Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

315kcal Calories2g Carbs24g Protein22g Fat12g Saturated Fat332mg Cholesterol1218mg Sodium128mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar843IU Vitamin A13mg Vitamin C179mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 332mg111%
Sodium 1218mg53%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 843IU17%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)