Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Shrimp Scampi pasta make look fancy, but it's actually a cinch to pull together and makes for no-fuss entertaining. This pasta recipe is simple enough for for weeknight dinners and sophisticated enough for a dinner party. It's light and lemony with mouthwatering garlic butter for an incredibly flavorful dish. Try this recipe today!


serves: 4


  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • juice and zest of 3 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguini
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped


Step 1: In a large bowl whisk together garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and salt. Add in the shrimp and toss to coat.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe - Step 1

Step 2: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente. Drain and reserve ½ cup cooking water.

Step 3: While pasta is cooking prepare the shrimp. To do this, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the shrimp from the marinade (being sure to reserve the marinade). Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until just opaque, about 3 minutes total. Remove the shrimp from the pan and place onto a plate to rest.

Shrimp Scampi - Step 3

Step 4: Add the marinade to the skillet along with lemon zest, chicken stock, and reserved pasta water. Cook until sauce reduces by half.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe - Step 4

Step 5: When sauce has reduced by half, stir in the butter and the parsley.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe - Step 5A Shrimp Scampi Recipe - Step 5B

Step 6: Once the butter is melted, stir to combine and add shrimp to the sauce.

Step 7: Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Shrimp Scampi- Step 7

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