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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

The best Shrimp Scampi Recipe! Succulent shrimp in the most delicious garlic butter and wine sauce drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The dish is prepared in 10 minutes from start to finish with impressive results.

This restaurant quality classic shrimp scampi is so easy to recreate at home. Shrimp Scampi can be served as an appetizer or a quick and easy dinner like our Shrimp Scampi Pasta.

Shrimp scampi in a wine and garlic butter sauce in a bowl with fresh parsley.

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Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing a recipe for the easiest Shrimp Scampi!

What is Shrimp Scampi?

Shrimp Scampi is an amazing Italian shrimp dish. It calls for large shrimp or prawns seasoned, then cooked and generously smothered in a butter, garlic and wine sauce served with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The flavors come together and produce a restaurant-quality dinner from the comfort of home. This recipe is perfect for a date night dinner at home. 

This is a great recipe if you are on the keto diet. If you are completely removing wine when on the keto diet, the wine may be completely substituted for broth. 

Shrimp scampi in a spoon smothered in a wine sauce.

How to Make Shrimp Scampi?

This easy shrimp scampi is sure to impress not only with how simple and quick the dish is to prepare but also the flavor of the dish and WOW aesthetic appeal.

  1. Season and sautee shrimp just until cooked through
  2. Remove shrimp from pan and cover to keep warm
  3. Saute garlic with butter, pour in the wine and broth and simmer
  4. Add the shrimp back to the pan, top with fresh parsley and squeeze in lemon juice
  5. Toss to combine and enjoy immediately

NOTE: Don’t overcook the shrimp or it will taste rubbery and dry. Cook just until both sides are opaque and pink in color.

Step by steph photo instructions how to make Italian shrimp scampi in the skillet.

What is the Best Wine for Shrimp Scampi?

Your favorite dry white wine may be used in this wine sauce such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc.

Do not use anything labeled “cooking wine” for shrimp scampi which are often low quality, taste terrible and contain additives. There is no need to break the bank. A reasonably priced  ($8-$10 per bottle) dry white wine would work really well for shrimp scampi. 

Can I make Shrimp Scampi Without Wine?

Yes, if you don’t have wine or don’t like to cook with wine, just substitute the wine for chicken broth. Season sauce with additional salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste, if needed.

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What can I serve with Shrimp Scampi?

You can enjoy them as an appetizer paired with a crusty French bread to dip into that amazing sauce, or enjoy this seafood dish as a main course with your favorite side. Shrimp scampi pairs well with mashed potatoes or white rice and baked asparagus, or you can toss this scampi with your favorite pasta.

Shrimp in a bowl with fresh herbs and a spoon.

I can’t wait for you to give this Shrimp Scampi Recipe in the best wine sauce a try and be totally impressed.

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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

5 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Shrimp Scampi in a Bowl with Serving spoon

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe. Shrimp seasoned, cooked and smothered in the most delicious garlic butter and wine sauce. The dish is completely prepared in under 10 minutes. 

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: shrimp scampi
Calories: 317 kcal
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb large shrimp raw, peeled & deveined
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or canola oil)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp dry white wine
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1/2 lemon to squeeze over finished dish

Instructions

  1. Combine the salt, pepper and paprika then sprinkle it over the shrimp and toss to combine. 

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over med/high heat. Once hot, add shrimp and cook 1-2 minutes per side just until cooked through. Remove the shrimp from skillet and cover to keep warm.

  3. In the same skillet, add the garlic and butter, saute over medium heat for 1 minute until fragrant, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn.

  4. Pour in the wine and broth then cook for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Add the shrimp back to the pan. Add fresh parsley and cook another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the shrimp to taste. Toss lightly to combine and serve shrimp scampi right away. 

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 331mg110%
Sodium 1179mg51%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • MONIQUE
    July 28, 2019

    Love love this recipe! Made it for dinner over rice. Delicious. My boyfriend gave me compliments on the flavor and tenderness of the shrimp!. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2019

      I’m so glad you all enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Chris Brennan
    July 25, 2019

    Made this the other night and it was so easy and so delicious. I put it over pasta with broccoli. Family loved it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • LEE
    July 15, 2019

    The shrimp scampi is the bomb!
    Really good.
    I don’t follow directions but I was close. Added shrooms. Yum Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Lesly
    June 25, 2019

    How much “sauce” does it make? Enough to pour over 2 servings of pasta or should I double the recipe? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      Hi Lesly, I wish I had measured it that way. If you like more of the sauce you are more than welcome to double it. Reply

  • Heather Martin
    June 23, 2019

    Made this tonight. It was an easy recipe to follow and absolutely delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 24, 2019

      That’s so great Heather! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

    • Marlee
      August 25, 2019

      The only thing is when I add the shrimp to the oil it sizzles and the oil goes everywhere. Am I making the oil to hot? I’d like to make this more but it’s hard when I can’t get close to the hot skillet with oil going everywhere Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        August 26, 2019

        Hi Marlee, it sounds like it may be too hot. What kind of oil are you using? Reply

        • Marlee
          August 26, 2019

          Hello,

          I used olive oil. Also I used defrosted shrimp, could that affect the outcome of the dish?

          Thank you! Reply

          • Natashas Kitchen
            August 26, 2019

            Hi Marlee, defrosted is best since the liquid will cause splatter and increase cook time/ the possibility of drying it out.

  • Joe
    June 15, 2019

    I think you’re hot Reply

  • Lena
    May 20, 2019

    Hi Natasha, I was wondering if I make a bigger batch will this reheat well? Or is it only good fresh? Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2019

      Hi lena, I haven’t tested that in a large batch but that should reheat just fine. Reply

      • Lena
        May 21, 2019

        Thank you! Will try it 🙂 Reply

  • Kathy
    May 7, 2019

    What kind of wine is recommended? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 7, 2019

      Hi Kathy! Your favorite dry white wine may be used in this wine sauce such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc. Do not use anything labeled “cooking wine” for shrimp scampi which are often low quality, taste terrible and contain additives. There is no need to break the bank. A reasonably priced ($8-$10 per bottle) dry white wine would work really well for shrimp scampi. Reply

  • Taylor
    April 9, 2019

    So much yummy flavor! Love this dish! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Taylor! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Eden
    April 8, 2019

    We love this recipe! Shrimp is one of my husband’s fave so this was a hit! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Eden! Reply

  • Anna
    April 8, 2019

    This is by far the best shrimp recipe I’ve ever made! So delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2019

      Hi Anna! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Julie
    April 8, 2019

    This made my mouth water just reading it. Can’t wait to make this! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2019

      hope you love it Julie! Reply

  • Steph
    April 8, 2019

    Love this scampi recipe! So easy and it turns out perfectly every time! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that Steph! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Oksana
    March 14, 2019

    Hi Natasha! Great recipe. Thank you for sharing as always. I have a request for you. As Easter is around the corner, I am hoping you will give brioche bread a whirl. I think it would be such a great addition to your blog. It’s definitely missing here and would fit perfectly for Easter. I watched Stefanie from Joy of Baking make some brioche bread and thought how you could bring that type of bread to the Slavic community. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2019

      Hi Oksana! Thank you for those wonderful suggestions! We keep our Eater archives here 🙂 Reply

      • Oksana
        March 14, 2019

        Thank you love. I have made all of the Easter recipes you have posted. I am keeping my fingers crossed for some new content! 🙂 Reply

  • Janet Bradley
    March 14, 2019

    If I served this with rice, could I double the sauce for the dish and serve it over the rice? It sounds amazing as is, that’s why I rated it 5 stars.
    Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2019

      I think that sounds awesome! I look forward to your feedback Janet! Reply

  • chiranshi
    March 14, 2019

    Hi, it looks delicious and I am going to make it for our family’s holiday party this Sunday. I can’t wait to catch up with all your ‘Recipe’!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2019

      I hope you love it!! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Jen
    March 13, 2019

    This is such a filling meal without making you feel stuffed. Amazing flavor and super easy to make. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Jen! Reply

  • Courtney O'Dell
    March 13, 2019

    This scampi is packed with flavor and so easy – one of my new favorites! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2019

      That’s so great Courtney! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • lauren kelly
    March 13, 2019

    This is my family’s all time favorite! Love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2019

      I love that you have a family favorite on our blog! Thank you for that awesome review, Lauren! Reply

  • Anna
    March 13, 2019

    This was the best shrimp scampi I’ve ever had! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      March 13, 2019

      I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for the awesome review! 🙂 Reply

  • Rachael Yerkes
    March 13, 2019

    Shrimp scampi is my favorite and this recipe is awesome! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Toria
    March 13, 2019

    This shrimp scampi was amazing! The seasoning and the sauce made the shrimp heavenly!!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      March 13, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your great review!! I’m so glad you loved the scampi 🙂 Reply

  • Diana
    March 12, 2019

    I was trying to figure out how to make a quick dinner today. I remembered I had shrimp. And then this recipe popped up on Facebook😊 This was absolutely delicious! My husband is a seafood fan and he loved it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      March 13, 2019

      Ooh that makes my day! Thank you for sharing that with me! I’m so glad you both loved the recipe. Reply

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