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 86 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
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. 
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Servings: 4 servings
  • 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


  • Combine the salt, pepper and paprika then sprinkle it over the shrimp and toss to combine. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pour in the wine and broth then cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp back to the pan. Add fresh parsley and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the shrimp to taste. Toss lightly to combine and serve shrimp scampi right away. 

Nutrition Per Serving

317kcal Calories2g Carbs23g Protein22g Fat11g Saturated Fat331mg Cholesterol1179mg Sodium131mg Potassium605IU Vitamin A12.7mg Vitamin C178mg Calcium2.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: shrimp scampi
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 317

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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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  • Marilyn H.
    August 27, 2023

    Excellent recipe and ALMOST exactly how I make my shrimp scampi. One thing extra I do is take those shrimp peels and boil them in small amount of water for a few minutes and use this broth with the white wine instead of another kind of broth!


      August 27, 2023

      Thank you for sharing, Marilyn!


  • Janet Nonella
    August 7, 2023

    This recipe is easy but flavorful! It comes together quickly. I paired mine with Angel Hair pasta. I will be making this one again!


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 7, 2023

      Hello Janet, great to haer that you enjoyed our Shrimp Scampi Recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  • Christine Anderson
    March 4, 2023

    Your directions for your Shrimp Scampi were easy to follow and the final results would compare to the finest restaurants in the USA! Thanks for sharing your recipe! My husband and I loved it! I can’t wait to get your new Cookbook that I have preordered! ♥️♥️♥️


      March 4, 2023

      Hi Christine! That’s wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I’m glad you loved the recipe and I’m so excited for you to get your copy of the cookbook! 🙂


  • Katrina
    January 24, 2023

    I just want more sauce as to serve over linguine. Do I just double the ingredients except for the salt pepper paprika because I’m using just one pound of shrimp


      January 24, 2023

      Hi Katrina! Yes, that should work fine. You can add more salt/pepper/paprika to taste at the end if needed.


  • Susan Elizabeth
    January 4, 2023

    I usually don’t use a recipe for shrimp scampi but tonight I used yours. It was perfection. Thank you.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 4, 2023

      Thanks for choosing this recipe, glad you love it!


  • Doctor Grandma Jeannie
    November 27, 2022

    Great! Easy, quick, and delicious! Big hit with hubbie who is a Scampi snob. Thanks for sharing.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2022

      You’re welcome, good to hear that this was a hit!


  • Janet
    October 30, 2022

    Thank you for this delicious recipe!! I swear it taste better every one I make it, being somewhat addicted, I even made it to go over the lobster ravioli we had for dinner tonight 😋😋


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 30, 2022

      You’re welcome! So glad that you enjoyed this recipe, Janet. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.


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