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This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi Recipe is a delicious 30 minute meal that cooks in a buttery, lemon garlic sauce and is breaded with a parmesan bread crumb topping. Combined, this meal is irresistible!

A true restaurant quality meal right at home! If you love shrimp then Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp, Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta or Baked Coconut Shrimp are some of my go-to recipes for you to try!

Lemon garlic shrimp in a skillet with lemon wedges.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi

So, here is a little known fact about me. I do not like shrimp. Like at all. But, I really have never given it a chance.  My hubby on the other hand loves shrimp. He is always asking me to make shrimp for dinner. So, I usually compromise and make shrimp a couple of times a month. It has worked out for both of us!

Shrimp scampi is such a classic and delicious meal, so I decided to give it a go.  Well, let me tell you, I LOVED this meal!  It starts out with so many of my favorite flavors. You first cook the shrimp in a butter lemon garlic sauce. Is there even a better flavor combination that that? Then, top it with a parmesan herb bread crumb topping, and broil the shrimp for a couple of minutes to get nice and crispy.  The best part is adding the pasta to the shrimp and it gets coated in the buttery lemon garlic sauce. It is to die for.  One reason I now love shrimp is because the whole process seriously only takes minutes to cook.

Basically, even if you don’t think you like shrimp, you have got to give this recipe a try! I couldn’t even believe how much I loved this meal!  All of the flavors are incredible and the crispy parmesan bread crumb coating on the shrimp is unbelievably good! You guys are going to love creating this restaurant quality dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Shrimp Scampi Ingredients:

  • Garlic cloves: Add the minced garlic into the butter/oil combo until fragrant.
  • Butter and Olive oil: The mix of butter and oil make the perfect fragrant and flavorful saute for the shrimp.
  • Medium shrimp: Buying uncooked,peeled and de-veined will save you prep time.
  • Lemon juice: To taste (one tablespoon is a good place to start)
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Dried oregano: Mix fresh oregano together with the parsley for a great earthy flavor.
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated will melt nicely over the shrimp.
  • Bread crumbs: Combine with the seasonings and parmesan and sprinkle over the top.
  • Parsley: Fresh minced.
  • Linguine pasta: Linguine is the classic choice for this dish, but most pasta will work well.

Let’s Cook Up Some Shrimp!

  1. Cook shrimp in garlic butter saute: In a 10 inch skillet, saute garlic in butter and oil for 1-2 minutes. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, and pepper. Cook and stir until the shrimp turn pink.
  2. Create crumble and sprinkle on shrimp: Combine pepper, oregano, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the shrimp and broil for 2-3 minutes until it starts to brown.
  3. Serve: This shrimp pairs well with hot pasta.
The process of making lemon garlic shrimp in a skillet.

What types of pasta can be made with Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi?

  • Linguini: is the recommended pasta for shrimp scampi. The noodles are not too thick and are capable of locking in the creamy sauce and flavors while enjoying the lighter side of a noodle. The cream compliments the noodle and the shrimps tender meat. When serving a linguine pasta you will want to use less pasta on each plate. This will leave the focus on the shrimp and sauce and bring out those bold flavors.
  • Angel Hair:  is a very light pasta. It is a thin strand of pasta that is great for shrimp scampi. It holds in the great flavors from the lemon garlic sauce.
  • Vermicelli: is lighter than angel hair and very delicate. If you are looking for a lighter dish, this pasta is the best one for that. You will not need as much sauce with vermicelli.

What Can I serve with Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi?

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi is a meal all in itself. You can enjoy it with pasta and have your dish complete. If you are looking to add on to your meal and enjoy a few other sides to go along with it, I would recommend a salad, bread and/or a savory dish that blends well with the shrimp scampi. A good salad with light flavors but unique textures and vegetables are a great side. Thick, rich garlic bread or warm breadsticks are great to have while eating your Lemon Shrimp Scampi meal too. Enjoy these suggested three sides to go along with your Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi!

Lemon garlic shrimp in a bowl over top linguine noodles with a fork inside the bowl.

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi

4.82 from 11 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi is a delicious 30 minutes meal that cooks in a buttery lemon garlic sauce and breaded with a parmesan bread crumb topping. A restaurant quality meal right at home!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 People



  • In a 10 inch skillet, saute garlic in butter and oil for 1-2 minutes. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, and pepper. Cook and stir until the shrimp turn pink.
  • Combine pepper, oregano, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the shrimp and broil for 2-3 minutes until it starts to brown. Serve with hot pasta.



Updated on May 3, 2020
Originally Posted on January 24,  2019


Serving: 5gCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 24gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 218mgSodium: 818mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Italian, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    What an absolutely well-written article accompanying your recipe ! I felt the same way about Salmon, and now it’s the only fish I’ll order. Don’t forget to mention, to your husband, how lucky he got when you said ‘Yes’ …

    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much! Thank you for this sweet comment. I am so glad that you like fish now. It is one that I do love and am so happy for it! Thanks for following along with me! XOXO

  2. This shrimp pasta looks wonderful. I’d like to serve it for a dinner party. One question:; I am allergic to seafood, could I also prepare chicken the same as the shrimp for those who are allergic or don’t care for shrimp?

    1. I have never made it with chicken but it should work about the same. The flavor of the chicken may be different compared to the shrimp but all in all it should taste really good:)! Let me know how it turns out! XOXO

  3. 4 stars
    While I liked it, I guess my question is whether you are taking the shrimp out of the sauce to put it under the broiler. It would appear you do not by your directions but I could have. After there was no browning several minutes later I removed it from the oven, dug the shrimp out trying to keep the breading on and put it back under the broiler. This also gave me the opportunity to throw the linguine in the sauce to coat. I added a little wine and extra garlic.

  4. I made this recipe and appreciated how tasty and easy it was. However, I was confused about the pepper: in step one, the recipe says to add the pepper with the lemon juice and shrimp. In step two it says to combine the pepper with the herbs, cheese and breadcrumbs. There was no indication in the ingredients that the 1/2 teaspoon of pepper should be divided. Perhaps you could clarify what is the intended amount and in which step(s) it should be added? Thank you.

  5. Ok so I made this tonight, and then quickly realized I probably did something wrong. I am assuming you take the shrimp out of the pan and put it on the sheet and then sprinkle the Parmesan mix?? The directions didn’t state wether or not to do that.

  6. Made this recipe as written and it turned out awesome. My only complaint is nowhere on here does it say how many servings. Thank goodness I cut it in half since it was just me and hubby. Still had leftovers. I’m just saying-
    cause I hate to waste food and my hubby doesn’t do leftovers. Good thing I don’t mind them. Please revise recipe to indicate servings.

    1. Asiago is a good alternative. Just chop it well. I’m a cook in a kitchen. If we don’t have Asiago, we use parm. 🙂

  7. Unlike you, I have always loved shrimp, but a bad experience with shrimp scampi made me avoid it. The scampi in question contained way too many capers. I like this recipe. You may have helped me become friends with shrimp scampi again.

  8. This looks delicious! I make something similar but hadn’t thought to add the parmesan bread crumb topping. I’m definitely going to give that a try.