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Classic Shrimp Scampi is a delicious recipe of pan-cooked shrimp drenched in decadent garlic butter and lemon sauce. This simple shrimp dish is made in minutes and is best served over pasta or with crusty bread for dipping.

If you love shrimp dishes then try this shrimp cocktail or this brown butter spicy garlic shrimp. For a more filling shrimp recipe, this cajun popcorn shrimp and this sausage and shrimp rice are great options.

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Best Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Hello, it’s Aimee from my site Aimee Mars and I’m sharing a super easy recipe. Classic Shrimp Scampi is one of those recipes you can easily prepare to impress your guests or serve as a simple, but elegant meal. It only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish, however, marinating the shrimp before cooking them is key. If you have the time let the uncooked shrimp sit in the garlic and olive oil marinated for 30 minutes.

This classic dish is most commonly served over a bed of spaghetti noodles however, you can just as easily pair this shrimp with rice pilaf or any other kind of vegetable. One step to not forget though is grabbing a large loaf of crusty bread to mop up the delicious scampi sauce with.

What is Shrimp Scampi

This delicious and simple recipe acquires its name from the sauce the shrimp is drenched in, called scampi. Scampi sauce consists of lemon, butter, garlic, and a dry white wine or broth. This flavorful mixture is perfect for dipping crusty bread into it or tossing it with cooked spaghetti noodles.

shrimp in garlic and oil sauce

Shrimp Scampi without Wine

The wine in this recipe isn’t necessary, though it’s part of the classic recipe, it can be swapped out. Any type of broth, especially chicken broth, will nicely take the place of the dry white wine. To change this ingredient remove the 1/4 cup of white wine and add 1/4 cup of broth.

scampi sauce cooking on stove

How Long to Cook Shrimp

The shrimp in this recipe should be just cooked, which means they’re slightly pink on the outside and white on the inside. An easy trick, though it causes the recipe to take a little longer is to line the shrimp in a large skillet. Wait for almost 1 minute from the time you placed the first shrimp down and then start back at the beginning and flip them to the other side. Again, wait for 1 minute from the time you flipped the first shrimp before removing them from the skillet.

You can just as easily place all the uncooked shrimp into a large skillet. Then toss them until they’ve reached proper doneness. Make sure to watch them closely as the outer layer turns pink and the shrink slightly in size. Then you’ll know they’re done.

shrimp on blue and white plate

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Classic Shrimp Scampi

5 from 1 vote
By: Aimee Mars
Classic Shrimp Scampi is a delicious recipe of pan-cooked shrimp drenched in decadent garlic butter and lemon sauce. This simple shrimp dish is made in minutes and is best served over pasta or with crusty bread for dipping.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time (optional): 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings



  • Thinly slice 2 of the garlic cloves and set aside. Mince the remaining 3 cloves into a large bowl and whisk with salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the shrimp to the bowl and gently toss to coat. Let chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before cooking.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, preferably flat bottomed, skillet over medium heat. Carefully cook the shrimp until it becomes pink in the middle, about 1 minute per side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp to a serving plate. Leave as much oil in the pan as possible.
  • Place the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes into the skillet and let cook until just fragrant. Add the wine (or broth) and lemon juice and cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the butter and cook until melted and the sauce thickens, about 5 more minutes. Pour over the shrimp.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 24gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 347mgSodium: 1672mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1062IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 186mgIron: 3mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Aimee Mars

Spending time in the kitchen is a childhood memory that stems as far back as I can remember. The dots connecting those days to recipe development and food photography though, are winding and loopy. Just months after my clothing line in New York City, which was a childhood dream, came to a screeching halt I found myself at home as a new mom with a newborn. Desperately seeking a creative outlet, I began with the familiar and comforting act of cooking. A new passion of recipe development was ignited, and my blog became a place to break bread and to share these recipes with everyone. My family of four and one very convincing dog who loves to beg now enjoy our meals, and scraps, in Charleston.

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  1. White wine vinegar is arguably the best substitute for white wine and aside from not containing alcohol it also has 0 fat.