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Shrimp Scampi

This buttery garlic shrimp scampi made with capers, a dash of white wine and lemon is loaded with flavor and ready in just 25 minutes!

Shrimp Scampi tossed over pasta in a large pan.

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is wonderfully saucy with perfectly rich, buttery and garlic-y shrimp! You can serve it as is or toss it over pasta for an amazing easy and quick dinner! This easy shrimp pasta recipe can be made in under 30 minutes. The sooner that you try it, the sooner that you’re going to be planning on how you can make it over and over again!

Shrimp Scampi is made with a few key flavors: butter, garlic, white wine, parsley and shrimp! It is not traditionally made with capers, but once we added them, there is no going back. The salty little bites mixed in add so much to this shrimp pasta and it’s almost become our favorite part. Like a piccata style dish, the garlic, lemons and capers play amazingly well together.

What Is Shrimp Scampi?

Shrimp Scampi is an American take on a dish that was originally made in Italy with a crustacean by the name of Scampi. When the recipe started being made in the United States, Americans made the dish with shrimp instead of Scampi. Yet somehow, both names stuck and now this dish is called Shrimp Scampi!

Traditionally the dish was served over pasta, but it is also often served with just the shrimp, buttery sauce and a hunk of crusty bread for soaking up the sauce. Both ways are delicious, it just depends on how hungry you are!

Up close image of Shrimp Scampi tossed with pasta and fresh parsley.

Do I have to add Capers?

If you’ve never had capers before, you’re in for a treat! Capers are like little bursts of salt that just add in a quick flavor to each bite. And while you can totally eat them on your own, they’re best with buttery lemon recipes featuring chicken, shrimp and fish. I’ve also added capers to the tops of my salads and that’s been a tasty treat as well. 

The addition of the capers in this Shrimp Scampi really puts this recipe over the top. The flavors of the shrimp, butter, lemon, garlic, white wine and capers work together perfectly to give this dish such a huge “pop” of flavor. The capers also add a fun additional splash of color to this dish as well! 

However, all that said, they are optional! If you leave them out, you will have a traditional Shrimp Scampi recipe! If you add them, you will fall madly in love with this recipe. So you know, the option is obviously yours….but add the capers!

Ingredients for Shrimp Scampi in a large pan.

Shrimp Scampi Ingredients

You probably already have many of these ingredients on hand to make this easy shrimp pasta dish:

  • Fettuccine pasta
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Dry white wine
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Seafood seasoning
  • Black pepper
  • Capers
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese

Can you use shrimp that isn’t peeled or deveined?

You could…but why? This just cuts out such a huge and painful process that you can easily buy already done for you. And if you’ve ever tried deveining shrimp on your own, you know that it’s quite the process. Leave it to the experts and purchase it already done so that you can just focus in on cooking them up with ease!

Shrimp Scampi without wine?

The dry white wine can be substituted with chicken broth if you wish to leave it out. It does alter the flavor a little, but with enough garlic and butter, you will still be enjoying every bite.

Shrimp Scampi with a slice of lemon on a plate with a fork.

How to make shrimp scampi

  1. Boil: For the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta. Cook according to package directions, until al dente. Drain the pasta.
  2. Sauté: While the pasta is boiling, in a sauté pan over medium-high heat melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add shrimp, shallots, garlic, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, capers, and whine. Cook, stirring often.
  3. Combine: Once shrimp turn pink, about 5 minutes, toss in cooked pasta. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and parsley.
  4. Serve: Toss to coat and serve immediately. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, as desired.

Shrimp cook very fast! So prepare your ingredients before you start cooking. Once you start cooking, things will move quickly and you will be thankful you have all your ingredients prepped and ready!

Shrimp Scampi in a pan tossed with pasta with a glass of wine.

Tips for the best Shrimp Scampi

  • Use a good quality white wine. I use a Sav Blanc or Chardonnay when cooking this recipe. You can also use a Pinot Grigio, but I would not recommend a sweeter white wine for the best possible flavor.
  • Change up the pasta. You can also use any type of pasta that you want as well. I used fettuccine, but this dish is also amazing with something super thin like angel hair pasta. There is no wrong pasta choice here, use whatever you have in the pantry!
  • Be prepared. This recipe is very quick and you will need to move quick! I have all my ingredients prepped and ready so I don’t have to stop to grab anything. You don’t want to overcook your shrimp, they will become rubbery fast.

Can I make this dish ahead? How should I store the leftovers?

This dish can not be made ahead, it’s best made and served fresh. Once the shrimp are cooked, they will turn rubbery if you try to reheat them. The leftover pasta will also soak up any sauce and become dry once you try storing any leftovers. This is one of those dishes you enjoy fully and skip dessert, because the leftovers just won’t be worth it.

If you want to make this for a dinner party or guests, you can prep your ingredients ahead. Have them ready to go and measured you. The rest will go quickly and you will be serving an amazing dinner in just minutes!

Up close image of shrimp scampi pasta tossed together with parmseasn cheese.

This Shrimp Scampi is the perfect easy dinner idea for a quick weeknight meal or an easy dinner recipe to serve and impress guests. Serve it with a fresh salad and a glass of white wine and you will have a restaurant worthy dinner in minutes!

Leave a review or comment below letting us know how this Shrimp Scampi recipe turns out for you! We hope you will love it as much as we do!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Shrimp Scampi

Up close image of Shrimp Scampi tossed with pasta and fresh parsley.

This buttery garlic shrimp scampi served over pasta with capers, a dash of white wine and lemon is loaded with flavor and ready in minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic. minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, optional
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup drained capers
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese, for topping

Instructions

  1. For the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta. Cook according to package directions, until al dente. Drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan over medium high heat melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add shrimp, shallots, garlic, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, capers and whine. Cook stirring often.
  3. Once shrimp turn pink, about 5 minutes, toss in cooked pasta. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and parsley.
  4. Toss to coat and serve immediately. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, as desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 2498mgCarbohydrates: 30gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 23g

1 Comment

  • Kerri
    June 15, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Rick will love this! Looks delicious!

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