Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (2024)


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Our Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi is ready before you know it - in just about 15 minutes! This seafood dish features lots of buttery, garlicky, lemony goodness, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Make it the next time your family asks for "fast food" and leave them speechless!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced (see Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

What to Do

  1. Cook linguine according to package directions; keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and heat oil until hot.
  3. Add garlic, salt, and pepper, and saute garlic 1 to 2 minutes. (Do not brown.) Stir in shrimp and cook 3 to 4 minutes, just until pink. Stir in lemon juice and parsley; mix well. Serve immediately over warm linguine.

Mr. Food Test Kitchen Tip!

  • Ten cloves of garlic may sound like a lot but you can't have too much garlic in scampi!
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Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 913
  • Calories from Fat 430
  • Total Fat 48g 73 %
  • Saturated Fat 23g 117 %
  • Trans Fat 1.4g 0 %
  • Protein 31g 61 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 234mg 78 %
  • Sodium 1,528mg 64 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 89g 30 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.4g 17 %
  • Sugars 4.4g 0 %

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (7)


Sep 16, 2021

Good starting point but dont forget a little bit of red pepper flakes and finely minced shallot and a splash of white wine. The larger the shrimp the better. I also like to cut it down the middle and fan it out. It cooks even faster that way, and it has a nicer presentation.

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rac7431 2877525

Nov 08, 2018

But that IS a lot of butter per serving.....but on the other hand I trust a cow over a chemist any day. (butter vs. margarine!!!)

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rac7431 2877525

Nov 07, 2018

We had shrimp scampi this week but I add some bay scallops and some jarred green pesto. Also ad a dash of lemon juice because of the scallops. The pesto is great. I added a small can of drained green peas once or twice and my husband loved it that way!

susieq0408 3577931

Nov 08, 2017

This is how I've made it for years, simple and delicious. If I happen to have white wine on hand, I add a splash of that too!

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (11)


Aug 31, 2017

I love shrimp scampi! I'm happy to find such a simple recipe. I'll get the ingredients tomorrow so I can serve this for Sunday dinner. We enjoy a pasta meal every week at my house. We'll have scampi with a fresh loaf of bread, side salads, and sliced tomatoes from our garden. YUM!

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (12)


Aug 31, 2017

The only thing I change with this recipe is using rice noodles. Tend to be more on the lighter side and absorb the flavors of garlic, evoo, lemon.

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grannytina1 272961 6

Aug 31, 2017

wonderful recipe!

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jam32629 9020315

Aug 31, 2017

sure wish you would post the nutrition facts with your recipes, would use a lot more of your recipes if I knew the calories etc.

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Test Kitchen Team

Aug 31, 2017

Good morning! The nutritional information for this recipe can be found in the section labeled "Nutritional Information", located just below the Notes section; just click "Show More" to read about this recipe. Hope this was helpful! Enjoy. :)

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (16)

WOW!!!! glad there is now a nutritional section for all those that want it really bugs me when they see a recipe full of sugar butter mayonnaise etc or whatever and then they want to know how many calories are in it Thank you

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grannytina1 272961 6

Aug 31, 2017

Hi jam nutritional facts values Are posted here simply click on diabetic recipes at top of page in the green banner by the Mr,Food logo of course if you review a recipe that has butter oil and pasta you instantly know it is a not a plain salad or rubbery skinless boneless poached chicken breasts... common sense goes a long way in recipes and cooking

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dferrigan 3007613

Nov 02, 2016

I use the small shrimp with the tails removed for easier eating. My husband loves the butter and garlic flavors.

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Rrddbb1 8151163

Nov 24, 2015

I always add, depending on the amount of scampi your making, dry mustard. It makes it soooo much better. Try it.

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gwennie3 1806701

Sep 29, 2013

Shrimp Scampi looks great.By the way your pop ups are very exasperating. May be leaving your site shortly because of these.Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 22, 2015

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Half Pint 13

Aug 31, 2012

made this and made noodles too omg to die for i used flat parsley i will try curly next time any ideas or tips from anyone?

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nancytarpley 62947 76

Jun 07, 2012

I want to try this tonite!

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the LL

Apr 16, 2012

I have found using a pinch or two of dried dill weed really perks up the flavor of shrimp scampi. I use less garlic than this recipe calls for as well.

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Paso Shirley

Jan 31, 2012

I tried this recipe; it was good but you better REALLY like garlic. Even my house smelled like garlic for a few days. If I make it again, I would cut the amount of garlic in half. Also, I saw the other comments and took the tails off the shrimp before cooking. Good idea!

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (27)


Dec 15, 2011

In a word; delicious!

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marjorum 9758558

Oct 27, 2011

A very tasty recipe, but it sure is a mess to eat when the tails are left on the shrimp.

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (29)


Oct 07, 2011

This recipe was delicious and a hit with my husband. I will definitely be making this again.

Crazy-Fast Shrimp Scampi (30)


Jan 14, 2011

Mr. Food, You are so right! It's just so good!!!!! Love this recipe, and it was so easy to make. Thank you for this now fav of our family.

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What is the sauce of shrimp scampi made of? ›

Scampi sauce.

In this garlic shrimp scampi, the sauce is made with a bit of butter, olive oil, white wine, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. If you like, a little parsley for garnish.

What's the difference between scampi and shrimp scampi? ›

The word “scampi” is Italian for a type of small crustacean akin to a mini lobster. They're similar to shrimp, but scampi — also known as Dublin Bay Prawn, langoustines, or Norway Lobster — aren't typically found in oceans near the U.S.

What kind of white wine is best for shrimp scampi? ›

The best wine for shrimp scampi is a dry, crisp white wine. We reach for Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or unoaked Chardonnay. The most important thing to remember is to use something you enjoy. Our scampi recipe calls for 1/2 cup of wine, so you will have some leftover to enjoy with the shrimp.

How do you thicken scampi sauce? ›

Add cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) and QUICKLY stir up with a wire whisk – will thicken quickly. Turn heat off and immediately swirl in a chunk of 3 tablespoons of butter with the wire whisk; and swirl in to incorporate and emulsify.

What is creamy scampi sauce made of? ›

The Sauce
  1. Heavy cream. This thickens your sauce and adds a delicious creamy dimension to the dish.
  2. Herb Roasted Tomatoes. ...
  3. White wine. ...
  4. Organic chicken stock. ...
  5. Parmesan cheese. ...
  6. Cajun seasoning blend. ...
  7. Garlic. ...
  8. Freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
Feb 14, 2022

Why leave tails on shrimp scampi? ›

For one, leaving the tails on will help you grip the shrimp better. It will also give your dish extra flavor and moisture and make them look larger and more visually appealing. In addition, shrimp tails are beneficial to your health.

Why is scampi so expensive? ›

Much of our langoustine is exported to Europe where the whole fish still in its shell is highly prized. But most langoustines end up as scampi. Although langoustines are relatively abundant, scampi's popularity means it is expensive.

Why do Americans say shrimp scampi? ›

It's widely believed the “scampi” refers to the style of cooking the shrimp — and this usage is typically accepted — though it's not totally technically accurate. The word “scampi” is Italian for a type of small crustacean akin to a mini lobster.

What is a good cheap white wine for shrimp scampi? ›

Best White Wine For Cooking Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a dish that can easily become overpowered by a sweet wine, so dry wines like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio are the best options. They both help keep the dish from becoming too rich and have a low chance of caramelizing during the cooking process.

What is the best cheap white wine for shrimp scampi? ›

#1 Pinot Gris

Shrimp scampi Pinot Grigio wine pairing can be a perfect match for a heavily-seasoned dish. Pinot Grigio is a light-bodied white wine that pairs well with seafood dishes like shrimp scampi.

What is scampi sauce made of olive garden? ›

What is Olive Garden Scampi Sauce Made Of? The main ingredients of this sauce are butter, onion, garlic, white wine, chicken stock, and herbs.

Why do you soak shrimp in milk before frying? ›

Should I Soak My Shrimp? This one comes down to the chef's preference. Some prefer to soak seafood in milk before cooking to keep it from tasting too fishy. If you choose to soak your shrimp, you should do so with whole milk for at least 10 minutes.

Why add baking soda to shrimp before cooking? ›

Alkaline baking soda slightly alters the pH of the shrimp, making them as plump and succulent as lobster and resistant to overcooking. The brine also causes the meat to pull away from the shells while cooking, so you get all the great flavor of shell-on shrimp without the hassle.

What not to do when cooking shrimp? ›

  1. Mistake #1: Buying Shrimp With the Heads Still On.
  2. Mistake #2: Not Deveining Your Shrimp.
  3. Mistake #3: Thawing Improperly.
  4. Mistake #4: Overcooking.
  5. Mistake #5: Throwing Away the Shells.

What is traditional scampi made from? ›

Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells (also called langoustines). Italian cooks in the United States swapped shrimp for scampi, but kept both names. Thus the dish was born, along with inevitable variations.

What is proper scampi made from? ›

In most countries, especially Italy, scampi means the peeled tail of pretty much any kind of prawn but in the UK it refers to the meat of just one special prawn: the langoustine. Langoustine is a small lobster found in the colder waters of Scotland, Ireland and Norway.

What is the composition of scampi? ›

Scampi is a seafood dish that includes various preparations of certain crustaceans, especially langoustine (the Italian name of which gives the dish its name), as well as shrimp or prawns. Scampi preparation styles vary regionally.

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