The Perfect Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Shrimp scampi
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Shrimp scampi is a classic Italian dish, traditionally made with garlic, white wine, and butter sauce. It’s as easy to make as it is delicious and goes great with a pile of pasta or simply some crusty bread. Of course, many variations of the dish were created over the years, but the basics remain similar. Here’s how to make a perfectly flavorful shrimp scampi in under 30 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine 
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ¾ pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley
  • Freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter and olive oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. 
  2. Add wine, salt, red pepper flakes and plenty of black pepper and bring to a simmer. Let the wine reduce by half, about two minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and cook until they turn pink, two to four minutes depending on their size. The trick is to cook them just long enough that they turn pink all over, but not until they curl into round shapes and get a rubbery texture.
  4. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and serve over pasta or accompanied by crusty bread.