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    This shrimp scampi is a great delicious and easy meal that is ready to serve in just 15 minutes. Full of fresh flavors, this garlic butter shrimp comes together so easily in one pan.

    easy shrimp scampi recipe in a skillet with a wooden spoon

    This shrimp scampi recipe is a must for you to have in your cooking arsenal. It’s a total lifesaver after a busy day as it comes together so quickly and easily.

    Juicy shrimp are cooked in a delicious and fresh lemon garlic sauce, and I reckon you will have most ingredients for this already on hand.

    If you are after more dinners that you can get on the table quickly, be sure to check out my mahi mahi recipe and my baked chicken and potatoes is a great hands-off sheet pan meal.

    Why This Recipe Works

    • Cooking the shrimp quickly keeps them from getting overcooked.
    • Adding lemon juice and lemon zest at the end gives this dish a nice and bright taste.
    • Using dry wine (like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sémillon, and dry sparkling wines) brings out the lively fruit notes of the wine and adds the best flavor to the dish.

    Shrimp Scampi Ingredients

    To make this simple shrimp scampi recipe, you will need:

    • Olive oil and butter
    • Shrimp – use fresh or frozen shrimp (completely thawed), peeled and deveined with tail on or off. Make sure your shrimp is ready before you heat the oil in the skillet because this recipe goes very fast.
    • Salt and pepper
    • Garlic cloves
    • White wine – If you want to make shrimp scampi without wine, you can substitute the wine with chicken or vegetable stock.
    • Lemon juice and zest – Adds so much fresh and delicious flavor to the meal
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Fresh parsley
    shrimp scampi ingredients on a board

    The garlic butter shrimp scampi sauce is made without cream so this is a great healthier option that also happens to be low carb.

    How To Make Shrimp Scampi

    • Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to the hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
    • Before the shrimp is cooked through, add the minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and cook for about 1-2 minutes until it is reduced by about half. In the meantime, turn the shrimp and cook on the other side.
    • Add the remaining butter, lemon juice, and zest. Take the skillet off the heat and add the chopped fresh parsley.
    making shrimp scampi on the stove

    What To Serve With It?

    This shrimp recipe is low carb and if you want to keep it that way, you can serve the shrimp over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower rice. If you aren’t following a low carb diet then you can serve shrimp scampi with rice or pasta. If you like, you can also serve it with a veggie side like green beans with bacon, cucumber salad, roasted garlic cauliflower, or honey glazed carrots.

    Can you use fresh or frozen shrimp?

    I prefer to use fresh shrimp, but if you have frozen, you can use frozen if that’s what you have. If you use frozen, be sure to thaw them all the way through before you add them to the pan.

    Make sure that the shrimp are deveined and shelled. I prefer to leave the tails on, they add more flavor to the finished dish.

    garlic butter shrimp scampi in a cast iron skillet

    Can you make garlic butter shrimp ahead of time?

    You can prep the ingredients up to 24 hours in advance which means that you can cook this meal literally in just few short minutes.

    This easy shrimp scampi recipe is best served as soon as it is made, the shrimp will be perfectly juicy and delicious. If you do have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the garlic butter shrimp on the stovetop on a low heat and take care not to overcook them.

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Buy peeled and deveined shrimp.
    • The shrimp only take a few minutes to cook, so take care not to overcook them. When cooked too much they can become rubbery in texture.
    • Use a dry white wine for this dish, a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will work well.
    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor. Bottled juice is less zingy.

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    Shrimp Scampi

    This shrimp scampi is a great delicious and easy meal that is ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. Full of fresh flavors, this garlic butter shrimp comes together so easily in one pan.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 298kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 4 tbsp butter, divided (2 tbsp & 2 tbsp)
    • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on or off
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ cup dry white wine, i.e. Pinot Grigio *
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • lemon zest of 1 lemon
    • ½ tsp red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, optional

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Heat olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
    • Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to the hot skillet and sear for about 1 minutes on each side.
    • Before the shrimp is cooked through, add the minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and cook for about 1-2 minutes until it is reduced by about half. In the meantime, turn the shrimp and cook on the other side.
    • Add the remaining butter, lemon juice and zest. Take the skillet off the heat and add the chopped fresh parsley. Serve over rice, pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Buy peeled and deveined shrimp.
    • The shrimp only take a few minutes to cook, so take care not to overcook them. When cooked too much they can become rubbery in texture.
    • Use a dry white wine for this dish, a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will work well.
    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor. Bottled juice is less zingy.
    * Chicken stock can be used as a non-alcoholic substitute for white wine.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
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    September 22, 2020

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