The 12 Best Shrimp Scampi Recipes

Buttery, Garlicky, and Utterly Delicious

Classic Shrimp Scampi With Garlic

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Shrimp scampi is a popular Italian-American seafood recipe that is perfect for entertaining or date night dinners at home. It calls for cooking shrimp in a buttery sauce with wine, garlic, lemon, and herbs, for a dish with amazing aesthetic appeal and a quick cooking time. In fact, the secret to making the best scampi is removing shrimp from heat once they have turned bright pink, before they become overcooked. Whether you serve scampi as an appetizer with toothpicks, over tender pasta noodles, or with rice, we think it's a dish every home cook should learn to make.

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    Easy Low-Calorie Shrimp Scampi

    Easy Low-Calorie Shrimp Scampi

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    Whip up a lower-calorie shrimp scampi with this yummy recipe that doesn't skimp on flavor. While most shrimp scampi recipes call for loads of butter, this clever version uses only a bit of butter, substituting healthful olive for the rest. This is a great recipe for those on the keto diet — just serve it over cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles, instead of pasta.

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    Shrimp Scampi Paella

    Shrimp Scampi Paella

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    Spanish paella meets Italian shrimp scampi in this Mediterranean fusion seafood dish that looks impressive and takes only an hour to get on the table. Use frozen shrimp scampi to make the preparation simple, adding them to a skillet of gently simmered Spanish-style ingredients, including long-grain rice, canned tomatoes, and pimiento-stuffed olives, for a fantastic weeknight meal.

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    Classic Shrimp Scampi With Garlic

    Classic Shrimp Scampi With Garlic

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    Enjoy classic shrimp scampi with this fragrant, Italian-style preparation for plump, extra-large shrimp cooked in white wine, lemon juice, fresh parsley, scallions, and the most divinely buttery garlic sauce. Saute the shrimp and sauce easily in a skillet, for an elegant dish that is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve as an elegant appetizer or a main course over hot cooked pasta.

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    Shrimp Scampi With Vermouth

    Shrimp Scampi With Vermouth

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    Create restaurant-quality shrimp scampi at home by cooking pink, juicy shrimp in a smooth, olive oil sauce with vermouth. Vermouth adds an extra, herbaceous note to the naturally sweet shellfish, giving this preparation a wonderful balance of flavors. Serve this dish as an appetizer to enjoy with martinis, or ladle it over cooked linguine for a sophisticated main course.

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    Grilled Shrimp Scampi

    Grilled Shrimp Scampi

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    Take classic shrimp scampi to the grill to boost this popular shellfish dish with smoky cookout flavors. Start by laying shrimp right on the grill, to give them a nice char. Place a cast-iron skillet beside them, and create a rich sauce with melted butter, white wine, stock, and seasonings. Combine the shrimp and sauce, for a stunning appetizer to serve with crusty bread.

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    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp

    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp

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    Are you cutting back on carbs, but craving shrimp scampi? Look no further than this virtuous shrimp dish that swaps out pasta noodles for "zoodles" (spiralized zucchini noodles), and takes only 20 minutes from start to finish. Just toss the zoodles with shrimp, lemon, herbs, spices, and just a little olive oil and butter, for a filling, delicious meal. Top with optional grated Parmesan cheese.

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    Baked Shrimp Scampi With Lemon and Garlic

    Baked Shrimp Scampi With Lemon and Garlic

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    Baked shrimp scampi is incredibly easy to prepare, and a great choice when you are serving a crowd. The shrimp draw in the luscious sauce of butter, white wine, garlic, and parsley as they bake, and cook very quickly, for a tasty last-minute appetizer you can set out with toothpicks, for guests to help themselves.

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    Quick Shrimp Scampi

    Quick Shrimp Scampi

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    In only 10 minutes, you can prepare a quick shrimp scampi that is special enough to serve guests. The easy, garlicky butter sauce is a snap to make and includes minced onion and honey Dijon salad dressing for an extra tangy flavor. Toss in some frozen baby peas for a fresh dash of color, and serve over hot cooked rice, quinoa, or noodles.

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    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

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    Chicken and shrimp go together surprisingly well, and this tasty, Italian-American dish is no exception. Bring the wow factor by pan-sauteeing succulent shrimp and tender chicken breast meat in a rich butter-and-olive-oil sauce with garlic, basil, parsley, and a little Creole seasoning. Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta noodles.

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    Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp

    Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp

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    Add sophisticated grilled shrimp scampi to your next cookout party menu. Start by marinating the raw crustaceans in a mixture of butter, olive oil, garlic, white wine, and herbs, to load them up with flavor. Then arrange on skewers, to grill for a couple of minutes per side. Top with more sauce when serving, for a double dose of delicious garlic-butter flavor.

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    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp

    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp

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    Your slow cooker makes scampi-style garlic shrimp a snap to prepare. It takes only an hour to cook once you load up the crockpot with your ingredients, and is a great space-saver when you need your stove-top for other dishes. Creole seasoning, black pepper, and ground cayenne lend this dish a nice kick of Southern-inspired heat.

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    Easy Scampi Sauce for Shrimp

    Easy Scampi Sauce for Shrimp

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    With only a handful of ingredients, you can create the most delicious, easy, warm, buttery, garlic-infused scampi sauce for tossing with peeled, cooked shrimp and al dente pasta noodles. It takes just minutes to prepare, and makes enough sauce for about two pounds of shrimp.