Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Classic Shrimp Scampi in a bowl

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
178 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 178
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 145mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic shrimp scampi recipe is sometimes called Gilroy garlic shrimp, after Gilroy, California, known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." It's a simple, garlicky classic that takes just a few minutes to prepare.

"Very quick recipe to toss with pasta, top on sourdough bread or just serve as is. You can definitely taste the garlic but it's not overpowering, and the butter gives it a creamy texture. Overall, it's a recipe that I'll absolutely try again." —Tara Omidvar

Classic Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly-ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf italian parsley

  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, optional

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Shrimp Scampi ingredients in bowls

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  2. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    Shrimp with salt and pepper on a plate

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  3. Place a large skillet over high heat, and add the olive oil.

    Oil in a skillet on the burner

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  4. When the oil is very hot, add the shrimp and sauté on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are about halfway cooked.

    Shrimp cooking in a skillet

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  5. Add the garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.

    Shrimp and garlic cooking in a skillet

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  6. Add the wine, if using, and let simmer until reduced by half.

    Shrimp, garlic and wine cooking in a skillet

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  7. Add the cold butter, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another minute, or until the shrimp are cooked through.

    Shrimp, garlic and butter cooking in a skillet

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  8. Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley, oregano if using, and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

    Classic Shrimp Scampi with parsley in a skillet

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Recipe Variation

Make Garlic Shrimp Pasta:

Boil 12 ounces pasta, such as linguine or spaghetti, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta. Make garlic shrimp, adding the cooked pasta and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to the skillet along with the butter in step 7. Toss together until the butter has melted and the shrimp is cooked through. Add more pasta water if it's too dry. Finish with the herbs, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy! Serves 4.