Classic Italian-American Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi
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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 2 main courses (serves 2)

Shrimp scampi is part of the repertoire of classic Italian-American dishes I grew up with: fresh, garlicky and always a little oily, shrimp scampi needs good bread or pasta to soak up that delicious butter and olive oil. The best part about shrimp scampi is that it is quick and easy to make and it works perfectly as a holiday dinner.

Another tasty Italian dish is Spicy Italian Fra Diavolo.


  • 1 lb shrimp (large, peeled)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pasta or bread

Steps to Make It

  1. If you are serving the scampi with pasta, set the water to a boil and add a palmful of salt. When it boils, put a large saute pan on another burner and turn the heat on high.

  2. Slice the garlic cloves as thin as you can.

  3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and the butter and olive oil to the saute pan.

  4. Sauté the garlic for a minute or so—do not let it burn—and then add the red pepper flakes.

  5. Add the white wine and a little salt and let it boil furiously for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the shrimp.

  6. Let the shrimp jump in the pan over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn them and add the parsley and the black pepper. Wait one minute and then mix well and turn off the heat.

  7. The pasta should be done by now, so drain it.

  8. Add the lemon juice to the scampi, then mix it with the pasta and serve at once. If you're going the bread route, just pour the scampi in a bowl and have at it!