Shrimp scampi is a delicious American-Italian dish made with tender shrimp and a flavorful buttery sauce that is quick and easy to make in 15 minutes.
- 8 ounces long pasta, linguine, angel hair, spaghetti, or fettuccine (1/2 pound)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (or white wine)
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- chili flakes (optional)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add linguine and cook until al dente according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water in a bowl. Drain the noodles well and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high until bubbly, about 1 minute. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Pour in chicken stock and bring it to a simmer, about 1 minute.
- Add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn pink. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add lemon juice, parsley, and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Stir well until smooth and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes
- Add cooked linguine and toss well to coat evenly. Top with chili flakes (if desired) and serve immediately.
Tips for cooking shrimp: Overcooked shrimp is tough and unpleasant to eat. The trick to making perfectly cooked shrimp is removing it from the heat once the shrimps turn pink and their tails start to curl inward.
How to store: Shrimp scampi tastes best served fresh. If you have any leftovers, allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.
How to reheat: When reheating shrimp scampi, it’s important to be mindful to not overcook the shrimp. You can heat this dish in the microwave on medium-low heat for a few minutes or in a pan on the stovetop, also over medium-low heat. In both cases, stir occasionally.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Shrimp
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: shrimp scampi, garlic shrimp, stovetop shrimp, shrimp with pasta