This shrimp scampi only takes a few minutes to prepare and is packed with garlicky and buttery flavor. If you are looking for a recipe that can be served as an appetizer or meal, this one is it.
Serve this over pasta or straight up as a restaurant-worthy meal. Serve the shrimp scampi in individual serving cups as a lavish appetizer.
This one is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. You’ll love the flavor of the garlic, lemon, and the slightest bit of zing from the red pepper flakes.
Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine
Shrimp Scampi pasta is a delicious dish of shrimp sautéed in garlic and butter and a few other seasonings and served over pasta.
If you love shrimp and pasta, this recipe is for you. Just cook up 8 ounces of linguini, angel hair pasta, or other cooked pasta such as spaghetti and toss it with this shrimp scampi.
It is so simple and does not require wine to make. By the time your pasta is al dente your seafood will be ready too. In fact, it takes less time to cook the shrimp, so start the pasta about 5 minutes before you start cooking the shrimp.
How to Make Shrimp Scampi from Scratch
Warm the oil and butter, then add garlic and the shallot. Sautee until fragrant. 1-2 minutes.
Season with kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes.
Sauté the shrimp in the buttery, garlicky sauce just until it’s cooked through. Approximately 3-5 minutes. When the shrimp are pink in color, starting to curl with a flesh starting to turn white, it is done.
Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Recipe
Make the shrimp recipe above with 1 stick of butter and a little pasta water. Serve over 8 ounces of cooked linguini or spaghetti.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Shrimp?
Toss shrimp is a skillet on medium-high heat. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle on some kosher salt, and cook for 4-6 minutes turning halfway through. When the shrimp is pink on the outside and white on the inside and they have started curling in a circle. They are done.
Be sure not to overcook as they will become little round tires and be very tough to chew.
How Long is Shrimp Good After Thawing?
Once thawed, shrimp that is stored in the refrigerator can last up to 2 days. However, if the shrimp have been thawed in warm water or the microwave, it should be eaten the same day.
How to Tell if Shrimp is Bad?
There are a few signs that you should look for to tell if your shrimp is fresh or has already gone bag.
Smell. Raw shrimp that has a scent of ammonia or a rather fishy smell has gone bad. It is NOT safe to eat.
Any seafood that is shelled or unshelled should not have much of a smell at all except maybe a slightly salty seawater smell.
Sight. Check the shells and color of the shrimp. If the shells are shells appear yellow or gritty, slimy and broken, it is a sign that the shrimp is most likely spoiled.
The shrimp should have shells on yet, they should be firm and still attached to the shell. The shells should have a transparent pearl-looking color that is rather glossy.
Look at the shrimp itself. It should be slightly transparent. If the shrimp is precooked, it should be pink.
If you are purchasing whole shrimp with the heads on yet, check the eyes. Fresh shrimp eyes should be protruding and shiny. Eyes that are sunken or dried out looking means the shrimp is no longer fresh and it should be avoided.
If you leave the end of the tail on the shrimp is prettier.
What to Serve with Shrimp Scampi
Make homemade pasta and serve with this garlicy and buttery shrimp.
This creamy cucumber salad is a classic recipe, and it is incredibly easy to make.
Homemade Potato Chips Recipe is wonderful if you are serving the shrimp as an appetizer.
Easy Seven Layer Salad pairs well with the shrimp scampi.
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
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- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Medium Shallot diced
- 1 Pound Large Shrimp 16-20 count size, peeled, deveined, with the tails removed
- ¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Parsley chopped, dried or fresh
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, add the butter and cook over medium heat until melted.
- Add the garlic, shallot and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the shrimp, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper seasoning to taste. Cook until the shrimp are pink on the outside and white on the inside. Approximately 4 minutes.