Shrimp Scampi (Easy & Elegant!)

Swimming in a garlicky white wine sauce, this Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe is on the table in just 15 minutes!

A super quick meal that seems like a “fancy dinner”.  Shrimp Scampi is quick enough for a weeknight but elegant enough to serve to guests.  You’ll be amazed at how incredibly easy this dish is to make at home!

pouring on sauce to Shrimp Scampi with a spoon

I love shrimp pasta with hunks of crusty bread (or dinner rolls) for cleaning the plate and this version is extra fast and easy!

What is Shrimp Scampi?

Creamy Shrimp Scampi is a dish made with shrimp (or prawns) in a scampi sauce.

A scampi sauce is a garlic butter and wine sauce, so very simple to make. This dish can be served over pasta or even served on its own as a first course for a dinner party.

A lot of Shrimp Scampi recipes call for parmesan cheese but I left it out of this recipe because it’s not truly “authentic.” I like to have it at the table for family and friends to add if they wish.

ingredients to make Shrimp Scampi

How To Make Shrimp Scampi

The entire recipe (sauce AND shrimp)  can be made in about the same time it takes to boil your pasta! You’ll need just a few simple ingredients….shrimp (obviously), garlic, crushed red pepper (you can skip this if you’re sensitive to spice), butter, olive oil, white wine (also can be subbed with chicken stock), salt, pepper, parsley.

  1. COOK SHRIMP – Cook garlic & butter until fragrant. Add shrimp and cook a couple of minutes. Set aside.
  2. ADD WINE – Pour in some wine and reduce for a few minutes.
  3. TOSS WITH SHRIMP – Add shrimp back to the pan and toss to heat through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

No Wine? No Problem!

If you’re out of wine (or prefer not to use it) you can still enjoy shrimp scampi! Simply replace the white wine with chicken stock or broth. This will change the flavor slightly but it will still be delicious.

adding wine to pan to make Shrimp Scampi

Wine for Shrimp Scampi

Your best bet is a crisp dry white wine that you’ll enjoy drinking with your amazing meal! You may enjoy any of the following:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Viognier
  • dry Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Add a little to the dish and a little to your glass! Cheers!

Shrimp Scampi in a frying pan

Quick Tips

  • Buy peeled and deveined shrimp.
  • The shrimp look pretty with the tails on so they’re great that way if serving as an appetizer but if serving over pasta, I prefer shrimp without tails.
  • The ingredients (including the garlic) can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance so the dish literally takes minutes to put together.
  • If serving as an appetizer include crusty bread or crostini for sopping up the scampi sauce.

Shrimp Favorites

We love this easy Shrimp Scampi recipe so much it’s on regular rotation here during the school year. And the best part? There’s very little cleanup since it’s cooked in just one pot. If you want to skip the pasta (and the bread….but WHY?), you can serve it with a fresh green salad.

Some other shrimp recipes we LOVE that come together just as quickly is this super EASY Shrimp and Grits….or THIS simple Skillet Paella with Shrimp and Chorizo!

Shrimp Scampi in a bowl with lemon slices and fork

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ready in just 10 minutes, this Easy Shrimp Scampi is fantastic for weeknight dinners!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 282
Author Kellie Hemmerly


  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup parsley chopped
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and toss to coat. Cook the shrimp until bright pink and no longer translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a plate and keep warm. 
  • Add the wine to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Return the shrimp to the pan and toss to coat in the sauce. Sprinkle with the parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.


*If you prefer a less spicy dish, you may want to start with less of red pepper flakes.


Calories: 282 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 1021mg | Potassium: 201mg | Vitamin A: 1580IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Shrimp Scampi with a title
pouring sauce on Shrimp Scampi with a title
Shrimp Scampi in the pan with writing
Shrimp Scampi before and after being plated with writing

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