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Simple and Savory Shrimp Scampi Recipe

A quick and easy weeknight dinner idea, this fancy-looking yet simple shrimp scampi recipe with garlic is sure to impress the entire family!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, seafood, shrimp
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Jane and Sonja


  • ½ lb. angel hair pasta
  • cup pasta water reserved after cooking
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh squeezed juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped for topping
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese for topping


  • Boil the pasta according to box directions. Be sure to reserve ⅓ cup of the pasta water after cooking.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then add garlic. Saute for about one minute.
  • Add shrimp to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook 1-2 minutes more, until shrimp are starting to turn pink.
  • Add the pasta water, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer, and cook 2-3 minutes, until the liquid reduces and the shrimp is cooked through.
  • Stir in 2 tbsp. Butter, and squeeze in juice of ½ a lemon- less if you don’t like much lemon flavor.
  • Remove from the heat. To serve, plate your pasta, then spoon shrimp and sauce over top, add fresh chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 312mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 991IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 4mg