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Inside: An easy shrimp scampi recipe served over pasta. Just 15 minutes from start to finish!
If you are wondering how to make shrimp scampi easily, you have come to the right place. Shrimp scampi may sound fancy but with this recipe, it really couldn’t be easier to make.
And it is so freakin’ good. Rich and buttery, lemony and garlicky, all at the same time. Yum.
While the dish is elegant enough for a dinner party or holiday, it is also perfect for serving the family on busy weeknights. Taking well under 30-minutes to make, it is a lifesaver when you need something quick and easy.
Looking for an even quicker shrimp scampi recipe? Try this Instant Pot shrimp scampi!
My husband and I love Italian food, so this flavorful garlic shrimp scampi pasta is one of our go-to dinners (along with this classic baked chicken parmesan). I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!
More easy dinner recipes to try:
Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
- 1/2 pound angel hair pasta
- 1/3 cup pasta water reserved after cooking
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley chopped
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese for serving
- Cook the pasta al dente according to the instructions on the box. Reserve ⅓ cup of the pasta water after cooking.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for one minute.
- Add shrimp to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook 1-2 minutes more, until the shrimp are starting to turn pink.
- Pour in the pasta water and add the red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer, and cook 2-3 minutes, until the liquid reduces and the shrimp are cooked through.
- Stir in the butter and squeeze in the juice of ½ a lemon (use less if you want less lemon flavor). Remove from the heat.
- To serve, plate the pasta and spoon shrimp and sauce over top. Top with freshly chopped parsley and serve with parmesan cheese, if desired.
- You can swap the angel hair for another pasta such as linguine or spaghetti.
- If you prefer large or extra-large shrimp, 1 lb of those would work as well.
- If you prefer no tails on your shrimp, remove them before cooking.
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