This easy Shrimp Scampi recipe is quick enough for a weeknight and elegant enough to serve to guests. 

Juicy shrimp are quickly pan-fried and then smothered in a garlicky white wine sauce, this meal is on the table in just 15 minutes!

It’s super easy to prepare and absolutely delicious.

adding sauce to Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

A Fast and Easy Weeknight Recipe

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

Shrimp Scampi is a dish made with shrimp (or prawns) cooked in a garlic, butter, and white wine sauce. The scampi sauce can be spooned over pasta or serve this shrimp scampi recipe as a first course with artisan bread for dipping.

Some shrimp scampi recipes call for parmesan cheese, but I prefer the sauce without it and to have some on 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 the pasta!

Ingredients for shrimp scampi include shrimp (of course), garlic, butter, olive oil, white wine, and simple seasonings.

  1. COOK SHRIMP – Cook garlic & butter until fragrant per the recipe below. 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.

If you’d like, squeeze a little lemon juice overtop for a fresh bright flavor.

adding wine to pan to make Shrimp Scampi

Wine for Scampi

The best wine for scampi is a crisp dry white wine that you’ll enjoy drinking with your amazing meal! Try Pinot Grigio, Viognier, a dry Riesling, or Sauvignon Blanc.

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

Tips for Perfect Shrimp Scampi

  • 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. The dish will take just minutes to come together.
  • If serving as an appetizer, include crusty bread or crostini for sopping up the scampi sauce.
Shrimp Scampi in a frying pan

Shrimp Favorites

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!

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Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy Shrimp Scampi has a delicious white wine butter sauce. Serve over spaghetti, angel hair pasta, or with bread and a side salad for an easy meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


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


  • Melt the butter and olive oil in 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 black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.



*If you prefer a less spicy dish, you may want to start with less of red pepper flakes.
  • Buy peeled and deveined shrimp to save prep.
  • The shrimp look pretty with the tails on, perfect if serving as an appetizer. If serving over pasta, choose shrimp without tails.
  • The ingredients (including the garlic) can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. The dish takes just minutes to come together.
  • If serving as an appetizer, include crusty bread or crostini for sopping up the scampi sauce.
4.98 from 272 votes

Nutrition Information

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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
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  1. This shrimp scampi is a hit with family and friends. I love Holly’s recipes and this is a keeper! Tender not chewy shrimp. The sauce is so rich.5 stars

  2. it was so good and removing the shrimp while sauce reduces so the shrimp were juicy and tender not overcooked and chewy like alot of shrimp recipes do…a new family favorite. your recipes don’t disappoint!5 stars