Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Scampi
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Lemon butter garlic shrimp scampi is easy to make in only 15 minutes! Serve this delicious recipe over pasta, or with zoodles for a healthy, keto meal!
Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins to make easy weeknight dinners. It cooks up so quickly. It’s easy to make a recipe in 29 minutes or less!
One of my favorite shrimp recipes is Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp. It’s delicious served over rice or in tacos and made in just 26 minutes!
When it comes to Italian style shrimp, classic shrimp scampi is where it’s at! There really is nothing better than warm garlic butter sauce poured over succulent shrimp with a fresh zest of lemon!
Shrimp scampi is traditionally served over a plate of cooked spaghetti or bucatini pasta. (My personal favorite!) But you can also mix things up and serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a low carb meal.
No matter how you serve it, you’re going to fall in love with the lemony, buttery goodness of this dish!
Table of contents
How to make shrimp scampi
- Melt butter in a small sauce, add minced garlic and saute.
- Add white wine to the saucepan and reduce for 5-6 minutes.
- Add more butter and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Cover the saucepan, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add shrimp.
- Salt and pepper the shrimp to taste and cook for 3-4 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through.
- Add lemon juice to the skillet, along with the garlic butter sauce.
- Saute 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat and top with lemon zest and chopped chives.
Frequently asked questions
- What is the best white wine for shrimp scampi? A crisp, dry white wine such as a pinot grigio or sauvignon black pairs perfectly with this dish.
- What can I use as a substitute for the white wine? White grape juice can be substituted for the white wine in this recipe. In a pinch, chicken broth can also be used if white grape juice isn’t available.
- Is shrimp scampi keto? Yes, this shrimp scampi recipe is only 2 carbs per serving. To make a complete keto meal, serve the scampi with a low carb side. Zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or a spinach salad are all great options.
What to serve with it
I like to serve the shrimp scampi over bucatini pasta. Bucatini is a hollow spaghetti and it works perfectly with this dish. Traditional spaghetti can also be used. Be sure to boil water for the pasta before starting the shrimp scampi recipe.
If you’re looking for something low carb, use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. The zucchini noodles can be cooked on the stove in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
Roasting a spaghetti squash prior to preparing the shrimp is also a great way to serve this dish. Simply slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, then brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and into a 400°F oven for 45-60 minutes.
Use a fork to create “noodles” with the spaghetti squash, then fill the squash with the shrimp scampi. Yummy, low carb, healthy and gluten free!
To sop up all of the delicious garlic butter scampi sauce, serve the dish with a toasted baguette or garlic bread. If you want to step it up a notch, try these Cheesy Garlic Bread Nachos or this Homemade Rosemary Focaccia Bread.
More Italian recipes
For more easy Italian recipes, made in 29 minutes or less, check out these delicious dishes!
- Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan
- Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Goat Cheese
- One Pot Vegetarian Pesto Tortellini
- Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale
- Creamy Vegetarian Tortellini Soup
- Three Cheese Baked Ziti
Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Scampi
- 8 tbsp butter, divided
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- ¼ cup white wine
- 20 medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped
- Add 2 tbsp butter to a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Once melted, add the crushed garlic cloves.
- Sauté 1-2 minutes, then add the white wine.
- Reduce for 5-6 minutes, then add 4 tbsp butter, whisking all of the ingredients together.
- Cook 2-3 minutes, then turn the heat off, cover the saucepan and set aside.
- Add the remaining 2 tbsp butter to a large skillet.
- Once the butter is melted, add the shrimp.
- Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
- Cook 3-4 minutes, flipping the shrimp half way through.
- Add the lemon juice, then add the garlic butter sauce.
- Sauté 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and top with the lemon zest and chives.
- Serve over cooked pasta or with your choice of side.
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