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 scampi on top of bucatini pasta on white plate

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!

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos are made in just 15 minutes and a favorite on Taco Tuesday. Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers are a deliciously easy recipe to toss on the grill and only take 29 minutes to make!

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!

Overhead shot of shrimp scampi over cooked pasta on white plate

What is shrimp scampi made of?

Shrimp scampi is made of a sauce with butter, garlic, white wine and lemon juice. Fresh shrimp, kosher salt and black pepper are tossed in the sauce to complete the dish.

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.

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 white wine in shrimp scampi?

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 should I serve with Shrimp Scampi?

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!

For a side salad to serve with this dish, try a Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad or Quinoa Caprese Salad.

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.

Shrimp over pasta, topped with chives and lemon zest on white plate

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Shrimp on top of pasta on plate with gold fork swirling pasta on the side of the plate
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Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Lemon butter garlic shrimp scampi is easy to make in only 15 minutes! Serve this delicious recipe with pasta, or with zoodles for a healthy, keto meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 253 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add 2 tbsp butter to a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Once melted, add the crushed garlic cloves.
  3. Sauté 1-2 minutes, then add the white wine.
  4. Reduce for 5-6 minutes, then add 4 tbsp butter, whisking all of the ingredients together.

  5. Cook 2-3 minutes, then turn the heat off, cover the saucepan and set aside.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tbsp butter to a large skillet.

  7. Once the butter is melted, add the shrimp.

  8. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  9. Cook 3-4 minutes, flipping the shrimp half way through.
  10. Add the lemon juice, then add the garlic butter sauce.
  11. Sauté 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and top with the lemon zest and chives.
  12. Serve over cooked pasta or with your choice of side.

Recipe Notes

If serving with pasta, be sure to boil the water before starting the shrimp scampi recipe. 

For a low carb option, serve this dish with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

White grape juice can be used as a substitute for white wine sauce. In a pinch, chicken broth can also be used instead of the white wine.