Shrimp Scampi Recipe

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Shrimp scampi is my favorite way to have shrimp, and it’s so easy to make. I've tried a lot of different scampi recipes over the years, and though a lot of trial and error, this is the one I've came up with that is my favorite.

Start off by buying the biggest shrimp you can get your hands on. If it isn't deveined, please do so. Also remove the shells, leaving the tails on. Keep those shells though!

Melt 2 TBSP of the butter in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the wine and the shrimp shells. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is reduced and the shells are cooked and pink.

Remove the shells and add in the rest of the butter. Allow to melt and add in seasonings. Add in shrimp and cook until pink and no longer opaque. Add lemon juice during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Jumbo Shrimp Scampi

Delicious jumbo shrimp scampi made with white wine, butter, garlic, and seasonings in just the right order to produce a flavorful sauce.

1 lb Jumbo Shrimp, shell on
8 TBSP divided Butter, salted
3 TBSP Garlic, chopped
2 cups Chardonnay or Riesling
2 TBSP Lemon Juice
2 tsp Parsley
1/2 - 3/4 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder


  1. Clean, devein, and shell shrimp, leaving the tail behind. Keep the shells and set aside. Lay peeled shrimp out on a napkin to dry.
  2. Melt 2 TBSP butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add garlic and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in white wine, and shrimp shells. Turn heat up to medium-high and cook until reduced by 3/4, and shells are pink and cooked.
  4. Remove shells and discard.
  5. Add the remaining 6 TBSP of butter to pan along with parsley, garlic salt, and garlic powder and allow butter to melt. Reduce heat to medium and add shrimp. Cook until pink, making sure the center is white and not opaque, but being careful not to overcook. Add in lemon juice last 1 minute of cooking.
  6. Serve with pasta, rice, or your favorite side dish.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings