The word “scampi” refers to an Italian dish made with lobster or shrimp that’s poached in white wine, garlic, and chicken stock and served with parmesan cheese. Scampi can refer to the cooking style or the lobster or shrimp themselves. Shrimp Scampi is the same as above but served over pasta, usually spaghetti or linguine.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe

Shrimp Scampi Pasta is classic Italian comfort food! It’s made with butter, garlic, white wine, chicken stock, lemon juice, parsley, and shrimp.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword garlic, pasta, shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 507kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 pounds extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

FOR SERVING (optional):

  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly grated Parmesan


  • Cook the spaghetti as per package instructions, and drain and toss the pasta with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • While the pasta boils, cook the shrimp. In a large and deep heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook, while stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Pour in the wine and chicken stock, and bring the mixture to a boil.
    How to make Shrimp Scampi? - Step 2
  • Gently place the shrimp in the boiling liquid and cook until the shrimp are just beginning to turn translucent about 2 minutes. Gently stir the shrimp, reduce the heat to medium, and cover the pan. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through, about another 2 minutes.
    How to make Shrimp Scampi? Step 3
  • Use a slotted spoon to move the shrimp to a bowl.
    How to make Shrimp Scampi? - Step 4
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and cook the liquid until it is reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Add the butter pieces to the pan and whisk them into the sauce. Whisk in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    How to make Shrimp Scampi? - Step 5
  • In a large serving bowl add the drained spaghetti, the sauce, shrimp, and chopped fresh parsley. Toss to coat and serve with lemon wedges and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    Shrimp Scampi reigns supreme as some of my favorite Italian comfort food. It’s so easy to make, incredibly flavorful (thank you garlic!), and everyone just loves it! While fresh shrimp can be a bit on the expensive side, making Shrimp Scampi Pasta at home is far less expensive than ordering it at your favorite Italian restaurant, so fresh shrimp is definitely worth the splurge!


Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3.4mg