Indulge in a taste of the Mediterranean with this irresistible Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi recipe. Plump shrimp bathed in a garlicky, buttery sauce, tossed with pasta, and finished with a squeeze of lemon and fresh parsley – it’s a simple yet soul-satisfying dish that’s perfect for any weeknight meal or special occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound pasta, such as linguine, angel hair, or spaghetti
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prep the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil: In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Sauté the shrimp: Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  4. Deglaze the pan: Pour in the white wine and chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for a few minutes until the liquid reduces by half.
  5. Make the sauce: Add the butter, Parmesan cheese, and parsley to the pan. Stir until the butter melts and the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Combine and serve: Toss the cooked pasta with the shrimp and sauce. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, parsley, and lemon wedges (if using).

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Tips:

  • For extra flavor, use jumbo shrimp or use a combination of shrimp sizes.
  • If you don’t have white wine, you can substitute it with additional chicken broth or lemon juice.
  • To make the dish gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.
  • You can also add other ingredients to the dish, such as cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, or mushrooms.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Savor the Seas with this Irresistible Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi recipe and transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean coast!