shrimp scampi

February 26, 2014

This recipe kicked my fear of cooking shrimp to the curb. A lot of that had to do with the amazing girl at the grocery store that walked me through the easy process of cooking the small little critters. I was hoping to create a special meal for my husband after a long week apart, but was worried that I might be in over my head. I’ve never cooked seafood in general let alone shrimp scampi! For some reason it makes me feel unsure and nervous in the kitchen. Luckily my grocery store girl quickly shelled, deveined, and gave me a crash coarse in the basics of cooking the jumbo sized goodness.

shrimp scampi recipe

shrimp scampi


  • 1 -1/2 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Place your shrimp into a sallow pie dish in a single layer. Pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat with the butter. Let the butter melt and cover the skillet. Flip the pie plan over the top of the pan so that all of the shrimp fall into it at the same time. Cook without touching for about a minute and then add your garlic. Cook one more minute. Flip and cook two additional minutes. Remove to a bowl.
  3. In that same pan add the wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Stir in the parsley and lemon zest and cook until slightly thickened. Serve over your cooked shrimp.

shrimp scampi lemon

Now… You can serve this over pasta or all on it’s own. Either way you are sure to impress. I was blown away at the simplicity of the entire meal. I had no idea that it took such a short time to get the shrimp to turn that great pink color! And the sauce… TO DIE FOR. If you are looking for a great quick dinner… This is the one for you!

shrimp scampi
recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchens

Comments (14)

  • Laura Muir Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Ha ha. Reading this totally made me laugh, because there is something about cooking with shrimp that kinda makes me nervous too. Isn’t that funny? It’s not like they bite! My husband would be so so surprised if I made something like this for him as a surprise! Thanks for sharing!

  • Aimee @like mother like daughter Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    This looks like something my husband would LOVE! I have bought him seafood for special occasions and he has had to cook it himself – so sad. I can’t wait to try this and surprise him!

  • Jonie Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    This is totally up my alley. I WILL be making these. We are huge shrimp lovers at my house, I just need to make sure to wear gloves until it is cooked so that I don’t end up at the ER again :)

  • Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Wow, this looks wonderful!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  • Michelle Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Wow! Can’t wait to try these, even though I’m paranoid about cooking seafood. Question: did you purchase them already peeled and deveined or did you do the honors yourself? I really dislike that part!!

    Thanks for sharing. I’d really like to try this dish! :)

    • Jesseca Reply

      February 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I got the shrimp from Harmon’s (a local grocery store). They actually peeled and deviened them for me which was so amazing!

  • Debra Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

    We LOVE Shrimp Scampi in our house! I am going to have to for sure try your recipe!

  • Leanne Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I love shrimp. I will be making these even if I’m the only one in my family who eats them.

  • Cyndee Wells/Rude Mom Blog Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This looks so yummy. My husband loves shrimp but me, not so much…but I think I would love to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe and I have bookmarked it for him.

  • Joie Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Shrimp Scampi is one of my favorite meals and one we’ll be eating a bit more with Lent approaching. I think this is such a simple and inexpensive meal to make. Instead of butter I use olive oil though.

  • Ashley S Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Loooooove Shrimp Scampi! I actually made it last week. I’ll have to try this recipe next time :)

  • Shannon @ MamaMusing Online Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This a great recipe. Nice and simple. My husband isn’t that crazy about shrimp, but I think I’ll change his mind yet!

  • Holly C. Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    My husband would love this!! Me- not so much. :) I’ll show him this recipe so that he can cook it for himself. Ha!

    • Jesseca Reply

      February 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I like the way you think Holly!

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