shrimp scampi

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


  • 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.


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!

recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchens


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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 :)

  3. says

    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 says

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

  4. says

    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.

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