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Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

You can have this elegant, flavorful Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe on the table in under 30 minutes.  The shrimp are sautéed in a lemon garlic butter sauce with crushed red pepper flakes and tossed in a fettuccine with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

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EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI RECIPE

You might know my style by now is all about simple dinners.

But I don’t necessarily think that I have to give up on fancy dishes because I want to put dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.  

If I had all the time in the world I would love to make complicated recipes, and someday I might just have the time to do that.

But while I have two toddlers hanging on me while cooking dinner, simple dinners is where it’s at for me.

When I make this Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe I feel like I am eating an elegant, fancy meal without the hours of work.

When I saw this recipe in a magazine, I knew I had to make something similar.

This Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes reminds me of this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta I made in February but a bit more spice and bold flavors from the sun-dried tomatoes.

This is a great meal for date night, a dinner party with friends or if you are like me, a normal night at home.

For this recipe you can use frozen shrimp, just let them sit out on the counter for a bit while you prepare all of your ingredients, and then they should be ready to throw in and cook.

I prefer to buy fresh shrimp whenever possible but frozen definitely works fine and still tastes good.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe in bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR SHRIMP SCAMPI

SHRIMP

FETTUCCINE

BUTTER

OLIVE OIL

LEMOM JUICE

GARLIC

SPICES

WHITE WINE

SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

FRESH SPINACH

Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Skewers ingredients.

HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

COOK THE PASTA: Cook the pasta according to the package and set aside once done cooking.

SAUTE THE OLIVE OIL AND BUTTER: While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and stir until the butter melts.

ADD THE GARLIC: Add the minced garlic, crushed red pepper and a dash of salt and pepper and stir until fragrant, about 30-40 seconds.

ADD THE SHRIMP: Add the shrimp and cook, turning occasionally, until pink and opaque, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

ADD THE LEMON JUICE: In the same skillet over medium heat add the white wine and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and let simmer for 1 minute, using a wooden spoon to scape the brown bits off of the pan.

ADD SUN-DRIED TOMATOES: Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and pasta into the white wine and sauté until the spinach is wilted. Add the shrimp back in and fresh parsley and sauté for 1 minute.

Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan, parsley and lemon zest.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe with napkin

WHAT PAIRS WITH THIS EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI RECIPE?

I like serving potatoes with our meals throughout the week. Some of my favorites are these Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Spicy Lebanese Potatoes or these Lemon Cilantro Potatoes. 

Adding a salad to your meals is a nice way to get those vegetables and greens in. A few of the ones I serve on repeat are this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing or this Mediterranean Bean Salad.

Simple side dishes work nicely with this shrimp dish. A few I make are this Simple Roasted Broccoli, Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Tahini Sauce or these Za’atar Roasted Carrots. 

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe with logo.

OTHER SHRIMP RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

AIR FRYER COCONUT SHRIMP

HONEY GARLIC SRIRACHA SHRIMP

SAUSAGE SHRIMP FOIL PACK

SHRIMP KALE ARTICHOKE PASTA

EASY CAJUN SHRIMP

EASY SHRIMP CURRY

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe in white bowl

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You can have this elegant, flavorful Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe on the table in under 3o minutes. The shrimp are sautéed in a lemon garlic butter sauce with crushed red pepper flakes and tossed in a fettuccine with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. fettuccine {or pasta of your choice}, cooked
  • 4 tbsps. olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsps. butter
  • 2 tbsps. fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined shrimp, tails removed (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper {more or less depending on spiciness you like}
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine {I used Sauvignon Blanc}
  • 1/3 cup sun-diried tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Lemon zest for garnish
  • Parmesan for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package and set aside once done cooking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and stir until the butter melts. Add the minced garlic, crushed red pepper and a dash of salt and pepper and stir until fragrant, about 30-40 seconds.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook, turning occasionally, until pink and opaque, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat add the white wine and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and let simmer for 1 minute, using a wooden spoon to scape the brown bits off of the pan. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and pasta into the white wine and sauté until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Add the shrimp and fresh parsley and sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan, parsley and lemon zest.

Notes

I like to keep the tails on for presentation but people usually like to remove the tails of the shrimp before cooking.
Feel free to use the pasta of you choice. I think longer pastas, like linguine or fettuccine work best.

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Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

I love shrimp scampi! This dish looks great, I've never thought to add sun dried tomatoes to the dish before!

Julia

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

Thanks Sabrina!

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

That's a gorgeous bowl of deliciousness.

Julia

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

Yes it is! Thanks!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Shrimp pasta is one of my favorite things to cook. It is one of our fancy meals too. This version looks fantastic, totally loving the addition of sun dried tomatoes!

Julia

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks Des! I love shrimp pasta too.

Erin

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Sun-dried tomatoes pack such powerful flavor! Love them in this shrimp scampi. Delicious.

Julia

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks! It does pack a flavorful punch!

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