This recipe for Easy Shrimp Scampi is one of my go-to weeknight meals. It's filling but still feels light and healthy, and...it's delicious. Lemon, butter, garlic, parsley all meld together to coat the shrimp and pasta so that each bite is full of flavor. It only takes about 20 minutes to come together, meaning you can have a delicious homemade dinner on the table fast right after you walk in the door.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is it's a Millennial Staple Meal. That means you can keep every single one of these ingredients in your freezer, pantry, or fridge and they won't go bad before you use them. I always have a bag of frozen shrimp stocked away in my freezer. One thing that makes this so convenient is even if you forget to defrost the shrimp ahead of time, it takes all of 5 minutes under cold running water in a strainer to defrost them. I've always got a box of pasta and a head of garlic in my pantry - those are absolute staples for so many meals. Lemons and butter are staples in my fridge. Lastly, I always have a tube of parsley paste on hand. Parsley paste may sound weird, but it's the easiest way to add flavor to your dishes without having to buy a huge bunch of fresh herbs that will go bad before you can use them all. Find out more about why pastes are the secret to cooking with herbs and spices. I made this recipe probably twice a week in college. Partially because it's so delicious but also partially because it was just so easy to pull together.
Another perk of this recipe is you can't really mess it up - as long as your shrimp are cooked, you're good. The entire ratio of the recipe is flexible and to taste. I start with the butter and garlic to cook the shrimp in, then add lemon juice and parsley. If anything is too strong or too weak, it's safe to add more salt, pepper, and parsley, and then a drizzle of olive oil until the flavors are just right. 20 minutes, all the ingredients you need in your place, and a recipe you can't mess up...this recipe for Easy Shrimp Scampi needs to be added to your weekly dinner rotation!
Makes 2 servings
Other Recipes With These Ingredients: Shrimp: Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce // Parsley: Middle Eastern Grain Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 10-15 jumbo shrimp
- 1/2 box long, skinny pasta (like spaghetti or linguine)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley paste or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Olive oil, salt, & pepper to taste
Gluten Free: Choose a gulten-free pasta. Dairy Free
Not Vegetarian or Vegan Friendly
BEFORE YOU START: GET THE PASTA GOING
1. Boil a pot of salted water for pasta.
2. Add ~1/2 box of pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
MAKE THE SHRIMP
3. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.
4. Once the butter melts, add 2 cloves garlic, minced (use a garlic press!)
5. Add your shrimp. Flip when shrimp begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes.
6. Salt & pepper your shrimp, to taste.
7. After about 2-3 minutes, flip your shrimp over. Continue cooking until shrimp are entirely white/pink and opaque.
8. Add 1 tablespoon parsley paste (or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley) and 3 tablespoons lemon juice and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.
9. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to thin the sauce, if desired.
9. When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the saucepan. Toss to combine.
Lunch Tomorrow, Storing, & Extra Ingredients
LUNCH TOMORROW - Like almost all pasta dishes, this recipe tastes just as good if not better one day later, once the sauce has had a chance to soak into the pasta and the flavors really fuse together. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop for a filling but still light lunch.
STORING - Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 2-3 business days.
EXTRA INGREDIENTS - If you have extra shrimp, check out my Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce. Looking to use up the rest of your parsley? Try my Middle Eastern Grain Bowl or head over to my secret about cooking with herbs & spices post. Use up any lemon in a nice homemade cocktail.