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Recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon

This simple recipe for shrimp scampi with garlic and lemon is absolutely delicious and satisfying. This dish will be on your table in less than 30 minutes flat. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2


  • 3/4 lb (12 oz) raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt (more as needed)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1 shallot (or small onion), finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 c white wine
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1-1/2 c chicken/seafood stock (more as needed)
  • 12 oz your favorite pasta
  • 2 Tbsp chives (or Italian flat leaf parsley), chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (maybe...taste first before possibly adding more lemon juice)


  • Clean and pat dry shrimp
  • Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil (keep remaining 2 Tbsp for later), salt, pepper, lemon zest, and hot pepper flakes
  • Mix and marinate no longer than 30 minutes. If you marinate for more than 20 minutes, you’ll start making ceviche (another delicious way to prepare shrimp, but that’s not our goal here) 😃
  • Grab a pan and heat the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat
  • Add shallots and cook for about 2 minutes
  • Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add white wine and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes
  • Add butter and marinated shrimp
  • Cook shrimp just until they’re pink on the outside...just a couple minutes.
  • Add chicken stock (or a mixture of chicken and seafood stock)
  • Add pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil and put the lid on.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, serve and sprinkle with some chopped chives (or Italian flat leaf parsley)
  • Add lemon juice - only if needed. Taste first.