My biggest pet peeve when going to a restaurant is paying an arm and a leg for a mediocre dish that you can make at home. I have been let down one too many times when ordering shrimp scampi and I know that I am not alone. Not only is this recipe simple, but it’s super tasty. Plus, who doesn’t love a recipe that calls for wine?

20-Minute Shrimp Scampi

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:10 minutes
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Servings:4 servings
  • Medium


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 20-25 peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (sauvignon blanc is best)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 box of angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Step 1

    Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of salted water to a boil.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large fry pan over moderately high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.

  • Step 3

    Then sauté shrimp by placing shrimp on one side for 1 minute and flip it onto the other side for another minute. The shrimp will turn orange when ready. When finished, transfer shrimp to a large bowl.

  • Step 4

    Add garlic, red pepper flakes, wine, salt and pepper to the oil remaining in the pan. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.

  • Step 5

    Add butter to the mixture, stirring until melted, adding in shrimp after. Once the shrimp is coated in sauce, remove skillet from heat.

  • Step 6

    Cook pasta in boiling water according to the package instructions. When cooked, drain and toss pasta with shrimp mixture and squeeze full lemon into mixture.

  • Step 7

    Plate food and pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine.

    Photo by Natsuko Mazany