Indulge in this Shrimp Scampi Linguine for a special occasion dinner. Shrimp cooked in garlic butter sauce with a splash of white wine, then tossed with linguine.
Whether it’s a dinner for TWO or a crowd, this simple shrimp scampi recipe is quick, easy and light on the ingredients, that is guaranteed to impress.
For more shrimp recipes, try our Shrimp Penne alla Vodka or Cajun Dirty Rice with Shrimp .
I can’t emphasise enough how much I enjoy cooking with shrimp, or prawns as they are known in my part of the world. Delicious sweet flavour, light and lean and incredibly quick to prepare!
Needless to say, shrimp recipes are always popular in my house.
Shrimp scampi is such a classic in Italian cuisine, and the reason for it lies in its simplicity.
What is Shrimp Scampi?
The reason shrimp scampi is a perfect shrimp recipe is because it allows the natural flavour of shrimp shine without masking it with too many ingredients. All you need is…
- dry white wine
- fresh lemon juice
- and salt
How to make it
This sauce is so delicious despite its simplicity, and pairs incredibly with pasta. Although not 100% Italian in origin, this pasta dish is a great Italian American invention that lives on.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- Use the freshest and the best quality ingredients you can afford. The ingredient list is very short in this recipe, therefore no way of hiding inferior quality.
- It’s very important not to overcook shrimp. Unlike most meat it doesn’t benefit from longer cooking. Insead of becoming more tender, it becomes rubbery.
- Let the scampi sauce reduce a little, so it doesn’t taste too acidic from white wine and lemon juice.
- Use sliced garlic over minced as to not overpower the delicate taste of the shrimp.
- Fresh lemon juice will deliver much more vibrant and crisp flavour.
Best Wine to Use
I recommend using dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Never a cooking wine.
When I don’t have an open bottle of white wine I often substitute it with Vermouth that keeps in a cupboard much longer since it’s a fortified wine.
A light and vibrant salad will go very well to balance out the richness of the garlic butter scampi sauce. My Tuscan Panzanella Salad or Basil Pesto Caprese Salad will keep you within the Italian theme.
Don’t forget some crusty bakery-style bread like my No Knead Farmhouse Bread to mop up that delicious sauce!
And to finish the meal go with just a little bite of sweetness. These Chocolate Cake Truffles are small but extremely satisfying and won’t put you over the edge at the end of a meal.
For my favourite pasta recipes check out
- Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
- Creamy Pasta with Pancetta and Peas
- Pasta with Smoked Salmon
- Creamy Tagliatelle with Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms and Truffle Oil
Shrimp Scampi Linguine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic sliced
- salt to taste
- ½ lbs shrimp/prawns
- ½ lemon juice only
- 125ml/1/2cup dry white wine
- ½ lbs linguine
- 1-2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- Cook the linguine in a large pot of salted, boiling water according to package instructions.
- A few minutes before the pasta is cooked, set a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil with 1 tbsp butter to the pan. Once the butter is melted, add shrimp with a pinch of salt and cook for 1 minute on each side, then remove to a separate plate.
- To the same pan add the remaining butter and sliced garlic and saute over low heat for 1 minute, then add lemon juice and wine, bring to a slow simmer and let it bubble away for 2-3 minutes until the sauce reduces a bit. Keep it warm on low heat.
- Once the pasta is done, drain it while reserving ½ cup of pasta water. Add the pasta water and the pasta to the sauce, return the shrimp with the juices back to the pan and toss everything together. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Then sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Sharon Simmons says
I made this for my granddaughters 14th birthday( requested) my intire family loved it and wanted more. will be a favorite of ours.
Julia Frey (Vikalinka) says
I love this! Thank you for sharing this with me, Sharon!
Brought shrimp back from the Gulf Coast to Tennessee a couple weeks ago and was looking for a light shrimp recipe! This was just what I was looking for! Amazing and light and the shrimp was definitely the “STAR”! I did use vermouth and angel hair pasta (didn’t have linguine on hand) and it was fantastic!
Thanks for a sharing a great recipe and one I will definitely use again and share it with friends!
Julia Frey (Vikalinka) says
I am thrilled you enjoyed it, Donna!
most people and even chefs are not aware that Prawns and Scampi are different creatures and shrimp comes in several colors ,, I find the most flavorful sweet ones are deep water Argentina reds,,, also spot prawns ,,tigers are hard to find blue oink green grey ,,,deep water and gulf totally diff in taste and iodine like flavor which can be removed by adding table spoons white vinegar to very salty water ,,,never buy shrimp imported from Indonesia farm raisin in old rice patties ,,,always ask for the best and you will get the best ,,this recepi is very good I use chardonnay and butter 50 50 a good olive oil..
Our family loves any kind of shrimp pasta! This shrimp scampi linguine looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it, I bet it’s so delicious. 😋
Thanks so much, Dina!
Oh my! This looks amazing! I bet the wine adds so much flavor to the shrimp scampi. Looking forward to trying this pasta dish. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂
The wine really adds complexity to the garlic and butter sauce, Valentina. This dish is so simple yet it feels like a treat. 🙂
Shrimp scampi with linguine is one my favorite comfort meals. I love how easily it comes together for a quick date night in or you can easily feed a family.
I couldn’t agree more, Katya! Thank you for your comment.
The shrimp scampi linguine looks so good, it takes me back to our trip to Italy. My older son loves shrimp and this will be his favorite dish ever. Thanks for an awesome recipe!
Thank you so much, Natalya! It’s my daughter’s favourite. She is the biggest seafood lover in the family. 🙂