The 20-Minute Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe

By: Prasanna| Published: 12:18:00 AM
This Red Lobster shrimp scampi recipe is better than a restaurant, ready in under 20mins and very easy to fix for a delicious restaurant-style dinner! This shrimp scampi recipe is an amazing shrimp dish in which shrimp is cooked in a buttery garlic gravy served with linguine.

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If you want to feed your family a restaurant-style meal, this shrimp scampi recipe is perfect!

In under 20mins, you can prepare creamy shrimp scampi with pasta at home for much less than what it will cost you in a restaurant.

I wanted some easy dinner fix like always and this was my easy and quick dinner fix and that too under 30 mins altogether.

Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe

close up of a plate with shrimp scampi with pasta

What is shrimp scampi?

Shrimp scampi is a popular dish served in Red Lobster, which includes juicy shrimp cooked in creamy buttery garlic spiced gravy and served with linguine.

Ingredients For Shrimp Scampi:

  • Shrimp I have used fresh Shrimp here in this recipe but you can use frozen pre-cleaned shrimp too. Use small-sized shrimp for this recipe. You can always go for medium/large shrimp too as they will be juicier.
  • Italian Seasoning Mix:  You can go for store-bought Italian Seasoning or use my homemade combination of Italian Seasoning mix. I have used a blend of  Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Garlic, Onion, and Rosemary.
  • Parmesan: This recipe's most crucial ingredient gives the final dish an amazing flavor.
  • Butter + Olive Oil: I have used a combination of butter and olive oil in this recipe. If you do not wish to use olive oil or butter entirely, skip it and instead use what you like, maybe just vegetable oil, plain olive oil, or simply butter.
  • Linguine / Angel Hair Pasta:  What pasta is to be used in this recipe is entirely up to you. Whatever pasta you have in your pantry you can use it.
  • Chicken Stock / Dry White Wine: The recipe that is mostly used is dry white wine but I have not used it instead I have used chicken stock. You can use vegetable stock too.
How to make Red Lobster shrimp scampi sauce recipe? 

The shrimp scampi sauce is made of butter/oil, garlic, parmesan, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, chicken stock/ dry white wine, pepper, and parsley.
a plate with classic shrimp scampi topped with parmesan and chopped parsley
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Tips to make homemade shrimp scampi:

  • When you are prepping the dish, keep the pasta cooking, so that by the time you are done gathering all the ingredients for the final dish, you will have the pasta ready.
  • keeping the shrimp cleaned in the freezer helps to sort out this recipe.
  • Store-bought frozen shrimp will work fine but the taste of fresh shrimp gives a great taste and freshly cleaned shrimp will be tastier.
  • Refrain from overcooking the shrimp, as the shrimp gets very chewy.
  • When adding butter to the pan, reduce the heat. Adding butter at high heat will separate the fat in the butter.
  • Ensure you do not burn the garlic, as burnt garlic makes the dish bitter.

What can I use instead of wine in the shrimp scampi recipe?

I have made this classic shrimp scampi without wine. Instead, used chicken stock, and trust me this recipe is equally good when stock is added instead of wine.

But if you have Wine in your diet, you can go for Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.

What to serve with Shrimp Scampi?

You can serve shrimp scampi over pasta, rice, or on a side of salad of your choice. You can also dip bread in the sauce and enjoy!

How to store Red Lobster shrimp scampi?

This easy homemade shrimp scampi is very good for leftovers.

This recipe is very good and will mostly not have any leftovers, but if you have made more servings of this recipe, then store the sauce with shrimp in an airtight container and refrigerate, consume within 4 days.

How to reheat shrimp scampi?

You can use an oven or microwave to reheat the leftovers. Even a stovetop will work great on low heat.

Heat the sauce with shrimp on the lowest heat, but if you like cold shrimp then enjoy without heating.
close up of a white plate with best homemade shrimp scampi

How to make shrimp scampi?

  • Cook the pasta/linguine as per package instructions.
  • Drain and keep aside. Toss pasta with some oil to avoid sticking it together.
  • In a pan, add olive oil and chopped garlic, and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add shrimp, salt, black pepper powder, and Italian seasoning mix.
  • Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the chicken stock and let it cook for a minute or two.
  • Add butter to this and cook further.
  • Add pasta, reduce the heat, and add lemon juice, and fresh parsley and toss well.
  • Adjust salt and mix well.
  • Serve immediately with a lot of grated Parmesan.
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    1. Where do you find italian seasoning mix?

      1. I have shared the ingredients of Italian Seasoning mix. Please check in the recipe.

    2. When do you add all of the dry spices

      1. You have to add the spices to shrimp,when you add shrimp to pan.

    3. ½ a pack of Italian seasoning? What is the weight of the Italian seasoning pack? I have Italian Seasoning, therefore dont need to make my own, but it isnt clear what amount half a pack actually is. Thank you.


    5. I would like to try your recipe but I couldn't print it. It is a pity because I prefer to have the recipe printed for easy use and don't read all this.

    6. Please make your recipe printable.

    7. Can I use frozen shrimp? And if so do I have to cook that seperstlu?

    8. What is the equal measurement of Italian seasoning from a jar? Half a packet is unclear and as I already have Italian seasoning, I don't need to make it.

    9. I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it. Even my picky mother-in-law said she would eat it every night if I fixed it! Thank you, and it was super quick and easy.


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