I have been craving shrimp scampi pasta without wine. It is one of my favorite dishes. What I love about the shrimp scampi pasta recipe I use is that it is a light sauce and it is easy to make. The garlicy butter sauce makes the shrimp taste amazing. This shrimp scampi pasta recipe comes together easily and everyone loves it. It truly becomes am impressive pasta dish.
To make Shrimp Scampi Pasta you will need the following supplies: Shrimp (cooked, tail on), butter, fresh lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil, crushed red pepper, angel hair pasta
I prefer to make my shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta. The angel hair keeps the dish from feeling to heavy. I feel it also lets the shrimp shine. However, it is easy to make shrimp scampi with linguine instead. It just changes the cooking time slightly because the linquine takes a little longer, not much, to cook. The shrimp scampi sauce pairs well with any pasta because it is a light sauce and doesn’t over power any of the flavors.
Tips & Tricks to making Shrimp Scampi Pasta
- I prefer real lemon juice but have substituted bottled lemon juice when needed.
- In this shrimp scampi pasta recipe I prefer to bake my shrimp. They are already cooked but it allows for the flavors to come together nicely while baking as you’re warming your shrimp up. Baking the shrimp rather than sauteing the shrimp also leaves me free to finish the side dishes.
- Shrimp scampi can easily be a rich dish but I like to keep it simple with just the butter, olive oil and spices for a light lunch or dinner meal.
- You could saute your shrimp with your butter and olive oil and add in a splash of white wine for an extra layer of flavor. You will need to watch your shrimp closely to keep them from burning.
- Angel hair pasta is the traditional pasta used with shrimp scampi but I’ll be honest my kids love it when served with farfalle and we have certainly made shrimp scampi with linguine more than once! Get creative with your pasta choices just remember to adjust your pasta cooking time.
Shrimp Scampi FAQS
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Shrimp Scampi:
How long do you cook frozen shrimp for?
It’s important to not over cook shrimp! I really like to bake my shrimp with butter and olive oil and it almost steams them. This allows me to focus on other tasks without over cooking the shrimp. I cook my frozen shrimp in the oven in a 350 degree oven for 10-11 minutes.
What veggie do you serve with shrimp scampi?
I like to keep it simple with some frozen peas, steamed broccoli or sauteed zucchini. My kids are a bit picky though so they tend to stick with a simple salad and honey mustard dressing.
What do you use to season shrimp?
The possibilities are really endless! I like a combination of olive oil and butter and my coating and a variety of spices. Garlic powder with salt and pepper make for a quick seasoning. The families favorite is actually Montreal seasoning or a chili lime seasoning.
Can you cook frozen shrimp in a pan?
You can bake shrimp or saute it in a pan. If you’re going to cook shrimp from frozen make sure to buy deveined shrimp. If you would like to cook your shrimp from the thawed state you may purchase shrimp with the vein still in but you will need to remove the vein yourself. I prefer deveined shrimp in general but especially for shrimp scampi pasta as the meal comes together quicker.
Can you marinate shrimp overnight?
Not really as most marinades will start to break down the tender pieces of meat. Most shrimp marinades tend to be sufficient within 30 minutes to an hour.
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Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe
I truly love making shrimp scampi for a quick week night. It never fails to impress and comes together so quickly! Served with a light salad and french bread, dinner is ready in less than 20 minutes!
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What I love about the shrimp scampi pasta recipe I use is that it is a light sauce and it is easy to make. The garlicy butter sauce makes the shrimp taste amazing. This shrimp scampi pasta recipe comes together easily and everyone loves it. It truly becomes am impressive pasta dish.
- 16-20 ct Shrimp cooked, tail on
- 5 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- pinch of red pepper
- 8 oz angel hair pasta
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper.
Whisk in olive oil.
Using a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, add shrimp in a single layer.
Pour olive oil/spices mixture over shrimp.
Layer butter over the top of the shrimp.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-11 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil angel hair pasta and cook according to the directions on the box.
Drain your noodles.
Toss noodles with shrimp and sauce.
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