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garlic butter shrimp scampi recipe

Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi has an addicting garlic buttery sauce with a little lemon in it! Plus, you can have it ready to go in about 20 minutes! The perfect appetizer or meal!



  • 8 oz linguine, optional
  • 3/4 cup unsalted Challenge Butter, cubed, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on or off
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice



1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain well and set aside.
2. Add half of the butter to a large pan or skillet and heat over medium heat until melted.
3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook while stirring until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
4. Increase heat to medium-high and add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning the shrimp as needed, until cooked through and just lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. I turn the heat up for cooking them so that they can brown more quickly without over cooking them (think it adds more flavor), but if you’re concerned about over cooking, remove them from the heat when opaque pink.
5. Add the remaining butter, parsley and lemon juice and stir until melted and combined and the shrimp are coated in the mixture.
6. Serve immediately.

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