Shrimp Scampi

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It’s amazing with some crispy bread for dipping or served over pasta. In under 30 minutes, you can whip up the creamiest, garlic-infused shrimp scampi for dinner! It’s simply divine whether paired with pasta or used as a dipping sauce for crispy bread.

Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 4


*For the Shrimp:*

  • 1 pound large shrimp deveined and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

*For the Scampi Sauce:*

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped


  • Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Optionally, butterfly the back of each shrimp to make them larger.
  • Season the shrimp with paprika, onion powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and black pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over high heat. Once hot, add the shrimp, ensuring not to overcrowd them. Sear on one side for about 2 minutes until golden, then flip and sear the other side. Remove the shrimp from the pan once fully cooked.
  • In the same pan, add more butter and minced garlic. Sauté the garlic for about a minute, then add lemon juice to deglaze the pan. Scrape the bottom of the pan and pour in the chicken broth and red pepper flakes.
  • Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat. Add the parmesan and parsley.
  • Finally, add the cooked shrimp back into the pan. Combine everything together, taste, and adjust seasoning according to your preference.
  • Serve warm with crispy bread or pasta!


You can use only smoked paprika or only sweet paprika, depending on your taste preferences, or a mix of both.

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