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a shallow platter with perfectly cooked tender shrimp scampi with butter and olive oil, sliced scallions and parsley

Shrimp Scampi

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  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Buttery, garlicky shrimp covered with a blanket of Parmigiano-Reggiano, scallions, parsley, and a hint of red pepper flakes —  Seafood perfection on a plate! This shrimp scampi recipe is not only a family favorite, but it’s ready in less than 15 minutes making it perfect for busy weeknight dinners or special occasions.


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces shrimp, cleaned with tails on (about 22 medium shrimp) (230g)
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed or minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (28g)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (50g)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional but recommended)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano cheese (or more or less to taste) (18g)
  • sea salt to taste
  • sliced scallions (for garnish)
  • chopped parsley (for garnish)


Preheat the oven + clean the shrimp. Preheat the oven by turning on the broiler setting to the highest setting. Remove the shells from the shrimp leaving only the tail attached and devein. Lay the shrimp in a single layer in a shallow baking dish with sides. Set aside while you make the scampi sauce.

  1. Make the scampi sauce. In a skillet on medium heat, add olive oil, butter, and smashed garlic, and sprinkle with a little sea salt to taste. Sauté the garlic until just barely golden brown and fragrant (about 8 minutes). Add the onion powder, crushed red pepper, and a sprig of parsley and cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Assemble the shrimp scampi + broil. Pour the garlic mixture evenly over the shrimp, sprinkle with grated cheese, sliced scallions, and chopped parsley. Place the shrimp into the oven about 2 inches from the broiler and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink and opaque. Serve hot right out of the oven and Enjoy!


  • For a delicious creamy twist on this shrimp recipe, you can turn it into a creamy Alfredo Shrimp Scampi, simply by adding 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream to the olive oil-butter mixture just before adding the shrimp and broiling. You may also want to add a finely diced sweet grape tomato for a bit of brightness.
  • For a more intense shrimp flavor, you can leave the shells on but it will make eating the shrimp a bit of a buttery mess. If you’re ok with this, go for it because it adds a depth of shrimpy salinity to the final dish.
  • For a healthier shrimp scampi, use less butter and olive oil. Just be sure to toss the shrimp in the mixture well before broiling. You won’t have ample scampi sauce to use as a bread-dipper, but it’ll still taste just as delicious.
  • Substitute high-quality grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese for the Parmigiano if needed.
  • If you have sensitivity to eating actual garlic pieces, it’s best to smash the garlic cloves and remove them after the scampi has cooked and just before serving. This way the scampi sauce will be flavored but no one will bite into a piece of garlic.
  • If you don’t want to devein the shrimp, this is your prerogative. I always devein jumbo shrimp, but sometimes I don’t devein smaller shrimp when there is no noticeable ink stripe running down their backs. Do what you want in your own kitchen.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp, or you’ll end up with rubbery textured shrimp. Shrimp cook quickly and are usually cooked through in just about 3-4 minutes.
  • If you want to add a couple of tablespoons of breadcrumbs, go ahead. I add breadcrumbs sometimes and it’s almost like making a gratinata (or gratin) which is delicious.

If you don’t want to dirty up a skillet to make the scampi sauce, use this simple and easy trick instead (see photos in the main post for this alternative way to broil shrimp scampi).

  1. Add all of the scampi sauce ingredients (EXCEPT the shrimp + grated cheese) to an oven-proof shallow dish and whisk to combine. Place the dish into the preheated oven with broiler function about 3-4 inches from the broiler. Broil the mixture until garlic is golden brown and fragrant (about 7-8 minutes).
  2.  Remove the scampi sauce from the oven, add the shrimp on top in a single layer, toss quickly to cover with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and place under the broiler until shrimp are pink, opaque, and just cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Fish + Seafood
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
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