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Shrimp Scampi Linguine served on a table with a lemon on the side

Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Shrimp Scampi Linguine is a classic garlic butter shrimp pasta that's easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients!
Course Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American/Italian
Keyword creamy shrimp scampi, easy shrimp scampi, shrimp scampi linguine, shrimp scampi pasta recipe, shrimp scampi recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 688kcal
Author Daniela Lambova


  • 1 lb. linguine pasta
  • 1 lb. large shrimp peeled and deveined*, see notes for frozen shrimp
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • cup white wine*
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A few sprigs of parsley finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter optional
  • Red pepper flakes optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet and sauté the onions until translucent. Add shrimp, garlic, lemon juice, and wine, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure all shrimp is pink on both sides.
  • Stir in parsley and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Remove the skillet from heat.
  • Cook the linguine in a large pan with salted boiling water. Cook until it is still slightly hard to chew (al dente), which is about 2-3 minutes less than the cooking time on the pasta box.
  • Drain the linguine in a colander and add the pasta to the shrimp scampi in the skillet. Add the butter. Mix everything over low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Reserve approximately 1 cup of the pasta water. If you want your scampi sauce to be a bit more creamy and saucy, add approximately ½ cup at a time to the pasta and stir until creamy.
  • Serve immediately. Add more fresh pepper and parsley, if desired. Garnish with parmesan cheese.


  • Instead of butter, you can add 1-2 Tbsp. of fresh olive oil at the end. 
  • Instead of wine you can use chicken broth.
  • You can top with Parmesan if you prefer.
  • For convenience, we recommend using frozen shrimp for this recipe.
  • Elevate this dish by swapping out shrimp for prawns! Garlic butter prawns are delicious.
  • We recommend a good quality wine like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or a Riesling for pairing and cooking with this recipe.
  • Reserve 1 cup of pasta water to add to the scampi sauce if a more creamy texture is desired. 


Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 294mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 4mg