This white wine shrimp scampi is an easy dinner that comes together in 15 minutes! Homemade scampi sauce and juicy shrimp on a bed of tender linguine.
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About Shrimp Scampi Linguine
Those of you who follow this blog know how much of a seafood lover I am, and this white wine shrimp scampi is no exception. Or, wait, would this qualify as a lemony shrimp scampi?
I guess it probably depends on your favorite flavor, because this homemade scampi sauce has both lemon and white wine.
This recipe has entered my life at just the right time, because it’s been another hectic week over here at our house – but, thankfully, in all the best ways:
For one, we have company visiting, and although I wish the circumstances were better it’s still been nice having someone to spend the long weekdays with while an old friend of mine is still at work.
And for two, now that I’m working from home, it’s (surprisingly) easy to forget how nice a long, thoughtful conversations can be. Usually, I make do by making silly small talk with the dogs (way more than I probably should) but nothing beats just sharing thoughts and stories with someone for hours.
Another great perk of having someone in the house with me?
I have help
eating trying out all the recipes I make! Like, say, a freshly cooked dinner of shrimp scampi with white wine.
Or lemony shrimp scampi.
Sorry, I can’t seem to make up my mind how to describe this dish, because both flavors come together so wonderfully.
I have to be “careful” when it comes to seafood recipes, because I’m such pushover when it comes to seafood you can almost guarantee that I’ll eat it and love it and want seconds 5 minutes ago. I don’t think there’s such thing as a “bad” shrimp dish.
But with this recipe, I got to cheat, since I made it for lunch for the just houseguest and I.
I felt a little sneaky about it, but in all the good ways:
For one, I got to have twice as many helpings as I normally do.
And for two, I got to experiment with red pepper flakes. This dish is written to be a spicy shrimp scampi, but you can adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your tastes.
This shrimp scampi with linguine is more lemony / wine-y (does that word work here?) than it is buttery, but it compliments the shrimp and pasta extremely well.
Add in the fact that it only took me 15 minutes to make, I could easily see this being my new guilty pleasure lunch whenever I need my seafood fix.
Which white wine should be used?
I’ve said a few times that this is white wine shrimp scampi, but you won’t see me listing the name of the wine I used – and that’s because I used plain ‘ol cooking wine from the baking aisle at my grocery store.
You can certainly go all out with and use your favorite dry white wine in this dish, but for me, I like to keep this dish budget-friendly and save the good white wine for drinking.
What to serve with shrimp scampi linguine
This pasta dish has a delightfully light flavor, so you can pair it with just about anything. That being said, I like to go with Italian classics such as:
Notes & tips for this lemony shrimp scampi
- Cooking shrimp can be very tricky. To a trained eye, you can see that even the shrimp in these photos are a tad overcooked (the unfortunate result of trying to work a video camera while I cook.) If you’re looking for some helpful pointers how to cook perfect crustaceans, be sure to check out this guide on How to Cook Shrimp and Mistakes to Avoid.
- I glossed over it above, but keep in mind that this recipe as written is a spicy shrimp scampi. It’s not too hot, but you’ll definitely feel a bit of a burn. I tend to prepare it this way in mixed company but when I’m by myself I’ll exclude the red pepper flakes altogether.
- I’ve been asked if this dish can be made as just homemade scampi sauce. Yes, you can do this, but I’d recommend doubling or tripling the amount of butter used and reducing the amount of lemon and white wine (maybe by half). This recipe makes a watery sauce, and while this goes great with pasta it wouldn’t do well as traditional shrimp scampi. You’ll want it thicker and with more butter.
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How do you make shrimp scampi with linguine?
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a large skillet, melt butter and season with garlic and red pepper flakes.
Step 2 – Add shrimp and cook until bodies are pink and slightly curled.
Step 3 – Pour in white wine and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
Step 4 – Add in some cooked linguine pasta, then toss to coat with the shrimp and scampi sauce.
Step 5 – Sprinkle pasta with parmesan and fresh parsley.
Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!
This post was originally published on February 28, 2015. It was updated with new pictures and revised recipe instructions on April 6th, 2017.
Shrimp Scampi Linguine
- 8 ounce linguine
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less, to taste
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- In a 6 quart stockpot, cook linguine in salted water to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta cooks, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and raw shrimp. Stirring occasionally, cook until shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour in white wine and lemon juice in to the skillet with the shrimp, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
- Stir in pasta cooked pasta and sprinkle top with sprinkle top with parmesan and parsley.
- Serve immediately.
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