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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Lemony Shrimp Scampi

Easy and elegant, this dish is a real catch. The use of the word "scampi" to mean a garlicky, buttery preparation for shrimp is more Italian-American than Italian; it's thought to have first appeared on a menu in 1950s New Jersey.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4




  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound angel-hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons), plus wedges for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Step 1

    In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions, then drain.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add shrimp and cook until opaque throughout, about 3 minutes, flipping once. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Step 3

    Reduce heat to medium. Add butter and garlic to skillet and saute until garlic is soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook 1 minute; season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Add pasta and shrimp and toss to combine. Serve with lemon wedges.

Everyday Food, June 2012



Reviews (2)

  • calvinjack 9 Sep, 2014

    great simple recipe!

  • MirToniR 3 Sep, 2014

    Already had all the ingredients on hand to prepare this fast, quick and easy dish. Served with a crusty loaf of bread. Delicious! Will definitely make again!