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Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi (Easy Recipe)

There are a few things I love more than this Ina Garten shrimp scampi recipe.

I mean, how can you beat buttery linguine with plump, garlicky shrimp?

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Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi

As you’d expect from the Barefoot Contessa, this linguine with shrimp scampi is simple yet elegant.

I’ve made it for dinner parties, and it’s always a smash. But since it’s so effortless, it’s just as terrific on a quiet weeknight at home.

So if you’re looking for a delicious seafood recipe that’s bright, fresh, and satisfying, try this Ina Garten shrimp scampi recipe.

You won’t be disappointed.

Ina Garten’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a classic Italian dish that typically features large shrimp cooked in olive oil, garlic, and white wine. 

Ina Garten’s shrimp scampi is just as rich, juicy, and delicious as any you’d get in Italy.

A couple of key differences are the addition of shallots and the lack of white wine.

Shallots are sweeter, giving the dish a nice, balanced finish. And you’ll use lemon for acidity instead of wine.

And as far as shrimp dinners go, I can’t recommend this enough!

Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi Served on a Stainless Dish


  • Linguine – Linguine is a fantastic choice for seafood. The pasta also has a mild flavor that lets the shrimp shine through. But if you want something a little lighter, you can also use zucchini noodles or rice.
  • Butter – Butter has a rich, creamy taste that complements the delicate flavor of shrimp. Plus, it helps to tenderize the shrimp and prevents it from sticking to the pan.
  • Lemon – Lemon brings a bright and acidic flavor that balances out the richness of the shrimp and butter.
  • Parsley – Parsley is known for being rich in nutrients like vitamins A and C, as well as iron. Plus, it offers a nice pop of green to a dish.
  • Spices – Salt and pepper make the taste of the shrimp pop, while red pepper flakes bring a touch of heat, allowing you to truly savor all the flavors in this dish.
  • Shrimps – Shrimp is relatively low in calories and fat, and it’s also a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and zinc. And since it cooks in a flash, it’s ideal for busy weeknights.
  • Garlic – Garlic is not only super healthy, but it makes any recipe taste a thousand times better.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil helps to tenderize the shrimp, and it gives the whole dish a lovely flavor profile.
  • Shallots – Shallots are a fantastic ingredient in shrimp scampi because they add a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor.
Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi Served on a Plate

Tips for The Best Shrimp Scampi

  • Try to buy shrimp that have already been peeled and deveined. This will save you time and effort when the prep day comes.
  • Cook the shrimp in a large skillet over medium-high heat until they are pink and slightly charred around the edges. Do not overcook them, or they will become tough.
  • Be sure to use plenty of butter when cooking the shrimp. This will give them a rich, decadent flavor that is irresistible.
  • Serve immediately with some fresh lemon juice and olive oil squeezed over the top. You can also add some grated Parmesan if you like.
  • Although this dish comes together fast, it can be made ahead. I suggest cooking the sauce (with herbs and onions) but not the shrimp. They cook so fast, it’s best to leave them raw until you need them. You can also cook the pasta. Just be sure to toss it in oil to keep it from sticking.
  • Not a shrimp lover? Make it with chicken instead of shrimp in equal amounts.
  • If you want a bit of a crunch, add some chopped nuts over the top. Simply sprinkle them over the finished dish before serving.

What to Serve with Shrimp Scampi

There are plenty of great ways to serve shrimp scampi. And that includes on its own or with tender linguine.

Of course, it also pairs really well with a side salad, roasted veggies, or a fluffy bed of rice.

I really enjoy it over Parmesan risotto or creamy polenta. And I’ve even had it with fries!

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Finally, try it with crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts. The sprouts add a nice touch of bitterness and zest, complementing the creaminess of shrimp scampi perfectly.

More Ina Garten Recipes You’ll Love

Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts
Ina Garten’s Banana Bread
Ina Garten’s Meatloaf
Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars
Ina Garten’s Potato Salad

Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi (Easy Dinner Recipe)



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There are a few things I love more than this Ina Garten shrimp scampi recipe. I mean, how can you beat buttery linguine with plump, garlicky shrimp?


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon 1 1/2 kosher salt

  • 1 pound 1 linguine

  • 4 tablespoons 4 unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons 3 olive oil

  • 1 1 shallot, diced

  • 2 tablespoons 2 minced garlic (5 cloves)

  • 1 1/2 pound 1 1/2 large shrimp (about 20-24 shrimp), peeled and deveined

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 1 lemon, zest grated

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)

  • 1/2 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 hot red pepper flakes


  • Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Bring the pot to a boil.
  • While the water comes to a boil, melt two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the diced shallots, pepper flakes, and garlic, and sauté until the onions become transparent.
  • When the water is boiling, add the linguine and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the pasta is done, take out one cup of the hot pasta water, then drain the linguine and set aside.
  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels, season them with the remaining salt and pepper, then add them to the pan with the shallots. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until pink on both sides.
  • Remove the cooked shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  • Pour the lemon juice into the pan and wait until it bubbles.
  • Add another two tablespoons of butter and olive oil. Then, when the butter is fully melted, add the shrimp back to the pan.
  • Sprinkle in the parsley, add the cup of pasta water, and the linguine.
  • Mix well, and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately with fresh lemon slices on top.
Ina Garten Shrimp Scampi

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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