Everyone around my house loves these types of delicious pasta dishes! You will enjoy this Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe. A simple & quick meal! Just a few easy steps and dish. Perfect for those busy weeknights! Made with Garlic, Red Pepper, and Pasta.
Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi With Pasta Recipe
There are often times when dinner is always a question. I can plan ahead by using my meal plan, but things happen and my planned meals get pushed to the side. I have a few meals that I keep in my “back pocket” (so to speak), that scream I am here and easy to make.
This Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi recipe is one of them.
If you have fresh shrimp, wonderful! But similarly, you can always replace with frozen.
To defrost shrimp, simply place shrimp in a bowl covered in a lukewarm water bath. It will take minutes to defrost as you are prepping other ingredients for this meal. By the time the pasta water has come to a boil, the shrimp should be defrosted enough to cook.
Shrimp scampi has to be one of the easiest ways to quickly prepare shrimp. You won’t believe how easy this comes together in just 15 minutes – perfect for those busy weeknights! Which believe me, I have more crazy nights than nothing to do nights.
This is another reason why I prefer meal planning. It really does keep me sane.
What Type of Shrimp to Buy
I recommend cooking frozen raw shrimp. First, it is cheaper than its counterpart. Second, it is pure convenience to have a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer whenever you need it. BUT, did you know??? the shrimp they sell at the counter is just about always frozen and thawed? So you might as well buy it frozen and defrost it yourself to save some money!
What Type of Skillet to Use
I recommend using a non-stick skillet for this. You can use another kind, but since you need to cook this gently, a non-stick skillet will allow you to easily flip and mix the garlic and shrimp together. I find a non-stick just makes things easier. Not to mention, the cleanup is a breeze.
I used a 12-inch Nonstick Skillet. While the pictures don’t reflect my skillet. To be honest, they don’t photo well. I had to use my other skillet for this one. But I highly recommend my favorite non-stick skillet (in the link). Very durable and oven-safe!
Let’s Get Cooking
Before you start cooking this recipe, please make sure you have all your ingredients prepped beforehand. It comes together very quickly. You want to be prepared
The first thing you need to do is heat your olive oil in a skillet. Give it a few minutes on medium-high. Next, add the shrimp and cook 5-7 minutes. Start cooking your pasta now.
Isn’t this just recipe just looking good?
Now is the time to remove shrimp and add the garlic to the oil, cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat, add the shrimp, lemon juice, veggies, and spices, along with butter. (If using wine: Reduce heat, add the shrimp, lemon juice, veggies, and spices, along with the wine.
I often just prefer to use white cooking wine. Simmer until wine volume is reduced by half and then add butter.
Once the pasta is done the cooking, drain it and add to the shrimp pan, tossing to coat completely with the oil-butter mixture and spices.
This may be hard to believe, but this really comes together in just 15 minutes. It is quick and just delicious.
The only time-consuming part may be the peeling of the shrimp, but if you’re short on time, you can even purchase the pre-peeled ones. Hey, I’m not one to judge – I’ve done that on several occasions, especially on those busy nights!
Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi With Pasta Recipe
Shrimp scampi may sound fancy, but it’s such an incredibly easy dinner to make on any weeknight! The thick sauce has three cloves of garlic and lots of butter, making it rich and luxurious.
- 1 lb shrimp (approximately 20 large shrimp)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup white wine, optional
- 1 tsp dried Oregano, or to taste
- 1 tsp dried Parsley, or to taste
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 tsps lemon juice
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a skillet, add the shrimp, and cook 5-7 minutes.
- Start cooking your pasta now.
- Remove shrimp and add the garlic to the oil, cook for 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat, add the shrimp, lemon juice, veggies, and spices, along with butter.
- (If using wine:
- Reduce heat, add the shrimp, lemon juice, veggies, and spices, along with the wine. Simmer until wine volume is reduced by half and then add butter.)
- Once the pasta is done the cooking, drain it and add to the shrimp pan, tossing to coat completely with the oil-butter mixture and spices. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve on top of your favorite pasta.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 255mgSodium: 1126mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g
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Other Easy Weeknight Meals
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.