Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

I have a passionate love affair with shrimp!

My love of shrimp started at a very young age. My grandparents would take me out for dinner on my birthday when I was a young girl. Every year I picked the same place and had the same dish…without fail.

The place? Anthony’s Fish Grotto in San Diego, California.

We always went to their La Mesa location. It was closer to my childhood home. It was awesome because it was like walking into a huge shell! (Well when you’re 8 it is cool!) I always ordered the giant fried prawns with fries. They were incredible!

I love Anthony’s and was so sad to hear their original location, after 70 years, was forced to shut down by the Port of San Diego. Such a pretty location out over the ocean.

So as you can see…I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Shrimp. My first true seafood love!

Thankfully my husband’s love affair with Shrimp actually surpasses mine! (I know…it’s hard to believe!) So being the shrimp “geeks” we are, this Shrimp Scampi was a huge hit! It’s a new favorite at this Nest!

I don’t know how you can go wrong with plump juicy shrimp drowning in a pan full of garlic wine “butta”!!! (I know it’s a dream of mine! lol) 

What I love the most about this dish…besides the Shrimp…is that you have an elegant dish in a matter of minutes with a minimum amount of ingredients and work. Score!!!

To make this dish, start out filling a pot with water and bringing it to a boil so that you can cook the Linguine. Once boiling… add your pasta and cook until al dente. Try not to over cook it. You want al dente so it can soak up all the buttery goodness of this sauce.

Speaking of the sauce…

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, to your taste. In a large skillet heat the olive oil.  Add all those beautiful plump raw shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes. Then set aside on a plate.

Tip: Please do not over cook the shrimp. They didn’t do anything to you. You don’t want tough and rubbery shrimp.

I will be forced to make you to wear a T-shirt that say’s “I massacred Shrimp”. (Don’t make me go there!)

In the heated skillet add the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until reduced by half. It will take about 4-5 minutes.

Stir in your spices. Basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. (I feel a song coming on…)  Allow that to simmer for another minute.

It’s time for the BUTTER!!! Add the butter 2 Tablespoons at a time, until melted and smooth. (Oh… it’s smooth! Those shrimp are gonna be sliding all over the place like little greased pigs sea urchins!) 

Do you notice the difference in the two pictures? After the butter is added you have a lovely rich buttery wine sauce. It’s so delicious!

Time to let those shrimp go swimming! Stir the shrimp into the delicious buttery lemon garlic sauce.  Add the chopped parsley and any additional salt and pepper to taste. 

Stir that all together… (Yes I’m posting this picture again! I am a shrimp geek!)

Add your al dente linguine and gently toss.

Top with grated Parmesan cheese. I may have gone a tad heavy on the cheese…I didn’t want the Shrimp to get cold! 😉  (Note to self…do not blog at lunch time!)

There you have it. The perfect Shrimp Scampi with Linguine! As good as you’ll get at Olive Garden or any fine Italian restaurant! Even better than my beloved Anthony’s! I promise.

Serve this dish with thick slices of garlic bread and a big beautiful tossed green salad. It is absolutely mouth-watering good! Worth every single fat gram!

This dish was SO good that Mars and I were actually fighting over the left overs the next day for lunch! We decided to compromise and share. (pout) It was just as good the next day. Such a great seafood dish.

I hope if you’re a shrimp lover you’ll give this dish a try. It won’t disappoint. If you close your eyes while eating each delicious fork full you’ll think you’re in Italy!

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
Adapted from Pinterest

A delicious lemon white wine butter garlic sauce is loaded with fresh shrimp and tossed with al dente linguine and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. So smooth and flavorful and ready in minutes!

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 package Linguine

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook Linguine al dente per package instructions
    Shrimp Scampi
  1. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  3. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in spices. Basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
  4. Stir in butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, until melted and smooth.
  5. Stir in shrimp and fresh chopped parsley; season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Stir in al dente pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.

Prep Time: 5 minutes - Cook Time: 15 minutes ; Yield: 4-6 servings



  1. Nikki | 18th Feb 17

    We love Shrimp Scampi at my house! I haven’t made it in a while! You have inspired me! Have to give your recipe a try! I know anything you make is heavenly!

    • | 20th Feb 17

      Hi Nikki! Awww…you are so sweet! Thank you for the kind compliment. I know you’ll love it as much as we do! This is a really simple and delicious recipe! Can’t wait to try your Pork Chops too! 😉 Thanks for stopping by friend!

  2. Farrel | 6th Mar 17

    This looks amazing. I have some shrimp in the freezer, we catch shrimp in Alaska and I am always looking for good shrimp recipes. I can’t wait to try it.

    • | 6th Mar 17

      Wow! Shrimp from Alaska! That’s impressive 🙂 You will love this recipe. It’s so yummy and so easy. Thanks for sharing with me. I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe. Love making new friends…especially friends who love shrimp! 😉 Thanks for stopping by my Nest! I’ll be waiting to hear back from ya!

  3. beverly tang | 12th Sep 17

    made this tonight and it was delicious, the only change I made was adding a whole stick of butter instead of half.

    • | 13th Sep 17

      Hi Beverly!
      Well in my opinion…you can never go wrong with more “butta”. 😉 I’m so glad you enjoyed this dish. Thanks for sharing with me. I hope you have a GREAT week! Please come back soon. I love visiting with friends.

  4. Debora MacKay | 1st Mar 18

    Super easy and very very good. Even husband was impressed, will be making for it again. Thank you

    • | 1st Mar 18

      Hi Debora!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment about this recipe! When we can impress the husband THAT’s the ultimate success! lol
      It’s one of my very favorite dishes! Makes me feel like I’m dinning at a 5 star restaurant. Have a wonderful week. Come back and visit with me again soon!
      Happy Nesting!

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