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Easy Shrimp Scampi

This easy shrimp scampi recipe is the perfect way to get a delicious and indulgent dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Try this easy dinner recipe tonight!

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There's just something extra amazing about recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. Quick, easy, delicious meals that are family friendly are culinary perfection in my book.

If you are looking for an easy dinner recipe that everyone will devour you have to try my easy shrimp scampi. It's simple but also really indulgent. It's one of those “special” dinners that feels more dressed up than our typical weeknight meals.

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On that same note, if you are looking for an easy meal that you can use for a date night at home or a dinner party with friends this shrimp scampi will fit the bill nicely!

Here's what you'll need to make shrimp scampi at home:

  • spaghetti
  • unsalted butter
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • ground cumin
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh lemons
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There's nothing crazy or exotic going on here. The flavors come together nicely just with the fresh ingredients we're adding!

I usually buy raw peeled and deveined shrimp. If you get frozen ones with the tails still on that's okay too, they're easy to remove and quick to prep!

How to make an easy shrimp scampi recipe:

  1. Heat a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, add butter to a large skillet set over medium heat. Add red onion, garlic, and ground cumin. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and begins to develop some color, approximately 6-7 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp changes color and starts to curl slightly, approximately 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add the chopped parsley and a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. When spaghetti is ready, remove from heat and pour into a colander. Rinse briefly with warm water to prevent sticking. Shake off excess moisture and transfer to a serving platter. Top spaghetti with the cooked shrimp mixture and serve immediately with the remaining lemon wedges and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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This recipe will serve 4-6 people. Feel free to double it up so you have some leftovers. I like this delicious shrimp scampi for lunches throughout the week as well.

You can serve this recipe with frozen green beans or broccoli for a full meal that's ready and on the table in about 30 minutes. I love those microwaveable bags of frozen veggies that can cook while I make the rest of our meal.

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You can also serve this recipe with a salad for some added greens and veggies!

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Yield: 6 Servings

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Featured image showing the finished easy shrimp scampi ready to be served.

This easy shrimp scampi recipe is the perfect way to get a delicious and indulgent dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less! Try out this easy dinner recipe tonight!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz. box spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ large red onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin, divided
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1¼ lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 large lemons, cut into wedges, divided

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, add butter to a large skillet set over medium heat. Add red onion, garlic, and ground cumin. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and begins to develop some color, approximately 6-7 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp changes color and starts to curl slightly, approximately 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add the chopped parsley and a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. When spaghetti is ready, remove from heat and pour into a colander. Rinse briefly with warm water to prevent sticking. Shake off excess moisture and transfer to a serving platter. Top spaghetti with the cooked shrimp mixture and serve immediately with the remaining lemon wedges and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 210mgSodium: 951mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g
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