Shrimp Scampi

Easy Shrimp Scampi For One – A simple single serving meal that looks elegant but takes just minutes to make! Plump shrimp simmer in a luscious garlic butter sauce and served with pasta.

A plate of spaghetti with shrimp on a tray next to a jar of parmesan cheese and a glass of champagne.

Shrimp scampi is a seafood and pasta dish that looks incredibly elegant but takes just minutes to cook and requires a few simple ingredients.

If you’ve got pasta in your pantry, shrimp in your freezer, and butter in your refrigerator you’ve got the key ingredients to make this shrimp scampi recipe come alive.

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What Is Shrimp Scampi?

Shrimp scampi is a simple Italian dish that uses butter, garlic, and lemon to create a wonderful sauce to coat the shrimp.

The shrimp cooks in minutes and is served along with the sauce over pasta.

a fork in a shrimp scampi on a plate with a glass of champagne.

Shrimp Scampi Without Wine

Traditional shrimp scampi recipes call for using white wine and when I make a larger batch of shrimp scampi, I add it.

Shrimp scampi does not need to be made with wine. Since this is a single serving dish, I don’t think it’s necessary to add it at all. You’d only be using a splash, maybe a tablespoon or so. That’s why I left wine off of the ingredient list.

My suggestion is to add wine only if you want to – and if you do, just add a very small amount. If you’ve opened a bottle and are enjoying a glass, then by all means add a little.

If you don’t have wine, then go ahead and make this shrimp scampi without wine – you won’t miss it.

Pro Tip: If you want to make shrimp scampi with wine, I recommend using a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, or a dry Chardonnay. Stay away from sweet wines such as a Riesling or Moscato. Also, use a wine that you would actually love to drink.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • butter
  • garlic
  • shrimp
  • salt and black pepper
  • lemon juice
  • pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • optional ingredients: red pepper flakes and parsley

What Pasta Is Best For Shrimp Scampi?

You can use just about any type of pasta in this recipe and I will often use whatever kind of pasta is in my pantry. My personal preference is linguine though, the flat surface is ideal for holding on to the sauce.

How To Measure Pasta

This recipe calls for using 2 ounces of uncooked linguine (or other favorite pasta). To determine what 2 ounces looks like, you can either:

  • Use a kitchen scale to measure. A scale is the most accurate way to tell.
  • Eyeball it: Two ounces of uncooked long noodles measure a little over 2-inches (circumference).

2 ounces of uncooked linguine = 1 cup cooked

How To Peel and Devein Shrimp

  1. Pull off the legs.
  2. Using your fingers, crack open the underside of the shell and peel it off.
  3. Pinch the tail where it meets the body of the shrimp and pull off.
  4. Gently run a paring knife along the back of the shrimp.
  5. Look for the vein. It will look like a long, dark, gritty string. Using the tip of your knife, pull it out.

How To Make Shrimp Scampi For One

Follow these easy steps to make the best shrimp scampi pasta:

  1. In a small bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Mix together so that the shrimp are evenly coated. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a medium sized skillet. When the butter melts, add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for 30 seconds. If you prefer a little heat (spiciness), this is where you should add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 1 -2 minutes; with a fork, flip the shrimp over and cook the other side for an additional 1 -2 minutes.
  4. Remove shrimp from the pan to prevent overcooking and place in a clean bowl; cover the bowl.
  5. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and butter to the pan. When the butter melts, add the shrimp back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce over the shrimp. Remove from heat and pour over cooked pasta. Top with chopped parsley, if desired.

Can I Serve Shrimp Scampi With Anything Other Than Pasta?

Yes! You don’t have to use pasta.

Cooked white or brown rice and cauliflower rice are both good choices. You can also spoon the shrimp and the scampi sauce over a cooked protein such as salmon or chicken.

Another idea is to tear off pieces of crusty french bread and use the bread to absorb the scampi sauce .

overhead shot of shrimp scampi on a plate.

Best Shrimp To Use In Shrimp Scampi

I like to buy shrimp when it’s on sale. Another idea is to use frozen. When you cook for one, it’s a good idea to keep a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer. It makes meal prep easy.

Simply use what you need and know with confidence that you can create a delicious shrimp recipe any time.

I use medium or large shrimp in this shrimp scampi recipe.

Tips For Making The Best Shrimp Scampi

  • This meal cooks quickly so have all of your ingredients handy.
  • If you like your scampi sauce to be a little spicy, add a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes to the butter and olive oil in the first step.
  • Cook the pasta before cooking the shrimp. This way your meal can be enjoyed immediately after the shrimp has cooked.
  • For convenience, consider using frozen and thawed shrimp.
eating shrimp scampi with a fork surrounded by the scampi sauce.

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Recipe

shrimp scampi | one dish kitchen

Shrimp Scampi For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer/Main Dish, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, shrimp
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 781kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 6 large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the linguine to the boiling water and reduce the heat slightly to maintain a simmer. Cook until pasta is tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer pasta to a bowl. Toss with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil so the pasta noodles don't stick together. Set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Mix together so that the shrimp are evenly coated. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium sized skillet. When the butter melts, add the garlic and red pepper flakes, if using and cook, stirring occasionally for 30 seconds.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 1 -2 minutes. With a fork, flip the shrimp over and cook the other side for an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until shrimp is pink and opaque.
  • Remove shrimp from the pan to prevent overcooking and place in a clean bowl; cover the bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, olive oil, and butter to the pan. When the butter melts, add the shrimp back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce over the shrimp. Remove from heat and pour over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 781kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1143mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
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shrimp scampi for one | one dish kitchen
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8 thoughts on “Shrimp Scampi”

  1. 4 stars
    Was a easy and delicious recipe………only two of us and I only added a little more ingredients and was just enough…thanks for the recipe.

  2. Thank you for all the great recipes for a person that doesn’t like to cook. Enjoying more with your recipes.

  3. Yes, I’m a recent widow also (jan 28 2020 ) after 44 years, its definitely a bit challenging, and especially with current quarantines.

  4. 5 stars
    Thnank you much for shrimp scampi recipe. So good.Will definitely be made at least every couple of weeks. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.😁

  5. This was so easy and really good. The only change I made was to add a little extra red pepper flakes. Soooo good!

  6. Margaret Roberts

    After 52 years cooking for the family then just my husband and me I find myself a widow cooking only for myself. This will help to make a transition to one again . Thank you

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