Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Scampi Linguine


Experience a taste of coastal Italy with our Luscious Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Scampi Linguine. This dish combines succulent shrimp, zesty lemon, and aromatic garlic, all tossed with perfectly cooked linguine for a light yet satisfying meal. Each forkful offers a burst of flavors that will transport you straight to a seaside trattoria. It's an ideal dish for a romantic dinner or a refreshing change to your weeknight routine.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 generous plateful

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 480 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 145mg
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 3g


  • Large shrimp, peeled and deveined: 400g (14 ounces / 0.88 pounds)
  • Linguine: 400g (14 ounces / 0.88 pounds)
  • Fresh garlic, minced: 15g (0.5 ounces / 0.03 pounds)
  • Lemon juice and zest: from 2 lemons
  • White wine: 120ml (4 ounces / 0.25 pounds)
  • Unsalted butter: 60g (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 30g (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Red pepper flakes: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Salt and black pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté Shrimp: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook until pink and opaque. Remove shrimp and set aside.
  3. Make Scampi Sauce: In the same skillet, add garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking until fragrant. Pour in white wine and lemon juice, simmering until reduced by half. Stir in butter until melted.
  4. Combine: Return shrimp to the skillet. Add cooked linguine, lemon zest, and half of the parsley. Toss to combine and heat through.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with remaining parsley and serve immediately.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Shrimp Size: Use large shrimp for a more satisfying bite.
  • Lemon Zest: Add zest at the end to maintain its vibrant flavor.
  • Wine Selection: A dry white wine works best for the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, thaw them completely before cooking.

What can I use instead of wine?

Substitute with chicken or vegetable broth if preferred.

Can I make it spicier?

Increase the amount of red pepper flakes for more heat.

Is this dish good for leftovers?

It's best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored and reheated gently.