This garlic shrimp scampi is made in one dish and baked in the oven in less than 20 minutes for a comfort food dinner that’s super fancy and full of flavor but couldn’t be easier to make!
Why We Love this Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe
We’re big fans of shrimp! In fact, we already have several recipes like baked shrimp scampi and healthy shrimp scampi on the site. So, it’s probably pretty obvious that scampi is one of our favorite dishes! No matter how it’s prepared, we can’t get enough! That said, for this garlic shrimp scampi, we took our original recipe and made it even better!
Now the pasta dish you know and love is loaded with even more flavor. To make it possible, we added garlic, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese for a bold taste that takes no time at all! We even removed the need for wine by baking the shrimp in the oven to create a super family-friendly dinner. Do you want to know the best part? It’s ready in less than 20 minutes!
Warm and comforting yet light and refreshing, this creamy shrimp scampi is the perfect dinner option for comforting winter meals, summer dinners outside, date nights, parties, and everything in between.
What is Shrimp Scampi?
Shrimp scampi looks a little different depending on who is making it. For some, it is made in a skillet. For others, it’s served over pasta. Some versions even pair the shrimp with bread. However, no matter how it is prepared and served, shrimp scampi always includes three basic components. They are shrimp, butter, and garlic, and they can be found in every shrimp scampi recipe, even if just in small amounts.
Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t actually an Italian dish. Instead, it’s Italian-American. That’s because scampi is an Italian word for a crustacean known as langoustine. It’s an edible lobster that looks like shrimp but is much larger than what we’re used to seeing in the United States.
In Italy, the dish is prepared by sauteing the crustaceans with butter, olive oil, garlic, and wine. Meanwhile, the American dish uses actual shrimp and exists in endless interpretations.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Shrimp – To save time, we used already peeled and deveined shrimp.
- Lemon – Save the lemon, because you’ll want both the juice and the zest
- Broth – We used seafood broth, but any broth you have on hand will work.
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Heavy Cream
- Parmesan Cheese
How to Make Baked Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Unlike other garlic shrimp scampi recipes that can take lots of ingredients and create a million dishes in the kitchen, this version is super simple! Just combine everything in your favorite baking dish, and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. All you have to do is follow the steps below.
- Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- Combine your shrimp, shallot, butter, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, broth, and seasonings in your baking dish. Stir to combine, and coat the shrimp.
- Bake the shrimp for 8-12 minutes or until they are fully cooked. You’ll know they’re done when they’re pink and not gray or transparent in any spot!
- While your shrimp are baking, prepare your spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions.
- Add the cooked noodles to the baking dish along with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with extra Parmesan and parsley, and dig in!
Can I Make Creamy Shrimp Scampi Ahead of Time?
Yes! This recipe is a great option for meal prep. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Or, for a longer-lasting option, keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you do freeze it, just be sure to hold off on adding the spaghetti noodles until you’re ready to serve.
The Best Method for Reheating
If you didn’t already know, shrimp get a bit rubbery when heated in the microwave. As a result, we recommend reheating leftovers in the oven! To do so, preheat it to 275° Fahrenheit, and add your scampi to a baking dish with just a bit of water to prevent it from drying out. Then, cover the dish with foil, and warm your garlic shrimp scampi in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
Can I Use a Different Protein?
We haven’t tested it, but this garlic shrimp scampi recipe should work just as well with other protein sources. We recommend mild options such as chicken or tilapia. Just mix the ingredients together as the instructions state, and bake. However, be aware that you will probably need to adjust the cooking times. So, be sure to keep an eye on your dish!
What Should I Serve with this Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe?
We like to pair creamy shrimp scampi with a light vegetable side or salad to help balance out the heavy carbs, protein, and fat in the dish. Some of our favorite options include:
- Green Goddess Salad
- Steamed Broccoli
- Roasted Asparagus
- Grilled Zucchini
Baked Garlic Shrimp Scampi
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 small shallot chopped
- 4 Tablespoons butter unsalted and melted
- 6 cloves garlic chopped
- ½ lemon juiced
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1/3 cup seafood broth or broth of choice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- 10 ounces spaghetti noodles cooked
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated (plus more for garnish)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley plus more for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- In a medium-sized baking dish combine the shrimp, shallot, butter, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, broth, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked and opaque.
- While the shrimp bake, follow the package instructions for spaghetti noodles, and boil water in a medium-sized saucepan over high heat.
- Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti noodles, and cook for 8-12 minutes or until tender. Drain.
- Add the cooked pasta, heavy cream, Parmesan, and parsley to the baking dish with the shrimp. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with more parsley and parmesan cheese, and serve!