shrimp scampi pasta recipe

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Why I love this shrimp scampi pasta recipe

Old Bay is a favorite flavor of mine. I love it on peel-and-eat shrimp, in crab cakes (or fish cakes), on sweet potatoes…pretty much everything. I added it to shrimp scampi to give the dish a new twist, and because I’m always trying to find new ways to make pasta since we eat it at least 2 nights a week.

I actually think I’ve built up quite a tolerance to the seasoning, so this recipe uses quite a bit. If you aren’t sure about the flavor or if you aren’t a fan of spicy dishes, use a little less Old Bay in yours (maybe only 1 tablespoon).

More shrimp recipes: shrimp po boy sandwich / shrimp toast / shrimp fettuccine / honey garlic shrimp / shrimp salad / shrimp macaroni salad

shrimp scampi pasta recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make shrimp scampi pasta

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raw shrimp in a bowl with Old Bay seasoning

How to make shrimp scampi pasta

Cook pasta to al dente. We normally use linguine, but spaghetti works equally well. Use whatever you have and cook it according to the package directions for al dente in salted water.

Just before draining the pasta, reserve about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of pasta water. You want to wait until the pasta is cooked because starches come out into the water and add flavor and a creaminess when you add it to the sauce.

Sear the shrimp. Toss them with Old Bay until they’re evenly coated and sauté them in a large skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. I like to work in batches to get a really good sear on the shrimp.

The more space you have the better, and since the shrimp cook really fast, you can do it while the pasta cooks. Remove the shrimp from the pan as they finish cooking.

Old Bay shrimp scampi recipe

Make the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium and minced garlic and parsley to the remaining olive oil. Simmer until fragrant. It should take about 30 seconds.

Next, deglaze the pan with white wine and lemon juice. If you’re using a fresh lemon, add the zest here, too. If you aren’t, don’t worry about it. It just enhances the lemon flavor and is totally optional.

Toss it all together. Return the shrimp the pan to keep warm until the pasta has finished cooking (keep it on low heat to prevent the shrimp from getting rubbery). Add the drained pasta and reserved pasta water, and toss until everything is evenly coated.

Dairy free tip: This recipe is delicious without toppings like cheese, but I like to serve this recipe with dairy free parmesan cheese or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. If you don’t have either of those, I also suggest toasting some seasoned breadcrumbs, but make sure you check labels for hidden sources of dairy.
shrimp scampi pasta recipe

FAQs and Tips for making the best shrimp scampi pasta recipe

Why is it called shrimp scampi? Shrimp scampi is actually an American adaptation of an Italian recipe for langoustines, or scampi. Shrimp were substituted and all sorts of variations were created.

This flavor combination seems to be the most prevalent across the United States, but there are areas where the recipe calls for tomatoes and other areas where the shrimp are breaded.

What is shrimp scampi sauce made of? Traditionally, scampi sauce is made of butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine. This recipe calls for olive oil instead of butter (it’s one of my favorite substitutes for butter).

What is a good substitute for wine in shrimp scampi? There are lots of substitutes for wine in cooking, but since this is a seafood dish, I recommend using bottle clam juice or seafood stock for this recipe.

old bay shrimp scampi pasta recipe in a large white skillet

What can I serve with shrimp scampi?

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Old Bay Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe

Shrimp Scampi Pasta | This easy recipe is made with a garlic, white wine, and Old Bay seasoning for a slightly spicy and really flavorful sauce that’s so much better than anything you’ll get at a restaurant. Plus, it’s made with no butter so it’s naturally dairy free. Serve with zoodles or spaghetti squash for a healthy, low carb option. #dairyfree #shrimp

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

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  • 12-ounces pasta, spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 23 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon minced)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserve about 1/4 cup pasta water before draining.
  2. In a bowl, toss shrimp with Old Bay seasoning until evenly coated.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Working in batches, sauté shrimp until no longer pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic and parsley to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Deglaze the pan with white wine and lemon juice.
  7. Return shrimp to the pan. Reduce heat to low and allow them to simmer in the sauce mixture for a few minutes.
  8. Add the cooked pasta and reserved water to the pan. Toss with the shrimp and sauce mixture until evenly combined.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: dairy free, seafood

Last Updated on November 11, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Tasty recipe but 3 tablespoons of Old Bay was way to much. I’d definitely make this again but would reduce the spice to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

    1. I really love this recipe! I’m constantly searching for delicious dairy free pasta recipes and I feel that I hit the jackpot! I added a jar of capers, lemon pepper to taste and a couple shakes of red pepper flakes because my family loves heat. We will make this a family staple!

    1. As much as you want! It’s mostly just for garnish, but about 2 – 3 tablespoons should be plenty!

  2. Made this last night! It was DELICIOUS!! The white whine went and lemon tasted so flavourful with all the other flavours.. it was just a really good mix. I didn’t have the bay seasoning so I used my own (Montreal Chicken Seasoning) and that was really good. It was a LITTLE bit too liquidy (I didn’t care, but my bf wasn’t a fan) so next time I think I’d add a little less white wine. Thanks!!

  3. Made this tonight at my son’s request. We did use quite a bit less Old Bay seasoning, about 1 tablespoon, and I added half of that to some green and red bell peppers and onions…sauteed them first, then added the shrimp. Delicious!

  4. I have a large amount of shrimp leftover from a deli tray. Can I use this instead of raw shrimp and, if so, when do I add the Old Bay?

    1. Yes you could use them, I would add the old bay and toss them in the pan for a minute or so to warm them up. Just make sure it is quick so the shrimp don’t get a rubbery texture.