Quick Shrimp Scampi

from 11 votes

You only need 20 minutes and a few simple ingredients for this flavor-packed recipe for Quick Shrimp Scampi starring a garlicky, lemony white wine sauce.

A large skillet containing Quick Shrimp Scampi with cherry tomatoes, chili flakes and fresh herbs

If shrimp scampi is on a restaurant menu, I will order it 10 out of 10 times. It’s one of those dishes that just makes my taste buds sing. What’s not to love about all that garlic?

The Best Shrimp Scampi Sauce

I’ve updated the classic to include cherry tomatoes and your choice of pasta, which all gets tossed in a fresh lemon sauce that comes together in mere minutes. We’re talking 20 minutes, start to finish, and it’s all thanks to making the sauce while your pasta cooks. Multitasking at its finest!

A close-up view of shrimp scampi with linguine and cherry tomatoes garnished with fresh herbs

An optional dash of crushed red pepper flakes lends a touch of heat, while plenty of fresh parsley adds a pop of herby flavor to every bite of this Quick Shrimp Scampi.

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The best shrimp scampi in a skillet with lemon wedges next to two small bowls containing fresh herbs and crushed red pepper

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Quick Shrimp Scampi

This recipe for Quick Shrimp Scampi with Linguine is easy enough for busy weeknights and impressive enough for weekend dinner parties.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.64 from 11 votes
A large skillet containing Quick Shrimp Scampi with cherry tomatoes, chili flakes and fresh herbs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 12 oz. uncooked linguine pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.
  • In a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook, flipping once, until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and cook until it has reduced by half.
  • Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  • Using tongs, transfer the pasta from the water to the sauté pan and toss to coat.
  • Drizzle the pasta with olive oil then serve.
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Calories: 588kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 286mg, Sodium: 897mg, Potassium: 436mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 814IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 205mg, Iron: 4mg


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  1. 5 stars
    I make this for my husband all the time….One of his favorites….if I don’t have the cherry tomatoes I use a can of diced tomatoes….He likes it better because there isn’t any skins…..Yummmmm

  2. 5 stars
    This is a favorite for both myself and my husband. Quick, easy and always delicious. Have been making this for a couple of years and will not stop. So glad I found this recipe! Thank you Kelly.

  3. 5 stars
    I love pasta, and my husband always moans “not tonight”! He loved this recipe and just kept raving! Thank you so much Kelly! The only variation I made to the recipe was adding a knob of butter at the end per other suggestions. I’m making it again this week for company and I think I’ll throw in more fresh tomatoes just before adding the pasta. Definitely a KEEPER!

    1. This is what I love to read, Leslie! I’m so thrilled you and your husband enjoyed the recipe!

  4. 1 star
    Unfortunately, my family was not wowed with this recipe. They thought it was a waste of shrimp & was quite bland. They do tend to like spicy & this is not it.

  5. 5 stars
    It is amazing what the cherry tomatoes do for the recipe! I’ve added them to Cacio e Pepe (parmesan and black pepper) pasta as well. SOO good. A great game changer for lots of different pasta dishes. Thanks.

  6. 5 stars
    I had saved about a dozen shrimp scampi recipes in my file, but saw that this recipe had cherry tomatoes in it and decided to try this one. Oh. My. God.! Game- changing ingredient. All of your recipes are really special, and I have tried many, but this one was definitely a keeper.
    The only thing I did at the end was scoop a bit of the pasta water into the garlicky shrimp mixture to make more sauce and thicken it and it was perfect. Great flavors!!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe twice now! My husband and I absolutely love it. It’s quick, EASY and delicious. It looks and tastes like a fancy meal that you’ve spent hours on but it’s actually so easy and fast (and I’m not a seasoned cook by any means!).

  8. I made this for dinner on Valentine’s Day for my husband and me. It was quick, easy and tasted AMAZING!!! I will definitely be making this again and again. TY!

  9. 5 stars
    This past summer I showed my son how to grow cherry tomatoes. We had a huge bumper crop. To help use up the tomatoes, I created this recipe almost exactly. I had no idea it was shrimp scampi. The only difference is I finish the sauce with a generous hob of butter to bring it together and I used linguine fini which is the skinny linguine. This is a huge favorite in my house, so I usually make a little bit more. Great minds think alike! lol.