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Shrimp Scampi with Basil

Adding basil to traditional Italian-American shrimp scampi gives it a boost of sweet flavor to balance the lemon and garlic in the dish.

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Shrimp scampi is a classic recipe that you’ll find in many restaurants, especially Italian-American restaurants. But the origin of the dish has some discrepancies with the name. If you look it up, the word “scampi” is actually for a specific type of small lobster. When the recipe came to America, it was swapped for shrimp since that’s more readily available. Both names were kept to keep things easier.

Most people think of shrimp scampi as shrimp cooked with garlic in a white wine sauce over pasta. While that’s the typical meal, there are many variations.

Our AeroGarden was overrun with basil, so I decided to make a shrimp scampi recipe that included a decent amount of basil. Usually, I would go for cilantro with shrimp and seafood, but the basil worked well. It adds a bit of a sweet flavor to balance out the garlic and wine.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked whole-wheat linguine
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil, torn
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
Ingredients for shrimp scampi on a wooden surface

Preparation

Cook the pasta according to the directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt and the pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are partially opaque.

Shrimp cooking in oil in a skillet on a wooden surface

Add the white wine and garlic and continue to cook, stirring often, until the shrimp are mostly cooked through.

Cooked shrimp in white wine sauce in a skillet on a wooden surface

Add the pasta and 1/4 cup of the cooking water and bring to a simmer. Place the butter, lemon juice, and remaining 1 tsp of salt in the pasta. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. Add more cooking water, 1/4 cup at a time, as needed.

Cooked shrimp with cooked pasta noodles in a skillet on a wooden surface

Remove from the heat and stir in 1/3 cup of basil. Top with lemon zest, basil leaves, and pepper.

Shrimp scampi with basil on a round gray plate on top of a grey and white placemat with a stainless steel fork and a glass of water all on a white surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Any leftover shrimp scampi can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Reheat in a skillet, adding a bit of butter if needed.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 23, 2021

Updated On: April 29, 2021

Shrimp scampi with basil on a round gray plate on top of a grey and white placemat with a stainless steel fork and a glass of water all on a white surface

Shrimp Scampi with Basil

Adding basil to traditional Italian-American shrimp scampi gives it a boost of sweet flavor to balance the lemon and garlic in the dish.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
|
Italian
Keyword:
pasta
|
pasta noodles
|
seafood
|
shrimp
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
|
Nut-Free
Meat:
Seafood
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked whole-wheat linguine
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb large shrimp (peeled, deveined)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil (torn)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions until al dente
  • Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add the shrimp and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt and the pepper
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are partially opaque
  • Add the white wine and garlic and continue to cook, stirring often, until the shrimp are mostly cooked through
  • Add the pasta and 1/4 cup of the cooking water and bring to a simmer
  • Place the butter, lemon juice, and remaining 1 tsp of salt in the pasta
  • Stir constantly until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta
  • Add more cooking water, 1/4 cup at a time, as needed
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 1/3 cup of basil
  • Top with lemon zest, basil leaves, and pepper
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Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Scampi with Basil
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 316mg105%
Sodium 1855mg77%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Shrimp Scampi with Basil FAQs

What is scampi?

Scampi is actually a small lobster-like crustacean. It’s not easily available in the United States so shrimp was used in it’s place.
Src: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/07/dining/07appe.html

Do I have to add basil?

Nope, that’s the beauty of cooking for yourself. You can add or omit anything.

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