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Easy Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi

This Easy Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi is a quick and easy recipe that provides step-by-step instructions on how to make restaurant-quality garlic butter sauce with succulent shrimp, white wine, and parmesan cheese.

red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan

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This post was originally published in 2018. It has since been updated.

I used to love dining out at Red Lobster. Today, I STILL love those cheddar bay biscuits. You seriously can’t shame me into disliking those!

Another favorite of mine from those days was their Garlic Shrimp Scampi. I always seemed to pair it with every dish I ordered. It’s prepared with juicy shrimp and a garlicy sauce. YES, please!

ingredients for red lobster shrimp scampi

What Type of Shrimp to Use

Shrimp can be found at the grocery store in a few different ways. There is raw, pre-cooked, raw and frozen, deveined, tails on, tails off, etc.

I never use pre-cooked shrimp. There is an obvious difference in taste due to the lack of quality. The shrimp is cooked and then frozen and you have to cook it/warm it up again. This usually overcooks the shrimp. Raw shrimp only takes minutes to make, just buy it raw.

Always look for deveined, that’s my preference. The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is the digestive intestinal tract. Is this shrimp poop, yes.

You can buy it with the vein and remove it using a sharp paring knife to make a slit along the back and lift out the vein with the tip of the knife.

Check out tips on How to Peel and Devein Shrimp here.

Buy large shrimp. No one likes those baby shrimp and they are harder to cook with.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl of cold water. The shrimp will thaw within minutes and will be ready to peel.

What’s in Shrimp Scampi Sauce?

The key components to a shrimp scampi sauce are

  • Butter
  • White Wine
  • Garlic

What Type of Wine to Use

I recommend dry, white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay.

shrimp scampi sauce in a pan

How to Make Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add garlic to a skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add white wine, fresh lemon juice, Italian Seasoning, and optional red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes. The wine sauce will start to bubble.
  3. Add the butter to the skillet. Allow it melt.
red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan

How to Substitute Wine and Make the Dish Without Wine

Yes, instead of using wine you can use equal parts of chicken or vegetable broth.

Do You Keep the Tails on the Shrimp?

This is completely up to you and is a matter of preference. Often the tails are left on for presentation purposes only. The shrimp simply looks nicer and will have a nice curve to it when the tails are left on.

Leaving the tail on is often inconvenient when it comes to devouring the meal! It’s your call.

red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan
red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan

Calories in the Dish

Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp Scampi has 240 calories, 18 grams of fat, 4 net carbs, and 17 grams of protein. The macros are very comparable to the macros within this recipe.

red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan

What to Pair with Scampi

red lobster shrimp scampi in a pan

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Easy Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi

This Easy Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi is a quick and easy recipe that provides step-by-step instructions on how to make restaurant-quality garlic butter sauce with succulent shrimp, white wine, and parmesan cheese.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword red lobster copycat recipes, red lobster garlic shrimp scampi recipe, red lobster shrimp scampi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 284kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw shrimp Peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Seafood Seasoning See notes.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup white wine I use Pinot Grigio.
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter Softened.
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • finely chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Season the shrimp with the seafood seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet with the shrimp.
  • Cook both sides of the shrimp for a total of 3-4 minutes until the shrimp turns bright pink.
  • Remove the shrimp from the skillet.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the white wine, fresh lemon juice, Italian Seasoning, and optional red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes. The wine sauce will start to bubble.
  • Lower the heat and cook for 2 additional minutes
  • Add the butter to the skillet. Allow it melt.
  • Add the shrimp back to the pan. Allow the dish to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Video

Notes

You can make your own seafood seasoning using the following: 1/4 teaspoon of: onion powder, garlic powder, crushed bay leaves, dried parsley, and dried chives. You can also simply use your preferred seasoning.
I use the microwave to soften the butter for about 15 seconds.
The white wine plays a key role in the flavor of this dish. You can substitute it for broth, but it will not taste exactly the same.
The sauce is the KEY to the flavor of this dish. Dip every bite you take in the sauce for maximum flavor.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g
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Recipe Rating




Kristin

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I was so excited to come across this recipe because Red Lobster's Garlic Shrimp Scampi is my all time favorite. Quick, easy, and full of flavor, just like the original!

staysnatched

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I'm glad to hear it's like the original.

Marisa

Saturday 1st of January 2022

Amazing. Made this last night for a couple people. Everyone loved it! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

staysnatched

Saturday 1st of January 2022

You're welcome! I'm glad everyone loved it.

Ann

Sunday 26th of December 2021

These were super delicious! I needed a quick shrimp recipe for Christmas dinner. This recipe was not only easy but full of flavor. Good thing I tasted them while cooking because they disappeared very quickly!!!

staysnatched

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Robin

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

The best shrimp scampi on the web! Tasty and full of flavor. Your video's are the best! Thank you again.

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Yay! Thank you so much for that.

Laura

Thursday 13th of May 2021

This is my go to quick and easy meal recipe. So delicious-the whole family loves it!

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Glad to hear the family loves it.