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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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!
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
- White Wine
What Type of Wine to Use
I recommend dry, white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay.
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.
- Add garlic to a skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- 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.
- Add the butter to the skillet. Allow it melt.
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.
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.
What to Pair with Scampi
- Zucchini Noodles
- Roasted Ranch Potatoes
- Ranch Mashed Potatoes
- Cauliflower Mash
- Southern Fried Cabbage
- Okra and Tomatoes
- Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken
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Shrimp Parmesan (Parmigiana)
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Easy Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi
- 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
- 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.