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Copycat Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi

  • Author: Samantha Shue
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A true copycat version of a menu favorite. Red Lobster shrimp scampi is so easy to make and tastes just like the restaurant favorite. Done in 30 minutes or less.


  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped for serving
  • Grated Parmesan, optional for serving


  1. Season both sides of the shrimp with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, turning them once with tongs. Set aside the cooked shrimp on a plate.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the skillet, and cook for 1 minute. 
  5. Deglaze the pan with white wine and lemon juice. Scraping up the bits in the pan with a wooden or silicone spoon.
  6. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  7. Stir in the butter and 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning until melted into the sauce.
  8. Add the shrimp back to the skillet and stir. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  9. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


  1. I am using Wild Caught Argentinean Raw Extra Large Peeled & Deveined Frozen Shrimp in this recipe. Frozen shrimp tend to cost less than fresh shrimp.
  2. When using frozen shrimp, thaw completely before you begin to cook.
  3. How to thaw frozen shrimp:
    1. On the day of – place the frozen shrimp into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Stir to break the frozen shrimp apart. The shrimp will be thawed in 10-15 minutes.
    2. Place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator the night before. Shrimp will thaw by morning.
  4. You can serve shrimp scampi with noodles, rice, asparagus, broccoli, or crusty bread.
  5. I like to keep the tails on for presentation but you can remove them before you cook the shrimp if you prefer.
  6. Pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel before adding them to the skillet. Any extra liquid will cause the shrimp to steam instead of sear.
  7. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: seafood

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