Copycat Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Jump To Recipe Team Team Published: October 2, 2020 Modified: November 17, 2020
Copycat Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe

You may have heard of the shrimp scampi dish and thought that it’s a high-class dish. But we guarantee you, it’s not. Above all, you can make some shrimp scampi in the comfort of your own kitchen. Try making this shrimp scampi recipe and we guarantee that you’ll never forget about it!

For today’s recipe, we’ll show you how you can make shrimp scampi recipe the Red Lobster way. This recipe tries to recreate the restaurant’s scrumptious recipe and now you can have it anytime. Luckily, this dish is simple and hassle-free. So all you need to do is follow these simple steps and you’re good to go.

Make sure to choose the freshest ingredients for this shrimp recipe. Lastly, serve this with some crusty bread and your preferred wine to make every dinner fancy. Also, we find that this recipe goes perfect with a few slices of crusty bread. Why bread? Crusty bread is one of the best things to soak up this garlicky-buttery sauce! Additionally, baguettes are another bread favorite but you can certainly toss in any type of bread in the oven for a few minutes to give it a good bite!

If you love seafood and are in need of another recipe idea, try our Copycat Outback Steakhouse Grilled Salmon recipe.

Copycat Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe Video

How to Make Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Copycat

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Learn how to make Red Lobster's famous shrimp scampi in the comfort of your own home. Experience a delectable plate of seafood enough for the family, without having to go over the budget.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
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  • 1 lb medium shrimp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups white wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Toss the shrimp in a bowl along with salt and pepper.

  2. Give them a good mix to season the shrimp evenly. Set aside.

  3. In a medium-sized pan, heat up the olive oil.

  4. Add shrimp into the pan. Keep an eye on the shrimp, stirring occasionally for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove once shrimp turns pink.

  5. Reduce heat and add minced garlic. Stir the garlic for roughly 1 minute until it becomes fragrant.

  6. Add in the white wine and stir to mix.

  7. Bring the heat back up and allow it to come to a boil for about 4 to 5 minutes.

  8. Once the liquid starts to boil, reduce the heat slightly and let it simmer until it has reduced to about half the volume.

  9. Add the Italian seasoning and stir. Add the butter and let it melt. Then throw in the chopped parsley.

  10. Return shrimp to the pot and toss carefully to coat with the sauce. Quickly remove them from the heat so as not to overcook the shrimp.

  11. Plate and garnish with parmesan cheese, parsley, and some fresh lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

When you are at step 4, remember not to overcook the shrimp. The shape of your shrimp should resemble a letter ‘C’ and not an ‘O’.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I use as a substitute for white wine?

Suppose you are not fond of white wine and are not a fan of the taste but you still want to make a mean shrimp scampi. Are there alternatives? Yes, there can be alternatives for white wine in making shrimp scampi. For instance, apple cider vinegar is considered to be the best alternative. Apple cider vinegar has a sweet taste that is somewhat similar to white wine. Another alternative ingredient for you to use is white grape juice. However, white grape juice is sweet so you might want to add vinegar to it.

How to devein shrimp?

You want to make sure your shrimp is peeled and deveined before cooking with them! Some people, like us, prefer to leave the tails on but you can nick those off if you prefer. Start where the legs are and pull back to remove the shell. Most of it will come off easily enough. If you’re keeping the tails on you can keep your grip on the tail while pulling the legs back. To devein, make a small slit along the back of your shrimp. You will notice that there is a black line that runs across the back. Use your knife to gently dislodge it before wiping it on a kitchen napkin or holding it under running water. Voila, peeled and deveined shrimp. Alternatively, you can buy your shrimp peeled and deveined for convenience.

How to thicken shrimp scampi sauce?

The addition of cold butter while cooking this dish will ensure a thicker sauce. The cold butter will trigger the emulsification process as soon as it hits the warm pan allowing the sauce to become thicker and creamier.



The buttery goodness of this shrimp scampi recipe will definitely call for some starch. You may serve this shrimp scampi with toasted bread, rice, or couscous. In most cases, like in restaurants, the shrimp scampi often comes with a salad. Try tossing in some Caesar salad or even a vegetable salad to complete this dish!

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