Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi (Copycat) 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.

Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi (Copycat) Recipe

How to Make Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Copycat

Bring this Red Lobster shrimp scampi recipe home. A plateful of delectable and savory seafood all in one dish for the whole family to share.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • 1 lb medium shrimp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • cups white wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  • parmesan cheese, grated
  • lemon wedges


  1. In a mixing bowl season the shrimp with salt and pepper and give a good mix.
  2. In a medium-sized pan, heat olive oil. Add shrimp to the pan. Cook and occasionally stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove when shrimp turns pink.
  3. Lower heat and add minced garlic. Stir the garlic for about 1 minute until it becomes fragrant. Then add white wine and mix.
  4. Bring the heat back up and allow it to boil for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once the wine boils reduce heat and simmer until it is reduced in half.
  5. Add in butter and let it melt. Then Add the Italian seasoning and chopped parsley and stir.
  6. Return shrimp to the pot and stir to coat with the sauce. Then quickly remove from heat so as not to overcook the shrimp.
  7. Transfer to a plate and garnish with parmesan, parsley, and 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’.


  • Sugar: 1g
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  • Calcium: 211mg
  • Calories: 433kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 286mg
  • Fat: 28g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 212mg
  • Protein: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 2027mg
  • Vitamin A: 1196IU
  • Vitamin C: 11mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently 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.

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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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