Succulent shrimp tossed in a garlicky, buttery sauce and baked to perfection. Learn how to make this easy weeknight meal!
If you are looking for an easy dinner idea that aims to please and is super easy to make? You are going to love this baked shrimp scampi recipe that is straight from my grandmother’s vault. And it’s the best-tasting dump-and-go recipe out there!
You read that right…this is a recipe for baked shrimp scampi and it is outstanding!
My grandmother gave it to me before she passed and it is sooooooo much better than sautéing it over the hot stove!
My kids have always loved it, even when they were little, and you can even use the leftovers to make shrimp scampi flatbread pizza!
I make this oven shrimp scampi recipe all the time because it is so easy, so good, and a major crowd-pleaser. It’s quick to make, easy to clean up, and easily modifiable.
Your guests are vegetarian?
No problem, substitute shrimp for tofu.
Do you prefer scallops to shrimp?
No problem, swap it out.
It is not a red meat-type recipe, but I bet you could even swap the shrimp out for chicken breast if you cut it up into shrimp-sized pieces.
This easy shrimp scampi in the oven recipe is that versatile. So set the table for an amazing Italian dinner tonight. Wait until you try it!
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What is Shrimp Scampi Sauce Made Of?
There are several variations of shrimp scampi sauce, but most often, you’ll see it made with garlic, butter, and white wine.
But THIS oven shrimp scampi recipe does not call for any white white. It instead uses garlic, butter, and extra virgin olive oil.
And it’s really really good. You don’t need the white wine in this one.
How Do You Thicken a Scampi Sauce?
If you prefer a thicker scampi sauce, you can add about a tablespoon of cornstarch that is mixed with an equal amount of water.
I’ve never done it before, but you could add this cornstarch mixture about halfway through the cooking time when you mix up the shrimp so it cooks all the way through.
What is the Best Wine for Shrimp Scampi?
While this easy-baked shrimp scampi recipe does not use wine, a good white wine like sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, or pinot grigio would work well in a shrimp scampi sauce that is sauteed.
I have not tried wine in this recipe, but I bet you could! If you do though, let me know how it is!
What is Creamy Scampi Sauce Made Of?
If you prefer a recipe for shrimp scampi sauce that is a bit creamier, you can add 1/4 cup of heavy cream or half and half a scampi sauce when sauteeing it.
For this recipe, you can add it about halfway through the cooking time when you mix up all of the shrimp.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Shrimp Scampi in the Oven?
Shrimp cooks fairly quickly in the oven but it’s important to give it a little szhuzsh halfway through cooking so it heats all the way through.
I bake my scampi in the oven set to 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.
How to Make This Recipe for Shrimp Scampi in the Oven
Baked shrimp scampi is a hassle-free seafood dish that’s perfect for a dinner party or a quick and delicious weeknight supper.
Wait until you try it!
Believe it or not, not much is needed to make this super yummy recipe. You can easily keep most of it on hand and whip it up in a matter of minutes.
Here’s what you need:
- Fresh or frozen shrimp
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
What I love most about this dish, is the ease in making it! Because you pretty much just dump the ingredients into a baking dish and go!
To make this baked shrimp scampi recipe, I start with butter, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic first. Then I add the shrimp.
Top it with chopped parsley before it goes into the oven. Mix it halfway through to ensure the shrimp fully cooks. I usually use a slotted spoon or something similar as I mix it up.
Check your shrimp scampi in the oven for around 25 minutes to see if the fish is fully cooked and no longer translucent.
Keep in mind that depending on your oven, the cooking time could be more or less so check them when you mix it up halfway through cooking.
Then serve it over pasta such as spaghetti, fettucine, or linguine. However, you can serve it over other types of pasta too.
The Best Baked Shrimp Scampi You Will Ever Have
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place shrimp, butter, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chopped parsley in a roasting or casserole dish.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked and no longer translucent. (Cooking time could be more or less depending on your oven)
- Mix the shrimp up halfway through cooking to make sure it fully cooks.
- Serve and enjoy on it's own or over a bowl of pasta like spaghetti, linguini or fettucine.
And If You Have Leftovers?
If we have leftovers, I like to make shrimp scampi flatbread pizza the next day. If you want leftovers, you should double or triple this recipe. Whenever I make this recipe, we have just enough for our family of 5.
So if you plan to serve it for a dinner party, I’d at least double it.
And definitely offer lots of crust Italian or French bread to soak up the delicious scampi sauce.
More About Shrimp Scampi Recipe in the Oven
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