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. It’s the best-tasting dump-and-go recipe out there and if you are a big fan of shrimp pasta dishes, you’ll want to add this one to your repertoire.

Oh, and you read that right…this is a recipe for baked shrimp scampi and it is outstanding! You’ll never make shrimp scampi on the stovetop again.

My grandmother gave me this shrimp and pasta recipe before she passed and it is so 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!

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Easy Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This recipe for baked shrimp scampi is a hassle-free seafood dish that’s perfect for a dinner party or a quick and delicious weeknight supper. My husband loves it when I make this. And it was the first seafood dish my children enjoyed as they were growing up. Wait until you try it!

Ingredients to Make Baked Shrimp Scampi

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
  • Butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Spaghetti
  • Salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle parsley over shrimp, oil, butter, and garlic in baking dish to make this recipe for baked shrimp scampi

Directions to Make This Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta Dish

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:

  • 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, fettuccine, or linguine. However, you can serve it over other types of pasta too.

Add ing linquine to boiliing water to serve with baked shrimp scampi

Oven-Baked vs Stovetop Shrimp Scampi: What’s the Difference?

Both oven and stovetop methods have their merits and drawbacks when it comes to whipping up shrimp scampi. I prefer baking it in the oven. Here’s why.

  • Hands-off cooking: Once you toss everything in the oven, you can relax and let it do its thing. This is a great way to make it if you are or want a dish that’s less maintenance to prepare.
  • Less of a mess: Baking minimizes splatters and keeps your stovetop clean. And really, who doesn’t want less cleaning to do when they are cooking?
  • Even cooking: The oven’s heat circulates evenly, ensuring all the shrimp cook through consistently.

Ultimately, the “easier” method depends on your preferences and priorities but for me, baking is the way to go. It’s a classic dump-and-go recipe that takes minutes to prepare. Sure, it might take longer to cook versus on the stovetop, but I’d rather not stand over a hot stove making dinner if I don’t have to.

Mix it up in the middle of baking so the shrimp cooks evenly - How to Make Baked Shrimp Scampi

What is Shrimp Scampi?

Shrimp scampi is a classic Italian-American dish featuring tender shrimp bathed in a garlicky, buttery, lemon-white wine sauce. It’s typically served over pasta, but can also be enjoyed with crusty bread or zucchini noodles for a lighter option if you prefer.

To me, it’s one of the best shrimp pasta dishes out there. And if there’s an easy way to make it? I am on it. I make this oven 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.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe Variations

What I love most about this recipe is the versatility. 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 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!

Toss raw uncooked cleaned shrimp with the oil, butter and garlic to make recipe for baked shrimp scampi

How to Select the Best Shrimp

Here are some tips to help you choose the best shrimp for your baked scampi:

Freshness is Key

Look for shrimp with translucent shells that are shiny and firm. Avoid shrimp with dull, discolored shells or black spots. Fresh shrimp should be firm and springy to the touch. Avoid mushy or slimy shrimp. Fresh shrimp should have a mild, pleasant ocean or saltwater smell. Avoid shrimp with a strong ammonia odor, which indicates spoilage.

Wild-Caught vs. Farm-Raised

Wild-caught shrimp tend to have a slightly more complex and nuanced flavor compared to farm-raised shrimp. Wild-caught shrimp can have a higher environmental impact due to bycatch. Look for certifications from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for shrimp caught using sustainable practices. Farm-raised shrimp can also be sustainable, so look for certifications from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Form and Size

  • Fresh vs. Frozen: Frozen shrimp is often a good option, as shrimp is highly perishable. Look for Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) shrimp, which freezes shrimp flash-frozen individually to preserve quality.
  • Shell-On vs. Peeled: Shell-on shrimp can have a slightly better flavor because the shells protect the flesh during cooking. However, peeled shrimp saves you prep time.
  • Size: For baked scampi, a medium-sized shrimp (41-50 per pound) is a good option.

When I’m making this recipe for baked shrimp scampi as a quick weeknight dinner, I use frozen because it is easier to whip up. However, if I’m cooking for guests, I’ll usually buy fresh from the seafood counter at the market.

Additional Tips

  • Look for shrimp sold over ice at the fish counter.
  • Ask your fishmonger about the origin and freshness of the shrimp.
  • Buy only the amount of shrimp you’ll need for your recipe, as shrimp is best cooked fresh.
baked shrimp scampi up close
Baked Shrimp Scampi

Prepping in Advance

While this dish is pretty easy to make, you can assemble all of the ingredients and keep it refrigerated before you bake it that day.

Savoring the Scampi: Storing Leftovers

Shrimp scampi is a delightful dish, but sometimes you might have some leftover. The good news is you can easily store leftovers for future enjoyment! Here’s how to keep your shrimp scampi fresh and delicious:

Refrigerator Storage

Let leftover shrimp scampi cool completely at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. Then, transfer it to an airtight container. This helps prevent bacterial growth. Properly stored, leftover shrimp scampi will last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Freezer Storage

Consider portioning leftovers into individual containers for lunch or quick meals. Wrap the container tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Date the container and freeze it as quickly as possible to maintain quality. Frozen leftover shrimp scampi will keep its best quality for up to 3 months.

Reheating Tips

Always thaw frozen shrimp scampi overnight in the refrigerator for food safety. Reheat leftover shrimp scampi gently over low heat on the stovetop or in the oven until warmed through. Be careful not to overcook, as shrimp can become tough.

baked shrimp scampi in the oven

Baked Shrimp Scampi: FAQs Answered

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 good! You don’t need the white wine in this baked shrimp scampi recipe.

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!

Baked Shrimp Scampi when it comes out of the oven

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. To make this baked shrimp scampi recipe creamier, 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.

Can I Add Scallops or Other Seafood to Baked Shrimp Scampi?

Yes! You can make a shrimp and scallop scampi recipe following the same directions. Cut the amount of shrimp to 1/2 a pound and use 1/2-1 pound of scallops in its place when making this baked shrimp scampi recipe.

Should I Use Spaghetti With Shrimp?

Yes, spaghetti with shrimp is always a great option, but you can also use angel hair, fettuccine, or whatever types of noodles you prefer. I suggest not using rotini, penne, or rigatoni-type pasta because it doesn’t work as well with this shrimp and pasta recipe. Longer noodle-type pasta is best to use with shrimp scampi recipes because they hold the sauce better.

Baked Shrimp Scampi when it comes out of the oven

The Best Baked Shrimp Scampi You Will Ever Have

Stacy Ling
Looking for an easy dinner that aims to please and is super easy to make? Try this baked shrimp scampi recipe. It’s the best-tasting dump-and-go recipe out there!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 869 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
    Toss raw uncooked cleaned shrimp with the oil, butter and garlic to make recipe for baked shrimp scampi
  • Place shrimp, butter, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chopped parsley in a roasting or casserole dish.
    sprinkle parsley over shrimp, oil, butter, and garlic in baking dish to make this recipe for baked shrimp scampi
  • 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.
    Mix it up in the middle of baking so the shrimp cooks evenly - How to Make Baked Shrimp Scampi
  • Boil and prepare pasta
    Add ing linquine to boiliing water to serve with baked shrimp scampi
  • Serve and enjoy on it's own or over a bowl of pasta like spaghetti, linguini or fettucine.
    Baked Shrimp Scampi when it comes out of the oven

Notes

If you are low carbing, serve as is. Or you can serve over linguini or spaghetti (any pasta you have on hand can work too).

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 869kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 27gFat: 84gSaturated Fat: 46gPolyunsaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 422mgSodium: 1698mg
Keyword Baked Shrimp Scampi
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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.

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The Best Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe You'll Ever Have
Baked Shrimp Scampi
adding butter, extra virgin olive oil and garlic in baking dish to make baked shrimp scampi recipe

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  1. This was easy and assume! I did change it a little:
    2lbs shrimp
    1.5 sticks butter
    1/3 c. EVOO
    1/4c Champaign/dry white wine
    4 cloves garlic
    Salt, pepper and the parsley
    Sprinkled red pepper flakes
    Did the dump part of the recipe, was so easy and would make again!!!