This delicious and sophisticated Shrimp Scampi without Wine is served in a decadent and buttery garlic sauce with no alcohol needed! Easy, kid-friendly, and elegant, this is a low calorie shrimp dish that’s also a good source of vitamin B12.
You can prepare this meal in less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Add more healthy seafood into your diet with this simple but reliable recipe!
👩🏻🍳 Why You'll Love This Recipe
This shrimp scampi recipe without wine is a delicious, restaurant-quality pasta dish that you can easily make in your own home. Whether you want something hearty and healthy for a quick weeknight meal or you're looking to impress family and guests by serving a fancy meal, this seafood pasta entree will get the job done!
In under 30 minutes, you can prepare and cook this creamy and flavorful meal. Making this dish without wine means it's 100% kid friendly and low-calorie!
And if you can't get enough shrimp in your life, try these bold and exciting Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos!
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- butter - creates a sauce that's creamy and rich.
- garlic - for depth of savory flavor.
- shallots - unlike onions, shallots provide a more subtle sweetness with just a hint of that onion-y sharpness.
- shrimp - if you don't mind splurging, it can save time to buy them de-veined and tail off.
- chicken broth - helps form the creamy lemon butter sauce.
- lemon juice - aids in cutting through some of the rich creaminess with citrus acidity.
- red pepper flakes - adds a pop of color and some heat.
- linguine - while many types of pasta would work with this shrimp scampi, I prefer linguine since the thickness allows the noodles to pick up lots of sauce!
- parsley - this garnish adds a beautiful pop of color.
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
- Saute the garlic and shallots for about 5 minutes, or until they're soft.
- Cook the shrimp until it turns pink, which should take 4-5 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken broth, lemon juice, and add red pepper flakes. Let simmer for 2 minutes.
- Serve over cooked linguine and sprinkle with parsley for garnish, if desired.
In traditional scampi sauce, white wine is used to add some sweetness and acidity and to build the flavor. A combination of chicken broth and lemon juice will have a similar effect.
A fairly common version of the sauce is made from garlic, olive oil, white wine, butter, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice.
If you prefer a thicker sauce, whisk about a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water until dissolved, then add to the sauce.
Yes, and there's no need to thaw! Just be aware that this can add some extra water to the sauce. You'll want to let it cook a little bit longer to let some of that water evaporate from the dish, as well as to account for cooking from frozen.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- While fresh lemon juice is typically the way to go, it can be much more convenient to use bottled.
- If you like a saucier dish, add a half cup of pasta water to the sauce. The starch from the pasta will also thicken the sauce a bit!
- Be sure not to overcook or you'll end up with tough or rubbery shrimp.
- If you're worried about burning, use a bit of olive oil to do most of the bulk of the cooking, then add the butter at the end to thicken the sauce and make it nice and rich.
📌 You'll love this Shrimp Scampi Without Wine for its bold and comforting flavor, as well as how easy it is to make! Great for a quick weeknight meal but elegant enough to serve for a fancy dinner.
📖 Substitutions and Variations
- If you want even more lemon flavor, add some lemon zest to the sauce.
- To use wine as normal, just replace the chicken broth with an equal amount of white wine.
- For jarred minced garlic, use about 2 tablespoons to start.
- Looking for even more flavor, color, and nutrition? Add some diced fresh tomatoes!
- Feel free to serve this dish on its own without the pasta, or even over rice, zoodles, or with some crusty bread to dip in the sauce.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Store your leftover shrimp scampi in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, transfer to a microwave safe bowl and microwave until heated through. You can also heat a small amount of butter in a pan and add the shrimp scampi, then stir until hot.
You can also freeze any leftovers for 2-3 months. When reheating, it's best to let the scampi thaw in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.
💡 What To Serve With This Dish
While this dish is plenty filling on its own, you'll probably want something to serve alongside to make this a true meal!
Serve with Homemade Cheddar Bacon Slow Cooker Bread or Crock Pot Bread with Garlic and Parmesan, add some Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits for an extra kick, or put together a quick and healthy Kale Caesar Salad.
🍤 More Shrimp Recipes You'll Love
- Shrimp Grilled Cheese - Make this seafood twist on the classic to elevate your grilled cheese nights!
- Shrimp Curry with Broccoli and Rice - Loaded with nutrition, this shrimp curry dish doesn't sacrifice any flavor!
- Creamy Rice and Shrimp - This easy dish is a velvety shrimp meal with healthy veggies and filling rice.
- Cajun Shrimp Lasagna - Spicy and bold, this lasagna from The Stay at Home Chef is loaded with Cajun flavors!
Love linguine but don't have any shrimp on hand? Try this Garlic Parmesan Linguine recipe!
Shrimp Scampi with No Wine
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📋 Recipe Card
Shrimp Scampi Without Wine
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- ¾ pound medium shrimp, cleaned and tail-off
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 8 ounces linguine, cooked
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped (optional)
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.¼ cup butter
- Add garlic and shallots, and sauté for about 5 minutes or until soft.2 garlic cloves, minced, 2 shallots, minced
- Add shrimp and cook over medium heat until shrimp turns pink, about 4 minutes.¾ pound medium shrimp, cleaned and tail-off
- Add chicken broth, lemon juice, and red pepper. Simmer for about 2 minutes.¼ cup chicken broth, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Serve over cooked linguine, sprinkled with chopped parsley (if desired).8 ounces linguine, cooked, ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- Frozen shrimp works great in this recipe - no need to thaw.
- Fresh lemon juice is best, but I won't lie, I mostly use bottled because it's convenient to keep on hand.
- If you want to use wine in this recipe, swap it in for the chicken broth, using the same amount.
- To use jarred minced garlic, use 2 tablespoons.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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