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Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

This Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Linguine is perfect served with our Arugula Fennel Salad.
There are several things happening at once in this recipe, so be sure to read through the instructions before beginning.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Fish, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 824kcal
Author: Anna


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, see Gr8 Notes below
  • ½ cup milk, this can be a dairy free milk, if desired
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, about ½ of a large lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • ½ fresh lemon, thinly sliced for garnish, if desired
  • 12 ounces linguine


  • Start a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. You will want to add the linguine just as you are beginning to cook the shrimp.
  • Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails on. To butterfly the shrimp, use a sharp paring knife and make an incision down the back of each shrimp about ¼-inch deep. Remove the vein and discard.
  • Rinse the peeled and butterflied shrimp in a colander and let drain.
  • In a shallow bowl or pie pan whisk together the flour, salt, paprika, pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  • For the milk I measure it into a 1-cup liquid measuring cup and use that for dipping the shrimp.
  • Heat 3 Tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • With the side of a wide knife crush the garlic cloves and add them to the oil. When the oil is hot and the garlic is fragrant, remove the crushed cloves from the pan.
  • Meanwhile, when the water is boiling, add the linguine and let it cook while you are cooking the shrimp. Just before the pasta is al dente, remove the pan from the heat. The linguine will continue to cook in the hot water until you are ready to transfer it to the sauce.
  • Dip shrimp into the milk then dredge in the flour mixture. Be sure the flour covers the whole shrimp, including in the butterflied crevice.
  • When the oil is hot, stand the shrimp up on their butterflied backs and cook until golden, about a minute or so. Turn the shrimp and cook each side until golden brown all around. Shrimp should be cooked and golden brown in 5 to 6 minutes. Remove to a nearby warm plate.
  • I do the shrimp in 2 batches, 10 shrimp each batch. After the first batch add 2 to 3 more Tablespoons olive oil to the pan.
  • When all the shrimp are cooked and out of the pan, pour the white wine into the pan scraping up the yummy browned bits. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by about half.
  • Add the butter to the wine mixture. When the butter is melted add the lemon juice and remove from the heat.
  • Using a spaghetti server or tongs transfer the cooked pasta into the sauce. If necessary, add some of the pasta water until there is enough sauce to satisfy you.
  • Stir in the chopped parsley.
  • Stand the shrimp up on top of the pasta and garnish with lemon slices.


Gr8 Tips:
Jumbo shrimp are counted as 21 to 25 shrimp per pound. I like to serve 4 shrimp to each guest; which for 4 guests should leave enough left over for seconds. Click here for a shrimp sizing chart.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 824kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 304mg | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 5mg
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