This Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi recipe is an easy weeknight meal you can have on your table in under 30 minutes! The lemon, pepper, and buttery citrus seasoning works perfectly with the shrimp and pasta combination!
Whether you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner, or a special seafood recipe to serve to your loved ones, this Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi is sure to be a pleaser! The shrimp quickly cooks up and is tossed with a lemony butter and garlic sauce coats both the shrimp and pasta.
Easy Shrimp Pasta Dinner
My family loves seafood and pasta dishes. The two blend together so well and when you add some garlic, butter, and lemon you get the perfect pasta dish!
I love finding various ways to serve up my shrimp recipes. Some of my favorites are Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Broccoli Cavatappi and Keto Coconut Curry Shrimp and Zoodles. However, I have to say that when it comes right down to it, the flavors in this particular recipe are classic scampi flavors that can't be beat!
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Orzo Pasta, this is a small rice-shaped pasta that works really well in dishes like this Shrimp Scampi. All of the pasta is coated in the sauce and you still get a toothsome bite.
Raw shrimp, I like use frozen large shrimp for this recipe, I just thaw, peel and remove the tails.
Butter, salted butter is the way I go for this recipe.
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Citrus reamer, I love this wooden one. When using it, I always use a small sieve to strain the seeds and pulp from the juice.
Liquid measuring cups, I bring these up because I love them and use them all the time, these are the measuring cups I love.
Garlic press for mincing fresh garlic in a flash. I use one similar to this one.
Large pot, for boiling the orzo pasta.
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and ¼ teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate.
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan over medium heat and add remaining shrimp to pan; saute 2 minutes or until almost done.
Toss shrimp with Orzo, sprinkle with some more fresh parsley and serve.
💭 Top Tips
The shrimp is cooked when it is no opaque. To prevent overcooking, remove it from the skillet to make the sauce. Do not return the shrimp to the heat. Just toss with the sauce to coat.
To make this a low carb scampi recipe, substitute zucchini noodles for the pasta.
Whisk the lemon juice into the butter garlic mixture and then return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat.
Add a little heat and sprinkle the finished dish some red pepper flakes when tossing the shrimp and sauce together.
Substitute angel hair pasta for the orzo.
Deglaze the skillet with ¼ cup white wine, then continue to make the lemon butter sauce.
🦐 More Shrimp Recipes
- Shrimp Quesadillas - Low Carb Recipe
- Buddha Bowl with Shrimp and Butternut Squash
- Old Bay Boiled Shrimp
- Cajun Shrimp with Creamy Creole Sauce
- Bang Bang Shrimp
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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi
- ½ cup uncooked orzo
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt divided
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter divided
- 12 ounces peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
- Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and ¼ teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate.
- Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan and add remaining shrimp to pan; saute 2 minutes or until almost done.
- Toss shrimp with Orzo, sprinkle with some more fresh parsley and serve.