Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe (Copycat)

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Red Lobster Shrimp scampi is one of those absolutely classic Italian-American recipes. The simplicity of the dish perfectly showcases the delights that are shrimp, garlic and butter.

Fun fact: I recently learned that “scampi” is just the Italian word for “shrimp.” So this American dish is actually called “shrimp shrimp.” (Just like “chai” is actually the word for “tea” in Hindi, so “chai tea” is actually “tea tea.” You learn something new every day!)

For many of us, Red Lobster makes us think of indulgence, comfort food and family time. I’m the oldest of my siblings, and the first to move away from home (and when I did, it was actually more than an hour away). When I was first living on my own, I survived on greasy takeout, peanut butter sandwiches, leftovers from work and cold cereal).

So when my parents and younger siblings came to visit, it was always a treat to let them take me out to dinner somewhere nice. And I almost always requested Red Lobster. There wasn’t a Red Lobster in my home town, so my younger siblings were usually just as excited as I was, especially if the word “endless” was on the menu somewhere. And then I could wave them goodbye mostly thinking about my fridge full of everybody’s leftovers and not how much I missed my family.

And I realized much later that their claim that the leftovers wouldn’t keep for the hour drive home was probably just an excuse to leave me with more food. Nostalgia at its butteriest.

And then I moved again, even farther away, and sadly I have never really lived near a Red Lobster since. So I’m starting to develop a collection of copycat dishes for when I’m feeling particularly sentimental about the chain. This copycat recipe for Red Lobster shrimp scampi is as close to a perfect duplicate as I have found.

Red Lobster serves this dish on its own, accompanied by their famous (and seriously addictive) Cheddar Bay biscuits. Many recipes call for shrimp scampi to be served with bread and angel hair spaghetti or linguine, which is comfort food at its finest. It’s easy to add this scampi to pasta; just combine everything right before serving.

If you need a dish that is sure to impress, then this copycat for the popular and indulgent Red Lobster shrimp scampi is a fantastic choice. It’s very budget-friendly (especially using medium-sized shrimp, rather than jumbo) and just unbelievably easy to make. Full of butter and garlic, this recipe perfectly straddles the line between fancy and comfort food, just as great for a cozy family night as it is for a dinner party.

Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

440

kcal

Looking for a dish that will be sure to impress, then red lobster shrimp scampi is a recipe that delights. Butter, garlic and shrimp scampi, what else do you need to make the perfect dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of medium or jumbo shrimp, fresh or thawed

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 1.5 cups of a dry white wine, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, etc.

  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried rosemary (crushed)

  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil

  • 1/2 cup of room temperature unsalted butter

  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped (plus more to garnish if desired)

  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Peel and de-vein the shrimp if necessary. Remove the tails if desired. Season shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mince the garlic and finely chop the parsley.
  • Bring a large skillet to medium heat, and add the olive oil. When the pan starts to steam and the olive oil starts to shimmer, add the shrimp and cook until they’re pink and curling. This will only take a minute or two per side.
  • Remove the shrimp from the skillet as soon as they’re pink, and set them aside to rest for a few minutes. The shrimp will continue to cook a little after being taken off the heat.
  • Lower the heat and add the minced garlic to the skillet. Stir constantly until garlic is soft and fragrant. Add the lemon juice and the white wine.
  • Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil.
  • As soon as it’s boiling, lower the heat and add in the dried rosemary, oregano, thyme, and basil. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half (at least five minutes).
  • One tablespoon at a time, add the butter, stirring constantly until it’s completely melted and totally incorporated.
  • Take the skillet off the heat, add the shrimp and parsley, and stir to combine. Taste the sauce and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve immediately, accompanied by biscuits or toasted slices of baguette.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories440
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 29.9g 46%
    • Saturated Fat 16.5g 83%
    • Trans Fat 1.3g
  • Cholesterol 280mg 94%
  • Sodium 361.9mg 16%
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.8g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber .3g 2%
    • Sugars 1.2g
  • Protein 26g 52%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Get the full Red Lobster dining experience by adding these red lobster cheddar biscuits to your dessert. They’re the perfect treat to enjoy following this delicious main.

    Tips & Tricks

    This recipe calls for 1.5 cups of unsweet white wine. You don’t have to buy anything ultra-fancy, but it’s always a good rule of thumb not to cook with something you wouldn’t want to drink. I almost always cook with a relatively inexpensive unoaked Chardonnay, but any dry white wine will do.

    It also calls for olive oil—make sure this is regular olive oil, not extra virgin olive oil; extra virgin’s delicate flavor doesn’t stand up well to high heat. You’ll find this labeled as “light,” “pure,” or “classic” olive oil, and it will have a lighter color than extra virgin olive oil. If you have a hard time finding non-virgin olive oil, another neutral-tasting vegetable oil will be fine.

    Using frozen shrimp is absolutely fine for this recipe. Just thaw them completely in the fridge overnight or under running water according to the directions on the package.

    Feel free to remove the tails from the shrimp before cooking, or leave them on for the visual appeal.

    It’s easy to double this recipe if you’re cooking for a crowd, but be sure to use a large enough skillet, because shrimp don’t like being crowded in the pan. You can also cook the shrimp in batches.

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