This recipe for marinated spicy shrimp scampi with pasta comes together easy enough using fresh or frozen shrimp, tomato sauce with garlic, oregano, parsley, and chili sauce; it's a filling and extremely delicious meal your whole family is sure to love!
What is shrimp scampi?
In the United States, "shrimp scampi" is the menu name for shrimp in Italian-American cuisine (the actual word for "shrimp" in Italian is gambero or gamberetto, plural gamberi or gamberetti). Most variants of the "shrimp scampi" come on pasta.
Why it Works
- This delicious, creamy shrimp pasta recipe has lots of bold flavors and everything you love in an Italian pasta that you can make at home: easy tomato sauce, seafood, and spices and aromatics (oregano, parsley, hot sauce, garlic, and lemon juice), all tossed with angel hair pasta.
- It's super easy to make.
- It cooks in only 20 minutes!
- It uses simple ingredients.
Pasta and shrimp pair exceptionally well. We also combine it with chicken and creamy homemade Alfredo sauce for a meal that leaves no leftovers!
🛒Ingredients and Notes
This recipe is easily made with a few pantry staples.
- Hot sauce - any hot sauce of preference (chili-garlic or Sriracha are a good option).
- Large shrimp peeled and deveined - frozen or fresh.
- Angel hair pasta - this delicate pasta is perfect for the recipe. You can use spaghetti or macaroni.
🔪Step by Step Instructions
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Easy, delicious, and perfect at any time of the week, this pasta and shrimp dish should be on your menu rotation.
- Place scampi in a medium bowl.
- Mix the first 10 ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Measure ⅓ cup of the sauce and pour over shrimp. Marinate refrigerated for at least one hour. Reserve the remaining sauce.
- Cook pasta until al dente.
- Meanwhile, sauté marinated seafood until just cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Add the reserved marinade and cook for about 5-8 minutes longer.
- Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet and toss. Enjoy!
- You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe, but make sure to defrost it first.
- Also, keep in mind that you don't need to cook it at all if you're using frozen and cooked. Marinate it and add it to the sauce to heat it through. If you cook shrimp too long, it tends to get tough.
- The sauce used to marinate the shrimp is super delicious and can be adjusted for spiciness. I pick the shrimp out and eat the pasta alone; it's that good.
- Make sure to cook pasta al dente, rinse it with cold water, drain it, and add it to the marinade. By doing so, you will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in the sauce.
- To intensify the flavor, grill the shrimp instead of sautéing them. Add more hot sauce if you like it super spicy.
Other Amazing Recipes to Try
- Chicken Shrimp Pasta Alfredo
- Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Linguine
- Oven-Baked Bang Bang Shrimp
- Quick and Easy Shrimp "Risotto"
- Grilled Shrimp Kebabs
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Marinated Spicy Shrimp Scampi
- cast iron skillet
- Large pot
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce I used chili garlic
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 8- oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
- ½ pound dry angel hair pasta about ½ package
- Rinse and clean the shrimp. If you’re using frozen, defrost before using. Place in a medium bowl. Mix together the first 10 ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Measure ⅓ cup of the sauce and pour over shrimp. Marinate refrigerated for at least one hour. Reserve the remaining sauce.
- Add the pasta to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until al dente. Refer to package directions for the cooking time.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add marinated shrimp and sauté until just cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Add the reserved marinade and cook, stirring to combine, for about 5-8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Drain the pasta, add it to the skillet and toss. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
- To intensify the flavor grill the shrimp instead of sautéing them. Add more hot sauce if you like it super spicy.
- You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe, just make sure to defrost the shrimp first.
- Also keep in mind if you're using frozen cooked shrimp, you don't need to cook it at all. Marinate it and just add it to the sauce to heat it through. If you cook shrimp too long, it tends to get tough.
- The sauce used to marinate the shrimp is super delicious and can be adjusted for spiciness.
- Make sure to cook pasta al dente, then rinse it with cold water, drain it, and only then add it to the marinade. By doing so, you will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in the sauce.
- For the best results, read additional tips in the post above.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used.
NOTE: This recipe was originally posted in 2015. It is completely revamped with new images and recipe tips to make cooking this dish easier for you.