Marinated Spicy Shrimp Scampi [+Video]

4 servings
1 hr 30 min

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!

Easy, delicious, and perfect at any time of the week, this pasta and shrimp dish should be on your menu rotation.

Marinated Spicy Shrimp Scampi [+Video]
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 70 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 min
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  • ▢ 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ▢ 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ▢ 1/2 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
  • ▢ 1/2 pound dry angel hair pasta about 1/2 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, and 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 that if you're using frozen cooked shrimp, you don't need to cook it. Instead, 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, 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.
  • Follow the credit link to the original recipe to see the recipe video.
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