Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner is simply delicious!  Using already cleaned and deveined shrimp helps make this shrimp scampi dinner ready in less than 30 minutes!  The secret is the buttery-garlic wine sauce that makes this dish so exquisite.  Serve it alone or with pasta, rice, and quinoa for an easy weeknight dinner!

 

Delicious Shrimp Scampi…

Shrimp scampi is such a delicious dish, and one your whole family will love!  Plus, we’ll share some “great tips” and “easy steps” on how to make this baked shrimp scampi dinner, so you can enjoy it for years to come.

An oval white platter filled with baked shrimp scampi in lemon sauce.

 

How To Make Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner?

Here are our 3 Easy Steps to making our Shrimp Scampi Dinner:

1. PREPARE THE SHRIMP: Shrimps are easily butterflied (see our step-by-step directions below).

2. MARINATE THEM: Then they are marinated with white wine and melted butter, and topped with a light breadcrumb mixture combined with fresh garlic, grated cheese, and dried herbs. 

3. THEN BAKE: When ready? Baked for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they turn pink, and the sauce is bubbly. Then serve.

A oval platter filled with baked shrimp in lemon sauce.

 

Common Questions & Answers:

  1. How Much Shrimp Do We Need? One-pound bag (16 ounces) of frozen Raw Shrimp is good for 4 to 6 servings.
  2. Which Shrimp To Choose? Choose shrimp that comes already peeled, deveined, and with tails on.  (I found these at Trader Joe’s) 
  3. Where To Go To Buy Shrimp? You can easily find shrimp at your local fish market and have them cleaned for you for a few pennies more.  
  4. What Size of Shrimp To Buy? Shrimp scampi is a dish usually made with ex-large shrimp, but you can choose whatever size you prefer.  I found these frozen shrimps to be smaller in size, but it didn’t matter. 
  5. How Many Servings Will This Recipe Yield? This dinner recipe will yield 4 to 6 servings.

Directions: How To Thaw Frozen Shrimp…

1. FIRST: If the Shrimp Is Frozen: allow the shrimp to defrost in the bag, on your kitchen counter, or overnight in the refrigerator.

2. NEXT: Rinse The Shrimp: rinse shrimp under cold running water for about 4 to 5 minutes. This will help remove most of the “iodine” from the shrimp. (see my notes below)

3. DRAIN: allow the shrimp to drain in a colander for a few minutes.

Raw shrimp thawing and draining in a colander.

How Do We Know if the “Iodine” Has Been Rinsed Off?

  • When rinsing, the water will bubble up or create the “suds effect,” as if there is soap in the water.  That is the iodine creating the suds in the water. 
  • You will need to rinse well, and for a few times until “the suds” disappears entirely. 
  • And, the second way you can tell is …if you don’t smell the scent of the iodine in the shrimp.  Then the shrimp is ready for you to cook.

Next, How To Butterfly the Shrimp?

1. FIRST, SLICE THE SHRIMP: Use a knife to carefully butterfly each shrimp, slicing it down the center, halfway through. 

2.  NEXT, CHECK THE SPINE: If you see a thin line of darkness running through the back of the shrimp, pull those out and discard them.  The shrimp should be clean inside and out.  Continue with each shrimp.

3.  SHRIMP IS READY: Then transfer each one to a baking dish. Set them up with a split side down and tails folded over.

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Make the Marinade for Shrimp Scampi…

Now you are ready to make the butter and wine sauce for the shrimp:

1.  Pour in the wine and melted butter.  Season with some sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper on top.  Set it aside.

In a white baking dish, showing the shrimp smothered with butter sauce.

2.  As it sits for a few minutes, the shrimp will marinate in the wine and butter.

3.  Meanwhile, you can preheat the oven to 400 degrees F ( 204C).  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to preheat the oven, giving some time to marinate the shrimp while it sits on the counter.

4.  The bread crumbs with garlic mixture take about 2 minutes to prep, and it’s sprinkled over the shrimp just before it’s baked.   

5.  And, just before I pop the shrimp into the oven, I give an additional sprinkle of dried oregano over the entire dish,  just to give it a little more flavor.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Dinner by 2sistersrecipes.com

Directions To Bake The Shrimp:

1.  Bake Shrimp Scampi in the oven at 400 degrees F. (200C). While the shrimp are in the oven baking,  you can get started with cooking the pasta, or any side you wish.

NOTE: Here, I decided to serve it with our favorite orzo pasta.

2.  Finally, I check on my shrimp and take them out of the oven.  Once, the orzo pasta is drained,  I serve the orzo directly into the dishes and serve with a few shrimp on top and spoon some butter sauce over the entire dish. 

So yummy! πŸ˜‰

A white plate filled with orzo pasta and cooked shrimp on top.

What to Serve with our Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner?

  • The buttery garlic and wine sauce in the baking dish is wonderful for any side to soak up, giving them additional flavor.

It’s truly exquisite!

Easy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner is company-worthy and perfect for busy weeknights.  

Serve it with some crusty bread or with our homemade cheesy mini biscuits and a green salad.  Or you can serve this baked shrimp scampi with any side you like! 

And for our gluten-free friends, you can use gluten-free bread crumbs and gluten-free orzo pasta with this recipe.

The dish always turns out great! 

Try this recipe!Β  ENJOY!

A oval, white platter filled with cooked shrimp in lemon sauce.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Easy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner

A white baking dish filled with cooked shrimp in a lemon sauce.

Easy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dinner is positively delicious! Using already cleaned and deveined raw shrimp, helps make this shrimp scampi dinner easier and ready in less than 30 minutes! Serve alone or over your favorite sides!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (16-ounces) raw shrimp - cleaned, deveined, with tails on
  • 3 Tbsp. plain bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/8 tsp. dried oregano, plus extra
  • 1/8 tsp. dried parsley
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove - finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 6 tablespoon of butter - melted
  • an extra sprinkle of dried oregano
  • Optional: 1/2 to 3/4 pound of Orzo pasta

Instructions

  1. First, rinse the shrimp under cold running water for about 3 to 4 minutes, to remove the iodine from the shrimp. Drain in a colander.
  2. PREHEAT Oven to 400 degrees F ( 204 C).
  3. Next, take each shrimp, one at a time, and slowly slice down the middle, almost halfway through. Transfer to an 8 x 10 baking dish.
  4. Season with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper over the shrimp. Pour in the wine, and drizzle melted butter over the shrimp. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, stir to combine, bread crumbs, Romano cheese, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried parsley, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the crumbs mixture over the shrimp. Scatter with extra dried oregano over the shrimp. Place baking dish with shrimp on the middle rack in the oven.
  6. BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes, or longer until the shrimp are fully baked and turn pink.
  7. In the meantime, bring a medium-size pot filled with water to a boil. Add some salt to the boiling water and toss in ORZO pasta and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until al-dente. Drain.
  8. Serve orzo in dishes, top with a couple of shrimps over the orzo, and top with 3 to 4 spoonfuls of the buttery sauce over the entire shrimp scampi dish and serve. Serve immediately.
  9. Serves 4 to 6

Notes

Keep in mind, all ovens vary. Therefore, baking time will vary to cooking the shrimp. Also, it's a good idea before serving the shrimp scampi, to take one shrimp and taste it. Then you can adjust the seasonings to your liking. Then serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 to 6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 15.6gCarbohydrates: 24.1gProtein: 22.2g

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16 Comments

  1. Nice to know that the Trader Joe’s brand is a good one. I’ll have to try it. And thanks for the recipe!

  2. I made this for dinner tonight. I made extra sauce cause I’m a sauce kinda guy and I was using angle hair which is my favorite. I tossed on some extra cheese at the end and a squeeze of fresh lemon and wow, this is delicious. Quick, easy, and great flavor and now my go to for scampi. Thanks for posting.

    1. Aw, Larry thank you so much! So glad to hear from you and thrilled you had a great outcome with our shrimp scampi recipe. Have a great weekend, and keep on cooking! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Karen! We love orzo and love how it cooks quickly. Have a great day! :0

    1. Aw thanks, Sue This is a great dish and I know you will enjoy this one as much as we do. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you Karen! It’s a favorite in our home too! ENJOY and have a great day!