Food Hussy Recipe: Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi

I have always had a deep love for the Olive Garden. If you didn't know (haha) I'm originally from Iowa and spent a lot of time in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and have to say - Olive Garden was a big friggin deal! It was one of the places me and my bestie would go at least twice a month!!! (And Carlos O'Kelly's!)

One thing that makes an appearance on their menu - is the Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi. It's such a classic dish and it's buttery and garlicky! It's such a delicious and light dinner - you'll love it!!!! 

How to make Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi recipe

This dish is a breeze to make! It goes together so quickly - you start the pasta water and as it's starting to boil - get started by sauteeing onion and garlic - then you add the butter and wine - reduce - add shrimp and you're done! Since you're using angel hair pasta - it only takes 4-5 minutes to boil. 

For the shrimp scampi recipe, I used these giant shrimp and mistakenly had bought the kind I had to peel - oye vay - never doing that again! My tip is be sure to buy the RAW peeled and deveined shrimp - they cook up in just 2 minutes - and are so much better than the pre-cooked! 

What to serve with Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi? 

I would definitely serve the Olive Garden House Salad & Italian Dressing - I mean you have to - right? And while it's not the breadsticks - my Ruby Slipper Buttermilk Biscuits go pretty well with them also! And if you're looking for other Italian restaurant copycat recipes - I have a bunch a bunch in my Copycat Recipes section. 

How to make Shrimp Scampi without wine? 

You can easily swap out chicken broth for the wine. I'm not a drinker so I bought one of those mini-bottles of wine to use just for this. Or if you're wondering which wine you should use? Just go for a cheap white wine - chardonnay is great! 

Can you freeze Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi?

I wouldn't. Shrimp is such a quick cooking seafood - and the whole dish comes together quickly - you're going to be much better off not freezing it and having it fresh. What about reheating shrimp scampi? It's ok - but the sauce might separate a little and be very buttery - still good as long as you like butter! haha

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Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi

Olive Garden is the OG of Italian food and I love it. One of my favorite dishes that sporadically makes an appearance and is a staple is Shrimp Scampi! A delightfully light dish served over angel hair pasta - you'll love it!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 8 minstotal time: 23 mins


  • 1 1/2 lb medium fresh shrimp, shelled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed (I used 5 cloves - I love garlic!) 
  • 3 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1/2 lb angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. HEAT oil in a saute pan. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute; do not brown. Add butter, wine, red pepper, salt and pepper and reduce by half.
  2. ADD shrimp and cook 1-2 minutes until fully cooked.
  3. TRANSFER pasta to plate and top with shrimp mixture.

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