This easy seafood scampi dinner can be made in under 20 minutes and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Roast fresh jumbo shrimp and scallops and toss them with delicate angel hair pasta with a garlicky lemon butter sauce for an effortless dinner! For a quick overview of this recipe, check out my web story for this quick and easy shrimp and scallop scampi!
One of my favorite quick and easy dinner recipes is scampi. The seafood and pasta take about the same time to cook so it makes for a quick dinner that is also delicious. This ultimate scampi dinner includes both juicy jumbo shrimp and scallops. The sauce is light, buttery with hints of both lemon and garlic and it finishes the dish off perfectly. No one will know it took you less than 20 minutes to make!
🍤 Ingredient notes
- Jumbo shrimp - Fresh or frozen jumbo shrimp will work for this recipe, just make sure they are raw. To avoid extra prep time, get the shrimp already deveined and with both the shell and tail removed. Make sure you thaw frozen shrimp completely in a bowl of cold water before using. Smaller shrimp may decrease cooking times, so try an match the size of the scallops with the size of the shrimp to prevent uneven cooking.
- Jumbo scallops - Sometimes fresh jumbo scallops are hard to find, so frozen will work as well. Thaw them in a bowl of cold water and thoroughly pat them dry. Bay scallops (smaller sized) will also work if you can't find jumbo ones. Smaller scallops will decrease cooking time so try and match them in size to the shrimp so they cook in about the same amount of time.
- Angel hair pasta - I love angel hair pasta for this recipe because it's light and pairs with the seafood well. It also cooks quickly, so just remember that if you use a different type of pasta, cooking times may need to be adjusted.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Heat a large pot of water over high heat on the stovetop and turn on the oven to broil. Mince the garlic, zest and juice the lemon, and put it all into a small pot with a stick of butter. Place the pot on the stovetop over low heat to slowly melt.
Pat shrimp and scallops dry as much as possible with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
When the water boils, lower the heat to medium high and add the salt and angel hair pasta. Place the shrimp and scallops in the oven under the broiler at the same time. The pasta takes about 4 minutes to cook and the shrimp and scallops will take about 5-7 minutes. Cook the pasta till al dente, or until it is cooked through but with a slight bite to it. It should not be mushy. Drain it completely from the water and return it to the pot or to a serving dish.
Remove the shrimp and scallops from the oven. The back of the shrimps should no longer be translucent and the sides turn a light orange/pink color. The scallops should no longer be translucent and should be slightly firm when you push on them.
Add the cooked shrimp and scallops to the angel hair pasta and then pour the melted butter sauce over the top of it.
Toss lightly to combine and serve with your favorite bread, salad or both!
⭐ Top tip
Pat your shrimp and scallops as dry as possible using paper towels. This will help to make sure there isn't any excess liquid in them so they cook quickly and evenly.Print
- Dairy free - Substitute the butter for dairy free or plant based butter.
- Gluten free - Use gluten free pasta instead of the regular pasta (cooking times may vary)
💭 Frequently asked questions
Shrimp that is fresh should not smell sour or be slimy in texture. If they have black spots or are mushy, then they likely have gone bad.
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