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Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Pasta is large, juicy shrimp in garlic butter tossed in a creamy pasta. This shrimp scampi recipe is easy to make!

Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Juicy shrimp in garlic butter tossed in creamy pasta. The BEST shrimp recipe!
Servings: 5
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • skillet
  • large pot
  • measuring spoons and cups


  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined with the tails on
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Boil 6 cups of water in a large pot over high heat then salt it generously and add the pasta.
  • Boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package until al dente then reserve 1 cup of the water and drain the pasta and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat then add the shrimp and Cajun seasoning and stir and cook until they start to curl and turn pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan then melt the remaining butter in the skillet and add the onion and cook until it becomes translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Pour in the reserved pasta water and heavy cream and let it come to a boil then turn the heat down and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes then toss in the pasta.
  • Toss in the shrimp and serve immediately with freshly minced parsley if desired.


This pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.