Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe


Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe

Learn how to make Olive Garden's shrimp scampi with this simple and delicious recipe. It also makes a great appetizer to share!

Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe
Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe

This Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi tastes as if came straight from the restaurant. This recipe is a perfect marriage of shrimp and pasta and is one of our favorites out of all the copycat Olive Garden recipes we know.

It's versatile, too! You can easily alter this shrimp scampi recipe by substituting chicken to achieve a different, yet equally delicious scampi recipe. If you're feeling even more adventurous, try lightly breading your shrimp (or chicken) before adding it to the pasta to make Olive Garden's popular shrimp fritta recipe. Cooking with shrimp is simple and delicious, plus it hardly takes any time! You can have an elegant meal on the table in no time, which is perfect for busy nights. 

The best part is the scampi sauce! Garlic and white wine really make this sauce sing with flavor. It's the perfect complement and it tastes just like it does at Olive Garden.

We know you're going to love this copycat dish. After all, most things taste even better when they're homemade!

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Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time30 min



  • 1 1/2 pound medium fresh shrimp, shelled
  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly slivered
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley (to garnish)
  • Lemon and capers are optional, but add a nice flavor.

Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe

  1. Bring a stock pot filled with 6 quarts water and 1 teaspoon salt to the boil. Cook pasta per package directions and drain when done. Set cooked pasta aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss in the sliced onion and cook about 2 minutes, or until translucent.

  3. Add garlic and continue to sauté, 1 minute.

  4. Add wine slowly (may need to reduce heat slightly). Stir for 2 minutes.

  5. Add butter, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Continue stirring.

  6. Stir in shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and lightly cooked. (You'll know shrimp are cooked through when there are no translucent parts of the shrimp).

  7. Add cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat well. Serve garnished with chopped parsley, a healthy squeeze of lemon, and capers sprinkled throughout if desired. 

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This recipe is great for someone who doesn't like to cook (like me!). It takes under an hour to prepare and the flavors I was able to create in such a short amount of time were pretty amazing! I would definitely recommend using lemon (not just for garnish). It goes great with butter and white wine. I'd also recommend adding some capers if you like that tangy flavor.

I keep reading and searching this recipe for the amount of shrimp? Is it peeled and deveined? Fresh or frozen? Help please.

Hello! Thank you for pointing that out. The recipe has been updated. You will be using 1 1/2 pounds of medium fresh shrimp that has been shelled. Hopefully this helps! - Chelsea, Editor

Thank you so much.

I didn't dislike this pasta recipe, but I didn't think it had much flavor. It seems like you can definitely control the kinds of flavors you want based on your liking though, so I'll have to try again maybe using more lemon and butter. Probably more pepper flake too!


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