Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi is an easy weeknight meal you can have on your table in under 30 minutes! The lemon pepper and buttery citrus seasoning works perfectly with the shrimp and pasta combination!

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner, or a special seafood recipe to serve to your loved ones, this Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi is sure to be a pleaser! The shrimp quickly cooks up and is tossed with a lemony butter and garlic sauce coats both the shrimp and pasta.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi in a serving bowl

Shrimp and Pasta – the perfect combination

We absolutely love our seafood and pasta dishes. The two blend together so well and when you add some garlic, butter, and lemon you get the perfect pasta dish!

I love finding various ways to serve up my seafood recipes. Two other recipe favorites of ours are Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Shrimp Broccoli Cavatappi . However, I have to say, that when it comes right down to it, the flavors in this particular recipe are classic and can’t be beat!

Getting a close up of Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi!

What you need to make this recipe

There are certain tools I never go without when making a pasta recipe. Whenever pasta is involved as an ingredient, the you can be certain I am also using garlic, lemon, and butter!

The one essential kitchen tools that I use over and over again are my Citrus reamer, small strainer, OXO liquid measuring cups, and my garlic press. These tools make my recipe making go much smoother and easier!

How to make Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

This easy to make recipe starts with Orzo Pasta. Orzo is small rice-shaped pasta that works really well in dishes like this Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi.

The first thing I do is cook the pasta. It takes about 9 minutes once it has come to a boil. Once it is cooked, it should be drained, returned to the saucepan, and tossed with some salt and parsley.

Stirring the orzo in the cooking pot

While the pasta is cooking, the shrimp can be started. Add a tablespoon of butter and minced garlic to a skillet and bring the butter to a sizzle. Add the shrimp that has been seasoned with salt and pepper.

Raw shrimp in a hot skillet with butter

Cook and stir for about 3 minutes. When the shrimp is no longer opaque, remove from the skillet. Next, add another tablespoon of butter along with the minced garlic. Cook and stir the garlic for about 30-45 seconds. Then add the lemon juice.

pouring lemon juice into the butter and garlic in a hot skillet

Whisk the lemon juice into the butter garlic mixture and then return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi finishing in the skillet with the sauce

Once the shrimp has been returned to the pan, let it simmer about another 30 -60 seconds. Then, add the shrimp to the orzo pasta and toss to coat.

What to serve with Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

Whenever serving a recipe like this scampi, it is always a good idea to have some bread on hand. One of my favorite recipes for bread is this Soft Homemade White Bread. It is so easy to make and so soft and delicious. Perfect for dipping into the garlic butter lemon sauce!

If your thinking about a dessert, then I love these Easy Lemon Cupcakes would be perfect! It keeps that citrus theme going I absolutely love the lemon buttercream frosting!

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi
Yield: 2 servings

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

A pasta dish with bright and fresh citrus flavors


  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate.
  3. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan and add remaining shrimp to pan; saute 2 minutes or until almost done.
  4. Toss shrimp with Orzo, sprinkle with some more fresh parsley and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/2 recipe

Amount Per Serving Calories 524Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 389mgSodium 2146mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 47g

Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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