shrimp scampi
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National Shrimp Scampi Day

Having an allergy to seafood has played a large role in my life.

My mother figured it out when I was a toddler. However, my family was a regular seafood-eating bunch so I found reasons to get out of the house on Fridays. I had not interest in eating most types of seafood — although I was jealous of the hush puppies and fries at the local fast food seafood joint!


I did like shrimp.

I didn’t eat if often but I did eat it. Probably dodged a few bullets in my youth…

Now I steer clear. Everyone else in the house eats seafood but they know that I don’t handle or cook any seafood. I even have to kiss my husband before he eats a seafood meal. No kissing later LOL

Today’s recipe for National Shrimp Scampi Day is one that I might have tried to eat as a kid. It has shrimp and spaghetti and garlic.

shrimp scampi

It’s like a trivecta!

I know better these days but that’s no reason for you not to enjoy the deliciousness…

shrimp scampi

Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti

A quick and easy Italian Seafood dish
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1


  • 1 16- oz. box spaghetti
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • ½ large red onion diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ t. ground cumin divided
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • lbs. large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 T. fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 large lemons cut into wedges, divided

Optional to Serve

  • Parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Heat a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti and cook according to package instructions.
    boiling water spaghetti
  • While the spaghetti is cooking, add butter to a large skillet set over medium heat.
    butter shrimp scampi
  • Add red onion, garlic, and ground cumin.
    cumin scampi
  • Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. .
    salt and pepper
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion softens and begins to develop some color, approximately 6-7 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp changes color and starts to curl slightly, approximately 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook.
    shrimp cooking
  • Remove skillet from heat and add the chopped parsley and a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine. Set aside.
    parsley scampi
  • When spaghetti is ready, remove from heat and pour into a colander. Rinse briefly with warm water to prevent sticking. Shake off excess moisture and transfer to a serving platter.
  • Top spaghetti with the cooked shrimp mixture and serve immediately with the remaining lemon wedges and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
    shrimp scampi
Keyword Italian, shrimp, spaghetti
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