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Versatile, easy, and super delicious- that’s what this easy shrimp scampi is all about! Best of all, you can make it super quickly in your Instant Pot. A shrimp scampi recipe without wine. If you like Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi, you'll love our spin on this yummy restaurant shrimp recipe.

Whether you’re looking for a recipe to utilize that frozen shrimp or are just confused about what to whip up for a quick dinner, this recipe ticks all the boxes! Best of all, you’ll need just a handful of simple ingredients to make it. 

easy shrimp scampi

Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to know beforehand, and some tips and tricks to help you make the best of it. 

Shrimp Scampi Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for Olive Garden shrimp scampi recipe. You will find this is very similar to Olive Garden's Recipe.

  • Shrimp
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Chicken Stock
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Pasta
  • Salt and Pepper

How Can I Make Shrimp Scampi

Full directions and measurements of garlic butter shrimp pasta are in the printable recipe card below.

The first thing you want to do is turn your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi (or another pressure cooker) on the saute mode and add your oil, garlic, and onion. I like to use a garlic press instead of mincing the garlic because it saves me time. Cook the veggies until softened.

Next, toss in the shrimp and stir it around and fully cook. Once the shrimp has cooked, remove from the pressure cooker.

Add in your chicken stock and other ingredients to the recipe card. Then you will place the lid on and pressure cook for 6 minutes to cook the pasta.

Quick-release the Instant Pot when done. Toss in the shrimp and serve up your creamy shrimp scampi pasta recipe. Grab your pasta serving spoon to scoop up the seafood pasta out of the pot to serve on plates. Then, I like to use a cheese grater with a handle to add grated Parmesan cheese to the top of the pasta, just like they do at Olive Garden.

How Can I Make My Easy Shrimp Scampi More Healthy?

This Instant Pot shrimp scampi recipe is an easy one- you’ll need just some simple ingredients, but if you’re looking for a way to make it more healthy, you can do that easily by throwing in some veggies and other healthy ingredients. 

Green beans, carrots, asparagus, bell peppers and zucchini all taste great when added to it. 

If you’re looking to make it even healthier, you can consider steaming or grilling your shrimp and skipping the butter in the recipe.

And of course, you can switch to a whole grain pasta instead of your regular pasta. And if you’re looking to take it up a notch, you can also replace the pasta with zucchini spirals! 

You could also add Instant Pot Lobster Tail Recipe to serve with your scampi.

I Don’t Have Fettuccine. Can I Use Another Pasta Instead?

Of course you can! While fettuccine is the ideal choice for shrimp scampi, you can still opt for another kind of pasta instead- penne, elbow pasta or even spaghetti. 

You can also try this Seafood Pasta recipe. It’s also delicious!

easy shrimp scampi

How Can I Thicken the Sauce?

If your pasta sauce has ended up all runny and watery, worry not! There’s an easy way to make your shrimp scampi sauce thicker and more concentrated in flavor.

Just add a small spoonful of flour or corn flour into the mix before you add in the broth, and let it saute for an extra minute. 

Once you add in the broth, keep stirring continuously and the sauce will thicken.

Another excellent tip is to add in some Dijon mustard into the mix- it will not just thicken your sauce but also lend it a deliciously dreamy and tangy flavor. 

Cool Side Ideas

Loved how the shrimp scampi turned out? Thinking of making it for your special someone or serving it as a dinner for your guests coming home?

You might be hunting for some side dish ideas to team up with it, so here are a few to get you started. 

  • Garlic bread
  • Grilled corn based salad 
  • Mashed garlic potatoes
  • Quinoa salad 
  • Stir fried beans in a spicy sauce
  • Sprightly biscuits 
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with sriracha 
  • Sesame and garlic roasted asparagus 
  • A light coleslaw
  • Roasted carrot sticks
  • Chilled cucumber and onion salad 

Recipe FAQs

Can I Make frozen shrimp in Instant Pot?

This Instant Pot shrimp scampi pasta is just sauteed shrimp. You can cook frozen in the Instant Pot you will just cook it longer until it is fully cooked through. Then remove and place in a bowl while the pasta and shrimp scampi sauce recipe.

What is scampi?

Scampi is a butter and garlic shrimp that can be paired with pasta or just a flavorful sauce. You will find some recipes that do shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta, instead of fettuccine.

How to make shrimp scampi sauce for pasta?

Butter, oil, garlic, onions, and lemon are the stand-out flavors. This recipe is very similar to the Olive Garden shrimp scampi.

How do you thicken shrimp scampi sauce?

To thicken the sauce you can mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water. Whisk to make a slurry then pour in once the pasta and such is done.

How to cook pasta in Ninja Foodi?

Cooking pasta in Ninja Foodi is the exact same as using your Instant Pot. Follow the directions the same, and use your pressure cooker lid.

How to keep pasta from clumping together in pressure cookers?

Pasta in the Instant Pot is great, but if you are not careful you can run into where it clumps together. Fan out the pasta as you place it in the pot.
This will help it to not clump. Make sure all the pasta is covered in water, or it will remain hard. Then pressure cook as directed.

More Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

All of these can be converted right over to Ninja Foodi pasta recipes as well.


Yield: Serves 4

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

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Versatile, easy and super delicious- that’s what this easy shrimp scampi is all about! Best of all, you can make it super quickly in your Instant Pot.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  1. Turn your Instant Pot on sauté mode. Once it is hot, add to your pot the butter, olive oil, garlic, and white onion. Stir occasionally until your butter has melted, and your onion has softened. This should take about 3 minutes.
  2. Add to your pot your frozen shrimp. Stir well allowing the shrimp to cook, as well as taking the flavors of the other ingredients in the pot.
  3. Once your shrimp has cooked, remove the shrimp from the bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add to the pot your chicken stock, water, juice from the lemon, and noodles. Mix well to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  5. Place the Instant Pot lid on and close the seal. Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 6 minutes.
  6. Once your Instant Pot is done, manually release by using a towel or hot pad to open the seal. You do this by bringing the valve toward you.
  7. Once the steam has completely released, open your Instant Pot. Add in your shrimp to the pot and noodles. Mix well.
  8. You can enjoy this dish as is, or you can top with more lemon juice, fresh parsley, salt or pepper to taste, and/or parmesan cheese! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 421Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 260mgSodium 1402mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 35g

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