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.
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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.
- Chicken Stock
- Red Pepper Flakes
- 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!
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
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.
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.
Butter, oil, garlic, onions, and lemon are the stand-out flavors. This recipe is very similar to the Olive Garden shrimp scampi.
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.
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.
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.
What is your favorite Instant Pot Pasta?