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Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi

Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi. A fresh, fast and utterly delicious seafood & pasta dinner in only about 20 minutes.

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Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi. A delicious dinner in only 20 minutes!

Originally published December 2009.

Spouse and I are hanging out at home today while the kids are out of town visiting their grandparents. Determined to have a relaxing afternoon, watching movies and generally doing nothing, neither of us was much in the mood to cook but not really enamored with the idea of take-out delivery either.

Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi photo of a single serving garnished with lime and tarragon

Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi. A delicious dinner in only 20 minutes!

This recipe is the perfect compromise; a fuss-free, totally delicious version of shrimp scampi that we literally had on the table in about 15 minutes. That’s quicker than any delivery I’ve ever ordered!

Raw shrimp in a white bowl

Shrimp, peeled and cleaned.

Careful not to overcook shrimp, they only need about a minute a side

Careful not to overcook shrimp, they only need about a minute a side

I think this version of a classic shrimp scampi would be as at home at your finest dinner party as it would be as a workday supper. Well worth trying.

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Pre-cooked shrimp can also be used in this recipe.. Just add them to the recipe at the end., only long enough to reheat them.

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Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi pictured on a white plate
Yield: 4 Servings

Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Tarragon Lime Shrimp Scampi - A delicious quick cooked dinner in 20 minutes or less.


  • 1½ pounds large shrimp, , peeled and de-veined, washed and patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to season
  • juice of one lime
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup diced red pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • zest of one lime, , finely chopped
  • 1 pkg fresh linguine or fettuccine, , or any favorite pasta


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add the shrimp to the pan in a single layer along with the minced garlic.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and cook for only a minute on each side.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the lime juice and white wine.
  6. Simmer to reduce the volume to about half before adding the shrimp back to the pan along with the red pepper, lime zest and tarragon. (You can also add another tbsp or so of butter at this stage to make the sauce a little richer if you like.)
  7. Toss together and cook for an additional minute or two to warm the shrimp through.
  8. Serve immediately tossed with your favorite cooked pasta.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 622Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 389mgSodium 1782mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 45g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Monday 26th of July 2021

Can you replace the wine with something else? Love all your recipes, have made several of them.. Keep up the great work. 🦋🇨🇦Carol


Sunday 13th of December 2009

Shrimp is such a simple and elegant treat, but now must try your recipe. I find myself more enchanted with reading your recipes.

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