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Roasted Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Servings: 4

Loaded with garlicky shrimp and a rich lemon flavor, this pasta dish comes together easily and will disappear quickly. Serve with extra grated cheese.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil; more as needed
  • 1 medium lemon, washed, ends trimmed, and halved crosswise (about 6-1/2 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 oz.)
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 10 oz. linguine
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1-1/2 lb. extra-jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per lb.), shelled and deveined
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp. Calabrian pepper paste or other hot pepper paste; more to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 740
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 280
  • Fat (g): 31
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14
  • Cholesterol (mg): 255
  • Sodium (mg): 1850
  • Carbohydrates (g): 71
  • Fiber (g): 7
  • Sugar (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 40


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 450°F.
  • Lightly brush a small foil-lined rimmed baking sheet with oil. Arrange the lemon halves flesh side up close together in the center of the prepared pan. Brush the tops lightly with oil. Roast until the lemon is puffy and just beginning to lightly brown on the edges, and the foil under the lemon turns dark brown and syrupy, 25 to 27 minutes.
  • Turn the lemon halves over with tongs and rub the flesh over the dark spots on the foil to loosen the caramelized bits (the lemon flesh will turn brown). Squeeze the juice and pulp from the lemon into a small bowl, discard the seeds, and set aside. Mince the peel of one lemon half, and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the parsley, cheese, granulated garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining lemon half to a large pot of well-salted water. Bring the water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook until 1 minute before al dente, according to package directions. Remove and discard the lemon. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the peas and cook for 1 minute. Drain the linguine and peas, and return to the pot.
  • Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season with 3/4 tsp. salt. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the oil and the butter over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and pepper paste, and cook, stirring frequently, until just fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine, stirring frequently until just fragrant and simmering, about 2-1/2 minutes. Add the shrimp and toss occasionally until they just begin to turn opaque, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes.
  • Pour the ingredients from the skillet into the pasta pot along with the reserved lemon juice, tossing with some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce, if you like. Season to taste with more salt, granulated garlic, and pepper paste. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, top with the reserved parsley mixture, and serve immediately.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • Jambo | 09/22/2021

    A delightful pasta dinner! The lemon flavor is bright and very present but not overwhelming. Rather than trying to zest the already roasted lemon (a sloppy exercise), I sliced the rind, opened the lemon flat, and then sliced away the pith, similar to skinning a salmon fillet. This worked easily. I then chopped the rind and got none of the bitterness other reviewers complained of. I had an open jar of Harrissa in the fridge, so I substituted it for the pepper paste called for in the recipe. This came out well, too. Probably provided a somewhat different flavor than adhering to the recipe, but it worked nicely. In the end a delicious twist on Shrimp Scampi!

  • TishTish | 06/19/2020

    Wow, this was superb! It takes more time than a usual scampi, but the flavor was so much better and complex. It's definitely a keeper and repeater.

    One change I will make, however, is the same as another reviewer suggested which is to replace the chopped roasted lemon rind with some zest I'll first remove before roasting the lemon. I think the flavor will be better dispersed as the roasted rind is tricky to chop. But otherwise, as my husband said, "this is one of the best pastas I've ever had."

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