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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 (3 reviews)

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    KarenS | 12/01/2019

    Enjoyed making this dish and the results were excellent! My seafood supplier happened to have extra large white shrimp, already P&D which made this a must do recipe. The roasted lemons intensified the overall flavor of this dish but I did add some extra fresh squeezed (maybe a T or so) to loosen up the browned bits. I didn't care for the chopped skin/peel in the topping. Not much flavor there and I thought it added bitterness and diminished the brightness of this dish. Will definitely make again, but instead of the "skin" I will use lots of "ZEST" which I think will be a better choice to maintain the flavor. Garlic, lemons, parm, Yum!

  • JLMinRI | 11/05/2019

    This was a very tasty recipe. Ordered the Calabrian pepper paste on Amazon. Depending on the size of the lemon used, roasting time may need to be extended a minute or two.

    Several measures in the recipe were awkward. 10 oz. linguine - better have a kitchen scale. 2 cups peas - left a small amount in the bag - would have been better specified by weight. 1/2 cup parsley - does anyone really measure this?

    I usually amp up the spices in FC recipes, but I thought that the amount of garlic could be reduced a bit. Still, in the end, very tasty.

  • auntieroro | 10/20/2019

    This was a very interesting twist on shrimp scampi. It was delicious and we loved the parsley mixture sprinkled on top. I could not find the Calabrian pepper paste so I just added red pepper flakes. Also, I tried to mince the lemon peel in my mini-food processor. It did not work well so next time I will just mince on a cutting board with a knife. I might also discard the membrane before mincing. This is a definite "do again". Thank you Fine Cooking.

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