Drunken Jerk Shrimp Scampi

Last Friday, I wrapped season 1 of my IG LIVE cooking show and made a Drunken Jerk Shrimp Scampi pasta. We had a blast putting this super easy and quick recipe together. The shrimp were pop in your mouth juicy and the garlic, white wine sauce was the perfect complement to the jerk shrimp.

Drunken Jerk Shrimp Scampi

Juicy, pop in your mouth colossal shrimp swimming in a spicy, citrus-infused garlic butter and white wine sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author natasha


  • 1 lb of Jumbo or colossal sized shrimp
  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 5-7 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes + more to serve
  • 1 Lemon zested & juiced + a couple of slices reserved for serving
  • 1 small shallot or red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of Dry White Wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 - 2 tsp of Walkerswood Jerk Marinade Mild or Spicy
  • Splash of Heavy Cream* optional
  • Kosher salt + pepper to taste
  • Flat Leaf Parsley to serve
  • Parmesan Cheese to serve *optional


  • In a bowl, season shrimp with 1-2 tsp of Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning.
  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and saute jerk shrimp.
  • Cook until pink and remove from pan.
  • To the same pan, add more olive oil if needed, butter, shallots, and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Next, deglaze the pan with white wine, lemon juice, and heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  • Season sauce with lemon zest, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Add shrimp back to the sauce with juices and top with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.
  • Mix to combine shrimp and sauce.
  • Scampi is done when the sauce has thickened and shrimp is cooked all the way through.
  • Serve with thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta. Top with lemon slices, more parsley, and red pepper flakes to desired taste.


Serve with thin spaghetti, linguine, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice or crusty bread to dip in the sauce.
You can choose to brine the shrimp for 30 minutes prior to cooking by submerging them in water and adding 1 tbsp of salt + 1 tbsp of sugar and allowing the shrimp to sit in the mixture. This will make the shrimp even more tender and juicy.

The recipe came together so quickly that some of my students who were watching and cooking along kept asking me to slow it down and stretch out the time of the show. This is definitely a busy, weeknight meal idea that you can throw together in 30 minutes or less.

If you’re anything like me then you always have frozen shrimp on hand and once you have that you can make this recipe! You just need a few other ingredients to bring it all together.

I went with a jerk shrimp because it add’s a little bit more depth of flavor to the recipe and I think it makes the combination of lemon, garlic and white wine pop even more. Traditionally, shrimp scampi isn’t seasoned with much else other than salt and pepper so this definitely made it more interesting!

My followers found this recipe delicious, fast, and easy! I hope you’ll take the time to make this Drunken Jerk Shrimp Scampi. Does the drunken part intimate you? Not to worry, we only use about a cup of white wine in the dish and the alcohol is cooked off 100% so not to worry. If you don’t want to use a white wine you can use shrimp stock or chicken stock as your liquid.

P.S. Check out my last recipe here.


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