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Shrimp Scampi En Papillote

March 12, 2024

Lemony, garlicky, buttery shrimp plus the addition of a few humble veggies make this impressive yet simple weeknight meal a fan favorite.


Shrimp Scampi En Papillote (in parchment) made with shrimp, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, spices and sprinkled with parsley
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Your New Favorite Shrimp Scampi Recipe

We bet you’ve never made a shrimp scampi that’s this easy! In our shrimp scampi en papillote recipe, steaming packets of jumbo juicy shrimp, fresh asparagus, bursting cherry tomatoes and bright lemon create a garlicky sauce, perfect served over buttery noodles. Our favorite part is that it is equally straightforward as it is sophisticated, but even the kids will approve! In less than one hour, you’ll have a dreamy, simple, one-dish, flavor-packed dinner. And if you have a little crisp dry wine left over, it’ll pair very nicely with it. As Ina Garten would say, “how easy is that?”

ingredients for shrimp scampi en papillote including shrimp, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, spices, chicken stock and noodles

What Do I Need for Shrimp Scampi En Papillote?

Super simple, parchment packets of deliciousness are here! Easy enough for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough for an impromptu dinner party. We love it because it calls for the basics, plus a few other quick ingredients. The result? Saucey, butter, and wine-braised shrimp, tender veggies, and bright flavors all around. For this shrimp scampi en papillote recipe, you’ll need:

  • Shrimp

  • Asparagus

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • EVOO

  • Dry white wine – but also, chicken stock will do!

  • Fresh lemon juice + sliced lemon!

  • Sea salt

  • Brown sugar

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Fresh garlic + garlic powder

  • Butter

  • Any long noodle (for serving!) or, rice works well, too

  • Italian parsley

shrimp, asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, wine, lemon juice, salt, brown sugar, red pepper flakes & garlic powder in a bowl
parchment paper layered with lemon slices, shrimp scamp, butter and sliced garlic to make shrimp scampi en papillote
parchment paper being folded around the shrimp scampi to make created an envelope for the shrimp scampi to bake
parchment paper being folded around the shrimp scampi with the edges firmly rolled to create sealed envelope for the scampi

How To Serve Shrimp Scampi En Papillote

When baked together in parchment, the fresh vegetables and shrimp create a flavorful sauce that begs to be soaked up by buttered noodles! Crusty bread or Garlic Bread will also do. Even though this easy shrimp scampi dish has it all, we could always use more sides! Creamy Polenta, Roasted Zucchini with Parm, or Caprese Salad make it a hearty dinner. Trying to impress your guests? Tie it together with this luxurious Yogurt and Olive Oil Pistachio Cake With Lemon Buttercream.

4 sealed parchment pouches full of shrimp scampi on a baking sheet ready for the oven
4 Shrimp Scampi En Papillote on a baking sheet just out of the oven

How To Make Shrimp Scampi En Papillote

Don’t let the name fool you - this dish is simple! Allow us to break it down for you in a few easy steps!

  1. Cut the parchment paper! For these perfect little packets of shrimp scampi to work, cut the correct sizes – we opt for four (4) 15 x 10-inch ovals which you will fold in half crosswise.

  2. In a large bowl you’ll toss together the shrimp, asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, wine, lemon juice, salt, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and garlic powder.

  3. Make the packets! On each individual parchment paper, place two slices of lemon down and then evenly pile on the marinated shrimp and vegetable goodness! Sprinkle each of them with garlic, butter, and salt! Fold it up, roll the edges down, pop it on the sheet pan and sit back and wait!

  4. Bake! While the packets of shrimp scampi bake for around 18 minutes, prepare your noodles or rice! In no time you’ll have garlicky, lemony, saucy shrimp with fresh vegetables for dinner! Top with a sprinkling of fresh Italian parsley.

an opened Shrimp Scampi En Papillote filled with shrimp, asparagus, tomatoes and scampi sauce sprinkled with fresh parsley

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a bowl of homemade Shrimp Scampi En Papillote served over top of buttered noodles sprinkled with fresh parsley

Dinner in a Pinch!

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Shrimp Scampi En Papillote

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  18 min
  • Calories: 217


  • 3/4 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, deveined, shelled tails left on, about 20 total
  • ½ pound thin asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for serving
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced, about 8 slices
  • 4 garlic cloves very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cooked butter noodles, for serving, optional
  • Italian parsley, for serving


1. Preheat the oven 375°F with a rack in the center position. Cut parchment paper into four 15 x 10-inch ovals. Fold in half crosswise.

2. In a large bowl add the shrimp, asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, wine or chicken stock, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and garlic powder, toss to combine.

3. Unfold the parchment sheets. Pleace 2 lemon slices, on one half of each parchment sheet, evenly dispersed the shrimp mixture over the lemon slices. Sprinkle each with equal amounts of the garlic cloves and top with ½ tablespoon of butter each. Sprinkle the remaining ½ teaspoon salt equally over the 4 servings.

4. Close the parchment by refolding it over the prepared shrimp and carefully roll the edges toward the center to seal. Arrange the pouches on a rimmed sheet pan. Bake for 18 minutes.

5. Transfer the pouches to individual plates. Using a fork, unroll the edges of the parchment, then carefully open the pouches to release the steam and expose the contents.

6. Serve the shrimp and liquid over butter noodles if desired.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories217
  • Protein20 g
  • Carbohydrates8 g
  • Total Fat14 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol152 mg
  • sodium550 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Shrimp Scampi En Papillote

Questions & Reviews

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  • Richard

    can you show me how the parchment paper should look?

    Hi Richard, there are photos throughout the post with step by step shots of the parchment paper folder. Hope this helps!

  • Diane

    Can I prepare the packets In advance or will lemon juice make Shrimp tough

    Yes, that might toughen it up best to not make them in advance.

  • Jenn

    Incredibly Easy, Incredibly Delicious!

    Thanks Jenn!