30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for an easy dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

I’m a huge fan of Piccata – for two reasons really. First, it’s super easy and quick to make and, second, everyone loves it! Chicken Piccata and Pork Piccata are both on regular rotation at our house, but today I thought I’d try something different. Shrimp Piccata! And, instead of serving this Piccata up as a main dish, I thought why not try it as an appetizer. I mean, shrimp are the perfect size for small bites that are perfect for serving at a party, and since the Piccata sauce is already a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, it really just made sense!

But then I got to thinking… What’s the difference between Shrimp Piccata and Shrimp Scampi? What really makes this dish unique?

Here’s where the two are different – Shrimp Scampi has sauteed shrimp that are tossed in white wine, garlic sauce with some flecks of red pepper flakes. This Shrimp Piccata recipe that I’m creating today is a bit different. Like I do with my Chicken Piccata, I’m first dredging my shrimp in flour to give them a nice crispy coating, and then I add in a hefty dose of lemon juice and briny capers at the end. That piccata sauce is tangy, buttery, and briny and I pretty much lick the skillet clean every time I make it. I honestly can’t get enough of it…

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

One word of caution when you’re making the sauce – Be sure not to overcook your garlic or it can become bitter. It helps to let your skillet cool down a bit after frying up the shrimp. You don’t want the skillet scorching hot. Instead, now you want your skillet heated to medium. Also, don’t let the slices cook for any longer than the 30 seconds called for… They turn golden in an instant. Once they’ve reached that color, immediately add in the white wine, chicken stock and lemon juice and watch it sizzle away and reduce until that magical consistency is reached.

I served these Shrimp Piccata bites up to my guests straight out of the skillet. It was a low-key get together that called for just the two necessities – good food and great wine!

To go alongside the Shrimp Piccata I chose a Sauvignon Blanc. Its bright citrus and herbal notes paired perfectly with the lemon and parsley in the piccata sauce.

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.Of course, you can also serve up this Shrimp Piccata on a bed of angel hair pasta to turn it into a traditional dinner. Either way, I’m guaranteeing that you will love it!

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

30 Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: piccata recipe, shrimp piccata
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: Erin

30-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata makes a delicious appetizer, or serve the piccata over pasta for an easy dinner. Shrimp are tossed in a lemon, garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb medium or large shrimp tails on, cleaned and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp capers drained
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Angel hair pasta cooked, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine flour and a pinch of salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Toss shrimp in flour mixture until coated. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add shrimp and cook 2 or 3 minutes, turn and cook 1 more minute. Remove shrimp to plate.
  2. Melt 1 Tbs. of the butter in the pan. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the wine, lemon juice and broth, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, the capers and parsley. Stir in shrimp and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 301mg100%
Sodium 1110mg48%
Potassium 147mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this Shrimp Piccata I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

 

Wine Pairings for Shrimp Piccata:

  • Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus and herbal notes that pair perfectly with the lemon and parsley in the piccata sauce.

 

More Piccata Recipes:

30-Minute Easy Chicken Piccata

30 Minute Easy Chicken Piccata is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. The lemon-garlic, butter caper sauce will have you licking your plate. | platingsandpairings.com

30-Minute Easy Pork Piccata

This 30 Minute Pork Tenderloin Piccata makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner, but it’s also elegant enough for a dinner party at home. The lemon, garlic, butter sauce will have you licking your plate every time! | platingsandpairings.com

3 comments

  1. Richard L Smith

    5 stars
    An easy to prepare and delicious recipe. Also good leftover.

    Reply

  2. Theresa

    5 stars
    This was so good! Super easy and fast dinner I could get on the table even after an 11 hour work day! Love the Dreaming Tree wines! Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you liked it Theresa – You absolutely deserve some wine and yummy food after 11 hours at work!!!

      Reply

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