What To Serve with Shrimp Scampi

If you are trying to figure out what to serve and eat with shrimp scampi for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for. Garlicky shrimp scampi is a traditional Italian seafood meal that takes no time to make The tender shrimp with rich butter sauce is a simple but elegant main course. All of these suggested sides work great for offering shrimp scampi or almost any shrimp, shellfish, or seafood dinner. 

The best sides to serve with shrimp are all right here. If you want traditional Italian sides, salads, drinks, and even desserts, this list of best recipes has you covered with so many choices on what to eat. Whether you enjoy shrimp scampi for a weeknight or a meal with guests, these recipes have something for everyone including gluten-free, paleo, keto, low-carb, and nut-free recipes.   

Scampi originally was just 3 ingredients and didn’t include butter. Over the years what we are most familiar with is an Italian-American version.  To learn more about the ORIGIN OF SHRIMP SCAMPI and how it was never meant to be served over pasta, check it out. For the easiest recipe, this 20-minute SHEET PAN SHRIMP SCAMPI is the real deal and amazing.  It includes fresh vegetables too which goes well with these side dishes, desserts, and drinks. 


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What to Serve with Shrimp Scampi

This is a tasty list of what sides to eat with shrimp scampi for dinner or a party. To help you decide what to serve with shrimp, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on what course you are looking for these recipes all are perfect to serve with seafood including appetizers, drinks, side dishes, and even dessert.  There are cocktails, appetizers, healthy salads, slaws, vegetables, baked goods, and desserts.  This list includes the best of what to make and serve with authentic tamales:

  • Classic & Unique Italian Recipes to Serve with Shrimp Scampi
  • Appetizers, Baked Goods, & Drinks to Serve With Shrimp Scampi
  • Soups, Salads & Vegetables to Serve with Shrimp Scampi
  • Desserts to Serve With Shrimp Scampi

Classic & Unique Italian Recipes to Serve with Shrimp Scampi

This list of sides to serve with Italian seafood includes some of the best authentic and new recipe ideas.  If you want standards like pasta, amazing recipes are listed below.  Plus for a new twist on what to serve with shrimp, try out fried spaghetti.  No matter which recipe you choose, they all taste amazing and go well with your next scampi supper.

Pasta al Forno (Baked Pasta)
Pasta al Forno is a baked pasta casserole everyone will love. This easy recipe for baked rigatoni has tomato sauce, cheese, and more for a great dinner.
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Fried Spaghetti with Eggs
Fried spaghetti with eggs is a great way to enjoy leftover spaghetti in a delicious meal that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. This simple recipe results in crispy spaghetti, fried eggs, with a creamy garlicky sauce that pulls it all together in just minutes. 
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Lasagna that is as authentic as nonnie would make but only 4 net carbs each serving!
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crepini keto lasagna
Pasta Primavera Two Ways - with Zucchini Noodles or Spaghetti
Celebrate Spring and the fresh vegetables of the season with this Pasta Primavera dish. It is great on zucchini noodles and with traditional pasta.
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Pasta Primavera Two Ways - Zucchini & Spaghetti Noodles

Appetizers, Baked Goods, & Drinks to Serve With Shrimp Scampi

Start off dinner with a cocktail or appetizer the next time you have scampi. Or bake some fresh bread to dip into that garlic butter sauce and enjoy with shrimp.  Enjoy a martini, tomato bruschetta, and fresh-baked ciabatta bread to get things started.

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail recipe. Like a combination of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.
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Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade deep-fried sweet potato fries are a quick and easy family favorite recipe. This fantastic method to deep fry & season them makes the best appetizer or side dish.
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Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Onion rings are a classic fried treat that is so easy to make homemade. This beer-battered recipe for onion rings is the perfect side dish, snack, or appetizer.
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Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta
This traditional bruschetta combines the perfect flavors of fresh Roma tomatoes, sweet basil, salty capers, and pungent garlic.
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Crispy Baked Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Crispy oven-baked marinated artichoke hearts is the easiest recipe ever. It is so simple to cook marinated, canned, or frozen artichoke hearts in the oven on high heat to get a crispy outside and a tender inside. They're best as an appetizer, healthy snack, salad pizza topping, or side dish. Artichoke hearts are a wonderful cracker or chip replacement that makes a good gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and keto dipper.
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Ciabatta Bread
Homemade rustic Italian bread has a crispy crust and a tender chewy inside.
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Keto Fat Head Rolls
Homemade soft keto rolls using almond flour are not just low carb (4 net carbs each!) but will please any appetite. They are sturdy enough for use as bread for sandwiches, buns for hamburgers, and great plain.
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Soups, Salads, & Vegetables to Serve with Shrimp Scampi

This category of ideas to serve with shrimp scampi includes quick, easy, and healthy recipes. They are all on the lighter side and include vegetable side dishes that use healthy ingredients to complete your meal. These recipes include gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, and low-carb ideas.

Vegetarian Rice Soup
An easy vegetable rice soup that is vegetarian and full of flavor. This recipe uses vegetable broth, fresh vegetables, tomatoes, rice, and seasonings for a hearty vegan soup that everyone will love.
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Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup
This restaurant-quality low-carb keto cream of mushroom soup is easy to make and simply delicious. The creamy texture with sherry creates a rich velvety mushroom soup that is so much better than any Campbell’s condensed version you can buy. 
Check out this recipe
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Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
Sweet grilled peaches, creamy avocado, tangy goat cheese, and spicy arugula are a summer salad sensation.
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grilled Peach avocado goat cheese arugula salad
Broccoli Apple Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing (no mayo)
This healthy broccoli salad with carrots, raisins, apples, and cheese is amazing. The creamy greek yogurt dressing is low-fat and made without mayo. It is tangy, crisp, fresh, and sweet in every bite. It holds up great for potlucks and barbecues. It is even great as a leftover, unlike other salads.
Check out this recipe
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Rice and Fava Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
The best spring salad of rice and fresh fava beans. It is tossed with lemon vinaigrette & topped with scallions and lemon zest for a bright pop of flavor.
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Rice and Fava Beans Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Antipasto Rice Salad
Rice paired with antipasto ingredients like salami, mozzarella, and olives are mixed with Italian dressing for a wonderful gluten-free salad alternative to pasta salad.
Check out this recipe
Antipasto Rice Salad
Caramelized Brussel sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese
Caramelized Brussel sprouts with brown sugar are a wonderful simple side dish.  To make Brussel sprouts even more wonderful add bacon and blue cheese for a sweet, salty, creamy, and nutty delight. 
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
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Desserts to Serve With Shrimp Scampi

An Italian meal isn’t complete until you have dessert. Any of these wonderful desserts would be great to complete your shrimp scampi dinner. Whether you want something rich or cool, these dessert recipes are great to make and serve at the end of your meal. 

Keto No-Bake Cheesecake
This easy no-bake keto cheesecake is creamy, sweet, and yummy. It is gluten-free, low-carb, and diabetic-friendly with only a few ingredients.
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Plum Ice Cream
Creamy dreamy sweet, and slightly tart plum ice cream is the best frozen treat . This easy homemade recipe is the perfect summer dessert.
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3-Ingredients create a creamy custard and caramelized sugar topping for the perfect creme brulee.
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easy 3-ingredient creme brulee
Stewed Pears
Sweet pears are stewed with sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat. They are great for breakfast or for dessert as a topping or accompaniment. This quick and easy recipe makes wonderfully spiced pears.
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What To Serve with Shrimp Scampi

If you are trying to figure out what goes well with shrimp scampi this list is exactly what you are looking for. If you want appetizers, cocktails, salads, rice, pasta, or dessert this list has the best recipes for side dishes to eat with Italian entrees.
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4



  • Fried Spaghetti
  • Ciabatta bread
  • Pasta al Forno
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Espresso Martini
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Keto Cheesecake
  • Fava Rice Salad


  • Make your favorite Shrimp Scampi recipe
  • Choose one or more of these recipes to serve with it.
  • Enjoy
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