Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta

One of the most popular shrimp appetizer recipes from the Olive Garden is the Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta. Lightly battered shrimp, that is deep-fried and served with a succulent butter sauce is a wonderful way to start a meal. Can’t get to the Olive Garden? You can make savory fried shrimp in no time at all!

homemade Olive Garden classic shrimp scampi fritta on a blue plate

When you go out to eat, you often get to enjoy meals that are fancier than what you would make at home. For me, this means enjoying an appetizer and a dessert. The Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta is one of my favorite Olive Garden appetizer recipes. The shrimp are lightly battered, cooked to perfection, and then it is served with a creamy buttery sauce that makes this irresistible. This could make a great meatless dinner option if you are looking for a new way to prepare shrimp.

How does the shrimp fritta taste?

This recipe combines crispy lightly-battered shrimp with a sauce that is made with cream, butter, lemon, and a touch of white wine. This creamy sauce compliments ordinary fried shrimp the touch of lemon brings out the flavor of the shrimp.


Don’t worry about hard to find ingredients for this recipe. This recipe uses a homemade shrimp batter recipe, so you don’t need to buy a package of shrimp batter, you are going to make your own. You will need:

  • shrimp – fresh or frozen
  • cornstarch
  • white wine
  • white wine vinegar
  • butter
  • onion
  • lemon

Olive Garden classic shrimp scampi fritta ingredients

How to Make Shrimp Scampi Fritta

This recipe is very easy to make. The batter for the shrimp if very simple, you will simply bread the shrimp with cornstarch and then cook the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes. I have made this recipe with both frozen and fresh shrimp. The sauce takes a bit more time to make. The sauce takes a couple of minutes to make, but it is very easy to make this delicious sauce. You will simply place the onions into the pan with white wine, and white wine vinegar. The liquids get reduced and then the butter and heavy cream get added to the sauce. When the sauce is complete you will drizzle this over the fried shrimp.

What type of batter do you need for this recipe?

The batter for this recipe is cornstarch. The sauce is full of flavor and using a well-seasoned batter would take away from the flavor of the sauce. If you don’t have cornstarch you could use flour, but cornstarch provides a lighter batter and is ideal.

breaded shrimp on a rack

Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Fritta is the perfect shrimp appetizer!

I know when you take one bite of this delicious shrimp you will be hooked. You can serve this recipe with a salad and enjoy a nice light meal.

Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta Sauce in a pan

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Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta

Love the flavor of shrimp scampi? Love fried shrimp? The Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta from the Olive Garden is the perfect combination of the two classic dishes.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta
Servings: 4
Calories: 874kcal


  • 1 pound shelled, deveined shrimp
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cut into tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 lemon slice, you will use 5 to 6 slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley dry is ok
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • vegetable oil for frying


Fried Shrimp Instructions

  • Fill a large pan with 3 to 4 inches of vegetable oil Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Dredge the shrimp in the cornstarch, shake off the excess.
  • Fry the shrimp in small batches for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack until ready to use.

Shrimp Scampi Sauce

  • In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat together the wine, vinegar, and chopped onion over medium heat until the liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon.
  • Add in the small cubes of butter and stir until it is melted. Add in the heavy cream, salt, white pepper, lemon slices, parsley, and lemon juice. Stir to comobine.
  • Place the cooked shrimp on a serving plate and drizzle with white wine sauce.


Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 435mg | Sodium: 1450mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1710IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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