Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi Recipe (Copycat)

Who loves the Cheesecake Factory? I do! Every time I go there, I can never decide what to get.

Not only is their menu huge, but I typically tend to order the same dish because I love it so much, that I don’t always get to explore and try new dishes.

Until today! I decided I am going to make one of The Cheesecake Factory’s famous dishes that I’ve yet to try, The Shrimp Scampi! 

The Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi is made with fried, breaded shrimp, a delicious cream sauce and angel hair pasta.

Sounds easy enough right? The best part is eating it once it’s done, so let’s get started. This is a very easy recipe to make, so let’s get started! 

YieldPreparation timeCook timeTotal time
2-4 servings15 minutes 30 minutes45 minutes

What You Will Need to Make Shrimp Scampi!

Ingredients

Meat

1 lb Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed 

Pasta

½ Package of Angel Hair Pasta 

Spices

1/8 tsp Black Pepper

1 tsp Salt

1 tbs Cayenne Pepper 

½ tsp Baking Soda 

For The Breading

½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs

3 tbs Parmesan (shredded, plus more for serving)

For The Cream Sauce

3 tbs Olive Oil

1 cup White Wine

5 Gloves of Garlic

1-pint Heavy Cream 

½ Red Onion (diced) 

1 Plum Tomatoe (diced)  

1 tsp Fresh Basil (Chopped, plus more for serving)

Modifications and Substitutions 

There is a lot of things you can do with Shrimp Scampi if you wish to change up the recipe a bit.

If you prefer to use a different type of pasta, you can do so. I made this dish with angel hair pasta for myself and then made it with fettucine for my boyfriend. I also used parsley instead of basil because that’s more my preference. 

Instructions: 

Let’s Jump into This Goodness!

Step 1- Boil the pasta: While you prep your shrimp, get your pasta going by placing it in a pot to boil.

I always like to add a little bit of olive oil and salt to the water, so the pasta doesn’t get sticky when it’s drained. 

Step 2- Prep the Shrimp: If you didn’t already purchase the peeled and deveined shrimp, this is your next step to do so.

After, in a bowl coat the shrimp with baking soda and salt. Let the shrimp chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients, breadcrumbs, parmesan, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix everything together making sure each shrimp is covered nicely. 

Step 3- Cook the Shrimp: In a skillet, add olive oil and dump your shrimp in and let it cook on each side for 3 minutes.

Set to the side in a separate dish when you are done, you will add those in later.  

Step 4- Make the Sauce: In the same saucepan, add the white wine and bring it to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic gloves. Simmer it for 8-10 minutes so that wine reduces.

Then pour in your heavy cream and add the onions. Stir everything and simmer for another 7-8 minutes until the sauce is thick.

Next, pour in the tomatoes and basil and season with salt and pepper. Mix it all well and now your sauce is ready.

Step 5- Strain Pasta and Serve: Strain your pasta and serve on a dish/es. Top the pasta with the shrimp and pour over the cream sauce over everything.

This dish typically isn’t drowned in sauce but pour at your preference. Lastly, garnish with some freshly grated parmesan and basil and Enjoy! 

Proper Storage and Reheating   

If you have any leftovers, store them into a plastic or glass container for later or the next day. You can reheat your pasta in a pan with some oil for 5-7 minutes.

Add your garnish after serving and you’ll never know you were eating leftovers. If you freeze your pasta, heating instructions will be the same as refrigerated, except the cooking time will be 8-10 min.

Dietary Options

If you are eating lighter or following a diet, stick to your meat serving portion as recommended in your diet.

You can substitute your pasta for whole wheat or Whole Grain, which has less carbs than regular pasta.

Instead of white wine, you can use fresh lemon juice. As always, a healthier version of all recipes is making everything from scratch yourself, so in this case, stay away from canned sauces as they are not always diet friendly. 

Shopping Tips: Whole Food and Sprouts along with other health food stores have many other options for pasta that you can use that fit into your specific diet. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes  
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: LunchDinner            
Cuisine: American 
Keyword Shrimp ScampiCopycat Shrimp ScampiCheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi      
servings: 2-4          
Equipment: 
Pot and Skillet 
Ingredients
1 lb Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed 
½ Package of Angel Hair Pasta 1/8 tsp Black Pepper1 tsp Salt
1 tbs Cayenne Pepper 
½ tsp Baking Soda
 ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
3 tbs Parmesan (shredded, plus more for serving)
3 tbs Olive Oil1 cup White Wine
5 Gloves of Garlic
1-pint Heavy Cream 
½ Red Onion (diced) 
1 Plum Tomatoe (diced)  
1 tsp Fresh Basil (Chopped, plus more for serving) 

Modifications and Substitutions
There is a lot of things you can do with Shrimp Scampi if you wish to change up the recipe a bit. If you prefer to use a different type of pasta, you can do so.
I made this dish with angel hair pasta for myself and then made it with fettucine for my boyfriend. I also used parsley instead of basil because that’s more my preference. 

Instructions: 
1. While you prep your shrimp, get your pasta going by placing it in a pot to boil. I always like to add a little bit of olive oil and salt to the water, so the pasta doesn’t get sticky when it’s drained. 
2. If you didn’t already purchase the peeled and deveined shrimp, this is your next step to do so. After, in a bowl coat the shrimp with baking soda and salt. Let the shrimp chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients, breadcrumbs, parmesan, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix everything together making sure each shrimp is covered nicely. 
3. In a skillet, add olive oil and dump your shrimp in and let it cook on each side for 3 minutes. Set to the side in a separate dish when you are done, you will add those in later.  
4. In the same saucepan, add the white wine and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic gloves. Simmer it for 8-10 minutes so that wine reduces. Then pour in your heavy cream and add the onions. Stir everything and simmer for another 7-8 minutes until the sauce is thick. Next, pour in the tomatoes and basil and season with salt and pepper. Mix it all well and now your sauce is ready.
5. Strain your pasta and serve on a dish/es. Top the pasta with the shrimp and pour over the cream sauce over everything. This dish typically isn’t drowned in sauce but pour at your preference. Lastly, garnish with some freshly grated parmesan and basil and Enjoy! 
Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi (Copycat)

Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi (Copycat)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

The Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi is made with fried, breaded shrimp, a delicious cream sauce and angel hair pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed 
  • ½ Package of Angel Hair Pasta 
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbs Cayenne Pepper 
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda 
  • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbs Parmesan (shredded, plus more for serving)
  • 3 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 5 Gloves of Garlic
  • 1-pint Heavy Cream 
  • ½ Red Onion (diced) 
  • 1 Plum Tomatoe (diced)  
  • 1 tsp Fresh Basil (Chopped, plus more for serving) 

Instructions

    1. While you prep your shrimp, get your pasta going by placing it in a pot to boil. I always like to add a little bit of olive oil and salt to the water, so the pasta doesn’t get sticky when it’s drained. 

    2. If you didn’t already purchase the peeled and deveined shrimp, this is your next step to do so. After, in a bowl coat the shrimp with baking soda and salt. Let the shrimp chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients, breadcrumbs, parmesan, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix everything together making sure each shrimp is covered nicely. 

    3. In a skillet, add olive oil and dump your shrimp in and let it cook on each side for 3 minutes. Set to the side in a separate dish when you are done, you will add those in later.  

    4. In the same saucepan, add the white wine and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic gloves. Simmer it for 8-10 minutes so that wine reduces. Then pour in your heavy cream and add the onions. Stir everything and simmer for another 7-8 minutes until the sauce is thick. Next, pour in the tomatoes and basil and season with salt and pepper. Mix it all well and now your sauce is ready.

    5. Strain your pasta and serve on a dish/es. Top the pasta with the shrimp and pour over the cream sauce over everything. This dish typically isn’t drowned in sauce but pour at your preference. Lastly, garnish with some freshly grated parmesan and basil and Enjoy! 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 794Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 378mgSodium: 2026mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 34g
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