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Shrimp Scampi – A delicious buttery, garlic & white wine seafood dish that needs only a handful of ingredients & a half hour to make. A restaurant favorite – but simple to make at home!
Shrimp Scampi – A Restaurant Favorite
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite seafood recipes – Shrimp Scampi.
It’s one of the simplest Italian seafood dishes to prepare – yet one of the most ordered when dining out. All you need is a handful of ingredients and about a half an hour…
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Choose Your Shrimp
A few words on shrimp.
Large, Extra Large, Jumbo – size is preference.
What matters is that you buy raw shrimp. It may be tempting to buy cooked shrimp. You figure you can save a few minutes by skipping the shrimp cooking & peeling and toss those already cooked crustaceans right into the sauce. Resist the temptation.
I’m all for cutting corners whenever possible but in this scenario you won’t do your meal any favors. So much flavor comes from the shrimp (and the little bit of tail shell I keep on) while cooking. You can choose to leave the shells completely on while cooking – lots & lots of flavor here – but then you’ll have to deal with removing shells covered in scampi sauce. I remove the shells when shrimp is going into a sauce – any other way those shells stay on.
This Shrimp Scampi comes together in just minutes. The most time & prep work you’ll do here is peeling shrimp. I usually serve Shrimp Scampi over pasta or with a fresh loaf or two of crusty bread for dipping. Whatever makes you happy 🙂
I hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs shrimp deveined & peeled – leave tail shells on
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes or 2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoon butter
- salt & pepper to taste
- optional 1 lb cooked linguine, rice or crusty bread to serve
- Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium/high heat.
- Add garlic and saute until fragrant – about a minute.
- Add shrimp & parsley. Saute until the shrimp just start to turn pink, 3-4 minutes.
- Pour in wine and cook a few minutes longer. While cooking add the tablespoon of flour in a small mixing bowl. Add about half a cup of sauce from saute pan and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Pour slurry (flour mixture) into saute pan and stir/whisk until thoroughly combined. Sauce will be lighter and a bit thickened.
- Remove from heat, stir in butter until melted & combined. Salt & pepper (generously) to taste. Serve immediately. I enjoy this over pasta or with lots of crusty bread for dipping. Enjoy 🙂