A shrimp scampi recipe is a great way to make a succulent entrée that is easy to prepare and brings a taste of Italy to your table.
Don't be Skimpy with your Scampi
In Italy, the word scampi is used to refer to a specific kind of seafood known as the langoustine in France. A scampi or a langoustine is a rather large animal that kind of looks like a small lobster. In America, scampi refers to a style of cooking that uses garlic and white wine. Just about anything you can think of that would taste good with garlic and white wine can be made in the scampi style, although usually it means that you are making a shrimp scampi recipe. When making your shrimp scampi, use the largest shrimp you can find. They may be expensive, but since this is a shrimp scampi recipe you will not regret using the largest, freshest shrimp around.
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
- ½ a stick of butter
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- ¼ of a red onion, diced finely
- 6 cloves of garlic minced or passed through your garlic press
- ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 20 of the largest shrimp you can find, cleaned and deveined
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup of dry white wine
- Juice of a large lemon
- ½ a bunch of parsley chopped fine
- Using a large skillet over medium heat, melt half the butter with half the oil.
- Sauté the onions and red pepper flakes until the onions become translucent.
- Add the garlic and sauté until it becomes fragrant.
- Salt and pepper the shrimp and add them to the pan.
- Sauté the shrimp for two minutes then remove them from the pan.
- Place them on a plate and cover with foil to keep them warm.
- Add the wine and lemon juice and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Add the rest of the butter and oil.
- Once the butter has melted, put the shrimp back into the pan.
- Add the parsley.
- Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed.
- Serve over pasta or in a bowl with some fresh Italian bread.