I remember when I first learned how to make shrimp scampi. I was expecting a lot of work and time to make something so incredibly delicious. Italian cooking proves me wrong yet again. Technically this is not a true Italian dish, it’s mostly an Americanized version but I think that it is a very good example of what good Italian food is like. Incredibly simple, with the freshest of ingredients, and cooked surprisingly quickly. 15 minutes to be exact.
Shrimp scampi is essentially just shrimp that is cooked in a white wine and garlic butter sauce. It doesn’t actually have to include pasta like I chose here. You could serve this with anything you like really. It could be regular or gluten free pasta like I did, or it could be vegetable noodles, or it could simple be served with vegetables or atop some steamed rice. This is actually a great throw together weeknight meal but it tastes and looks like hours in the kitchen. A true win win.
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- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2.5 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- ½ cup white wine such (don't use a sweet wine, only dry wines like chardonnay)
- 1 lemon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- Heat butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until butter is completely melted and bubbling. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir to incorporate, saute for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Increase heat to medium high and add white wine and lemon juice. Once it comes to a boil add the shrimp in an single even layer so that all the shrimp lie flat on one side. Keep heat the same and boil for 2-3 minutes, then flip all of the shrimp to their other side and cook for an additional minute.
- Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper to your taste, then add the fresh chopped parsley. Toss to distribute seasoning and chopped parsley evenly.
- Serve with whatever you like! If serving with pasta, gluten free pasta, cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and add the pasta in with the shrimp scampi and toss to coat. Do the same with zucchini noodles, sauce the zucchini noodles until they're cooked through before tossing them with the shrimp scampi. Or you can just serve the shrimp scampi with veggies on the side or atop rice or potatoes. When serving garnish with chopped parsley and olive oil. Enjoy!