Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Scan any Italian restaurant menu and shrimp scampi is bound to be an offering under the seafood options. Luckily, an evening dining out is not necessary to prepare the classic Italian dish. With only a few ingredients and a speedy prep and cooking time, Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi is an easy yet elegant entree to make.

I like to keep a bag of frozen wild caught shrimp on hand in the freezer. There are endless ways to prepare them. A quick thaw is all that is needed to get dinner started.

If you are lucky enough to live near the shore where fresh shrimp is available, by all means buy it. But for the majority of home cooks, frozen shrimp is the best option. Most shrimp is frozen as soon as it is caught. It is a safe bet that buying frozen shrimp is the freshest shrimp available. The shrimp at the seafood counter is most likely the same shrimp from the freezer aisle that just has been thawed and put on display. And there is no telling how long the thawed shrimp has been sitting in the case.

To thaw the frozen shrimp at home only about 15 minutes. Place the individually frozen crustaceans in a large bowl of cold water. Give the shrimp a stir ever few minutes and drain when thawed.

Garlic, wine and shrimp are the main ingredients. They only need to sauté or cook for anywhere from 1 minute up to 4 minutes making dinner a quick endeavor. If you don’t step away from the stove while cooking, it’s a safe bet the lemony, garlicky and buttery shrimp in a light wine sauce will be delicious.

Take care to only sauté the garlic for 1 minute at the most. Any longer and it will scorch and add a bitter or burnt taste to the dish. Reduce the wine for a couple minutes. It will intensify the flavor of the sauce. Only cook the shrimp until they are just opaque. A lengthier cooking time will make the shrimp tough and rubbery. Stirring in a final tablespoon of butter will ensure a velvety smooth sauce.

Add either a side of angel hair pasta or a crusty loaf of bread or both. A simple salad of tender mixed greens with a light olive oil and red wine vinaigrette completes the special meal.


Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi


Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Recipe type: entree
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Serves: 4
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 and ½ pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high and add 2 tablespoons of butter. When the butter has melted and is beginning to foam, add the garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the wine and the juice of one-half of lemon to the pan. Bring to a simmer and reduce the liquid for 2 to 3 minutes. Slice the remaining one-half lemon in thin slices.
  3. Add the shrimp and the remaining lemon slices and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Turn shrimp over one time to cook through. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and stir until it has melted into the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve.
Recipe by Amy Casey ~ 2017

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