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Jun 10 2011

Succulent Shrimp Scampi

Published by at 11:15 am under Cooking at Home,Friends


We had our friends Sarah and Mark over for dinner the other week and we wanted to prepare something easy that didn’t require having to stop at the supermarket for ingredients. I like to resort to a recipe that only needs a few fresh ingredients that will make the dish really pop! The Shrimp Scampi that we prepared is full of flavor from the butter, garlic, tomatoes, lemon, and basil tossed together with angel hair pasta and a whopping mound of shrimp. It goes perfectly well with a nice glass of white wine. The only thing I regret is not making more so everyone can have seconds!

We sauteed 1 lb. of 31/40 shrimp that has been peeled and deveined in 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. It should take about 2 minutes on each side for the shrimp to cook through. Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and set aside.

In the same skillet, add 5-6 garlic cloves that has been minced (or pressed through the garlic press). Next, add 1/2 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes.

Next, add 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook over high heat for about 1 minute. Finally, add 5 tbsp butter to the pan until it melts.

Now add in 1 cup of diced tomatoes, zest of 1 lemon, and the juice of half the lemon.

Finally, add in the 3/4 lb of cooked angel hair pasta and the shrimp and toss evenly to coat. If you plan to use more pasta, then increase the ingredients for the sauce. Another tip: reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and add it to the mixture to keep it moist, if necessary. We didn't have to use the pasta water since we had the extra liquids coming from the tomatoes and lemon juice.

And don't forget your fresh basil! If you don't have basil, you can substitute for flat-leaf parsley.

Now you can plate the Shrimp Scampi and sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese to make it look like it took more work to make than it really was! This is a great go-to recipe when you plan to have guests over last-minute. These ingredients should be things you already have in the kitchen, so it makes it that much easier to prepare. Grab your fork and dig in to this lovely elegant meal!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Succulent Shrimp Scampi

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Succulent Shrimp Scampi”

  1. Savoriqueon 10 Jun 2011 at 11:22 am

    A mix of amazing food and ingredients can only yield an amazing meal. Nothing is missing.

  2. Debon 10 Jun 2011 at 11:31 am

    Sounds wonderful and looks very easy to make! Going to try this one out! Thank you for sharing

  3. thefoodaddictson 10 Jun 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Savorique. Well-said.

    Deb, please let us know how it turned out if you try it… we love to know other variations if you happen to add/substitute ingredients!

  4. StephenCon 10 Jun 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Beautiful. And I’m am very gratified to know that you know how little time it takes to cook shrimp. Congrats.
    StephenC´s last [type] ..Weve made honest men of each other

  5. Jessicaon 10 Jun 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Looks great and beautiful colors too!

  6. Caseyon 11 Jun 2011 at 12:09 pm

    wow, this looks awesome!! i love shrimp, especially in pasta!!

  7. jerelynon 12 Jun 2011 at 1:54 pm

    hi guys, i havent cook it yet so i cant comment for now, i just want to ask what can i substitute to a dry white wine bec.i leaved in the middle east and we dont have that kind of ingredients so pls.if anyone can tell me, pls.let me know thanks.

  8. Savoriqueon 12 Jun 2011 at 3:09 pm

    @jerelyn: try white grape juice+vinegar+water OR chicken broth OR apple juice+water (think alcohol free cider).

  9. Lori Lynnon 12 Jun 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful dish! I really love how the pasta is perfectly swirled in the first photo. That is gorgeous!
    Sarah & Mark are fortunate guests…
    LL

  10. Adrian (Food Rehab)on 12 Jun 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Whoa! Now that’s a whole lotta shrimp and so wonderfully presented.
    Thanks for the tip regarding the use of 1 cup pasta-cooking water.
    Adrian (Food Rehab)´s last [type] ..Recipe Time- Satay Chicken Boats with Coriander Sails

  11. Lacey @ dishfolio.comon 13 Jun 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Beautiful! We’d love for you to share this over at dishfolio.com!

  12. PKon 17 Jun 2011 at 10:42 am

    Just made it and it was delicious!
    Only changes made were:
    -adding 1 onion well-chopped to protect the garlic from olive oil heat
    -using fresh chilli peppers (2 tiny ones)
    But the rest was exactly according to the recipe. Will definetely make it again and again….thank you for the recipe.

  13. Edon 29 Jun 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I love your shrimp scampi pictures! Amazing!
    Ed´s last [type] ..Wordless Wednesdays – Seattle Burger Company

  14. Raleighcookon 07 Aug 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I tripled tomatoes because I had a ton from the garden. Very fresh tasting!

  15. Mycaon 01 Sep 2011 at 4:03 am

    oh my! Love to try that recipe.. Your shrimp looks so fresh.. And its seem so easy to make.. I’m so excited to cook your dish!
    Myca´s last [type] ..Dominos menu

  16. Quyen - Kitchen Runwayon 03 Sep 2011 at 1:03 am

    Ohhh…..that looks great! We’re inviting ourselves over for dinner soon! :) haa, haa
    Quyen – Kitchen Runway´s last [type] ..Win Tickets to The Taste LA – 2011

  17. Robert Ingrahamon 02 Oct 2011 at 6:09 am

    love your Blog! Great photos, great recipes! But I wish you had printable versions of you recipes like you did for “Meatballs with Bayou Bourbon Glaze”.
    Thanks. I will continue to visit anyway

    Robert

  18. thefoodaddictson 03 Oct 2011 at 6:54 am

    The printable recipe is at the end of each post. See link here.

  19. WindowintoMeon 11 Oct 2011 at 6:12 am

    I have cooked this many times now!!! Just LOVE it…fresh simple ingredients! I cut the crushed pepper in half and added zucchini and mushrooms to the mix instead of pasta! Delish!

  20. Sereenaon 12 Mar 2012 at 8:18 am

    I was looking for a simple dinner to make for my boyfriend and my one year, and this was perfect! Tasted amazing and I especially LOVE the visual with the pictures. Makes everything easier. Thank you!

  21. Angieon 16 Jul 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This recipe is very good. Will definitely be making this again.

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