Shrimp scampi is a deliciously decadent Mediterranean seafood dish whose origins seem to be lost to history. This rich, buttery treat is simple to prepare. Just follow this recipe.
Things You'll Need
- 1 ½ lbs. peeled, deveined shrimp
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ tsp. lemon zest
- ¼ cup dry vermouth
- 2 tsp. freshly chopped parsley
Purchase 1 ½ lbs. of white or pink shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. Wash thoroughly and drain well.
Place the shrimp on a flat surface or plate evenly spaced and pat dry.
Salt the shrimp and let sit for 10 minutes.
Peel and chop 3 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic. You also can mince the garlic in a food processor.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Allow butter to reach a foam, and then increase heat to high.
Turn the shrimp into the skillet for even distribution.
Let the shrimp cook for 1 minute.
Add garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute.
Turn shrimp over in the pan and let cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp and place them in a large bowl.
Add the vermouth and lemon juice to the pan to deglaze. Add lemon zest and parsley. Spoon over shrimp and serve.
Tips & Warnings
- Serve the shrimp hot with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice.
- Use lower fat butter and less vermouth to reduce caloric intake.
- Some shellfish causes allergies in sensitive people. Immediately seek medical attention if a guest demonstrates signs of an allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath or swelling.
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