How to Make Shrimp Scampi

How to Make Shrimp Scampi. 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
  • Salt
  • 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

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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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