This easy shrimp scampi is a must if you need some easy shrimp recipes for your dinner menu planning!
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I have always loved shrimp. Even as a toddler I was ordering spinach and shrimp salad at my parents' favorite restaurants. I love grilled shrimp, boiled shrimp, broiled shrimp, baked shrimp, fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp... Seriously - I. Love. Shrimp!
I have dozens of delicious shrimp recipes to share with you. Most of my favorites include scrumptious sauces that perfectly complement the taste and texture of shrimp.
How to Make the Perfect Sauce for Shrimp Scampi
One of my absolute favorite scents in the kitchen is garlic being sauteed in butter. Is there anything better? But lately I've also been obsessed with shallots. I normally use regular onions in a lot of my recipes. But shallots have a similar flavor that is just a little more delicate. Plus, they don't leave your fingers smelling like onion for hours. Combined with garlic, shallots add a great note to a sauce for shrimp.
This shrimp scampi recipe also has white wine in the pan sauce. I used a chardonnay that has notes of oak, butter, and vanilla. If you think the sauce smelled good before, wait until you add the chardonnay! If you already have guests at your house, they will come running to the kitchen once they get a whiff.
Finish off the scampi sauce with some lemon juice, a little salt and dried parsley.
How to Cook Shrimp
Shrimp is one of the easiest and fastest proteins to cook. In fact, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. But, it's super easy to over cook shrimp. You most certainly don't want to do that and end up with rubbery bits in your delicious shrimp scampi recipe. Unless you are cooking your shrimp straightened out on a skewer, you know that your shrimp is done when it forms a "c" shape.
For this shrimp scampi recipe, we are sauteing the shrimp in that delicious scampi sauce. I love getting a nice little sear on the shrimp. It tastes yummy and looks super appetizing.
As you may be able to see, I'm using a cast iron skillet to make my recipe. My food never sticks and I don't worry about scraping up bits of teflon.
Here's a quick video so you can see how to make this easy shrimp recipe.
You can serve this easy shrimp scampi all by itself, or over buttered linguini like I did here. Delicious!
By the way, did you know you can make your own butter at home and it's super easy to do? Check out my homemade butter recipe to use in your shrimp scampi.
Looking for other easy shrimp recipes?
Make sure to check out some of my other easy shrimp recipes like Mexican shrimp cocktail and grilled sweet chili lime shrimp kabobs.
You know who else has fabulous shrimp recipes? Karina over at Cafe Delites. Check out her creamy pesto shrimp Alfredo for a serious yum factor. And Sara from Dinner at the Zoo has a recipe for Shrimp Ceviche that I cannot wait to try.
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That's it for this easy shrimp scampi recipe. Until next time!
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- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 5 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup Chardonnay
- juice from 1 large lemon
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- salt to taste
- Heat your skillet over medium heat.
- Add olive oil followed by butter.
- Saute shallots and garlic until they are soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add shrimp to the skillet and allow to cook.
- Add chardonnay, lemon juice, parsley and salt to the dish and stir.
- Remove the shrimp from the skillet and allow the scampi sauce to reduce slightly and thicken up for roughly 2 to 3 minutes.
- Return shrimp to the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 additional minutes.
- Serve shrimp scampi by itself, or over buttered linguini
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 16g
Hi, I’m Jordan – a work at home mom with 3 super fun little boys and a rising country star hubby. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!