Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe – How to Make Shrimp Scampi

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is an easy shrimp recipe made with either shrimp, prawns, or metanephrops. The British refer to scampi as Norwegian lobsters that are also called Dublin Bay prawns. The scientific name for the British scampi is Nephrops norvegicus.  Whatever it is called, it involves using some edible crustaceans such as prawns/shrimp and cooking them to be served over the main dish which is often pasta or rice. In the United States of America, April 29th is celebrated as National Shrimp Scampi Day.

Ingredients 

shrimp scampi ingredients
Easy shrimp scampi ingredients
  • 2 cups of Shrimps
  • 4 tbsp of Butter
  • 2 tbsp of White wine
  • 4 tbsp of heavy cream. The heavy cream makes shrimp scampi creamy and adds flavor to it.
  • 3 tbsp of Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp of Cornstarch (or Corn flour)
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper seasoning
  • 4 minced Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp of Smoked Paprika powder
  • 1/4 tsp of chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of Red Chili Pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice from half lemon.
  • 1/4 tsp of Lemon Zest

HOW TO MAKE EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

1) Making the Scampi

garlic butter shrimp scampi in a pan
Easy garlic butter shrimp scampi in a pan
  • Start by seasoning the shrimps with smoked paprika powder, lemon pepper seasoning, red chili powder, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix everything together to combine.
  • Now, add 1 tbsp of cornstarch (corn flour) to the seasoned shrimps. The cornflour adds crunchiness to the shrimp scampi and also helps to prevent direct heat to the shrimp. Too much heat to the shrimps makes them firm and rubbery. Also, mix everything together and set the seasoned and coated shrimps aside.
  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add 1 tbsp of olive oil to it; also, add 1 tbsp of butter and allow it to melt. First adding the olive oil helps prevent burning the butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, go in with the seasoned shrimps and fry on both sides for about 1 minute 30 seconds on low heat. Too much heat to the shrimps makes them firm, rubbery, and not palatable to chew.
  • Remove the shrimps from the pan when they are totally golden brown in color. If you have much amount of shrimps for your scampi, it is better to fry in batches.

2) Making Shrimp Scampi Sauce

add cream, wine , and seasonings to the shrimp scampi sauce
Making the shrimp scampi sauce with cream, white wine, and some seasonings.
  • To make the sauce, add 3 tbsp of butter to the same pan used for frying the shrimps.
  • Allow the butter to melt and then add 4 minced garlic cloves. You should be making the sauce on low heat because the aim is to infuse the flavor of the garlic into the shrimp scampi sauce and not to brown the garlic.
  • Just before the butter starts to sizzle, add the lemon zest, chili flakes, white wine, and cooking cream.
  • To improve the flavor and taste, add 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice to the shrimp scampi sauce and then stir to combine.
  • Also, add 1 tbsp of chopped parsley to the sauce and stir; then bring in the cooked shrimps and stir again to combine with the scampi sauce, then allow it to simmer on low heat for 1 minute before turning off the heat. Your easy homemade shrimp scampi is ready. You can serve it with rice or pasta.
A plate of garlic butter shrimp scampi

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe - How to Make Shrimp Scampi

Bongdap Nansel Nanzip
Shrimp scampi is an easy shrimp recipe made in a sauce with butter and garlic and often served with rice or pasta such as linguine. With just garlic, butter, and shrimp, you can make an easy shrimp scampi recipe that can be served as a side dish with pasta or rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Shrimp
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp White wine
  • 4 tbsp Heavy cream - if you want a creamy shrimp scampi sauce.
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped Parsley - for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch - serves as a thickener.
  • ½ tsp Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 4 cloves minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp Chili pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp red Chili pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice - or just squeeze half of a small lemon.
  • ¼ tsp Lemon zest

Instructions
 

HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP SCAMPI

  • Start by seasoning the shrimps with smoked paprika powder, lemon pepper seasoning, red chili powder, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix everything together to combine and then add 1 tbsp of cornstarch (corn flour) to the seasoned shrimp. The cornflour adds crunchiness to the shrimp scampi and also helps to prevent direct heat to the shrimp. Too much heat to the shrimp makes them firm and rubbery. Also, mix everything together and set the seasoned and coated shrimps aside.
  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add 1 tbsp of olive oil to it; also, add 1 tbsp of butter and allow it to melt. First adding the olive oil helps prevent burning the butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, go in with the seasoned shrimps and fry on both sides for about 1 minute 30 seconds on low heat. Too much heat to the shrimps makes them firm, rubbery, and not palatable to chew.
  • Remove the shrimps from the pan when they are totally golden brown in color. If you have much amount of shrimps for your scampi, it is better to fry in batches.

Making Shrimp Scampi Sauce

  • To make shrimp scampi sauce, add 3 tbsp of butter to the same pan used for frying the shrimps.
  • Allow the butter to melt and then add 4 minced garlic cloves. You should be making the shrimp scampi sauce on low heat because the aim is to infuse the flavor of the garlic into the shrimp scampi sauce and not to brown the garlic.
  • Just before the butter starts to sizzle, add the lemon zest, chili flakes, white wine, and cooking cream.
  • To improve the flavor and taste of the shrimp scampi, add 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice to the shrimp scampi sauce and then stir to combine.
  • Also, add 1 tbsp of chopped parsley to the shrimp scampi sauce and stir; then bring in the cooked shrimps and stir again to combine with the scampi sauce, then allow your shrimp scampi to simmer on low heat for 1 minute before turning off the heat. Your homemade easy shrimp scampi is ready. You can serve it over rice or pasta.

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Notes

The shrimp scampi recipe can be confusing depending on your country of origin. A scampi in the United Kingdom simply refers to the edible lobster called the Dublin Bay Prawn, or Norway lobster. The scientific name for Dublin Bay Prawn or Scampi is Nephrops norvegius.
The shrimp scampi recipe does not use shrimp alone (hence, the name of this recipe is a misnomer). Shrimp recipes can be made using shrimp, prawns, or some Metanephrops (these differ from other types of lobsters in that they have equal sizes of claws).
Keyword Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Scampi Recipe
What to serve with shrimp scampi

It can be served with rice or linguine pasta

What is scampi sauce made of?

Shrimp scampi sauce is made of minced garlic, lemon, lemon zest, butter, and some seasonings such as chili flakes and salt. If you want to make a creamy shrimp scampi, you can add cooking cream to the sauce as well.

What is the scampi part of shrimp scampi?

The scampi part of shrimp scampi consists of shrimp cooked with garlic and olive oil or butter. Other ingredients such as cream, white wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, etc. can be added to make the sauce.

How do you thicken shrimp scampi sauce?

Adding cold butter to the white wine and lemon juice helps in the emulsification of the butter and melts it, making the sauce thickened when simmered on low heat to reduce some water content. Adding flour can further thicken it depending on what you want.

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