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Shrimp Scampi Recipes Easy & Delicious

Posted Jun 01 2011 7:30pm

Shrimp Scampi Recipes Easy & Delicious

Are you looking for shrimp scampi recipes? Easy delicious shrimp scampi recipes are what I’ve collected here for you.

Simple shrimp scampi is hard to beat when you are looking for a great easy dinner that’s both delicious and impressive.

It’s one of those easy shrimp dishes you’ve probably ordered out in restaurants, but never made at home.

You’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is.

And since it’s always nice to have choices, I’ve included four easy shrimp scampi recipes here for you, so you can find one that’s perfect for you. I’ve even got a shrimp scampi for two, for four and for six – so you are covered no matter how many you’re cooking for along with a recipe for Greek-Style scampi with tomatoes and feta.

One key to successful shrimp scampi is the size of your shrimp. Although you can make shrimp scampi with medium sized shrimp, with this quick easy shrimp dish, bigger really is better!
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Cooking Notes about Shrimp

There are several kinds of shrimp available all year round. Most come frozen or previously frozen, unless you are lucky enough to live along the coast where they are caught. Shrimp are available both raw in the shell, or raw shelled and deveined. They are also available cooked in the shell and cooked shelled and deveined.

They also come in a variety of sizes from very small to jumbo and are categorized by the number of shrimp per pound. The fewer shrimp per pound, the larger the shrimp.

You want raw uncooked large shrimp for scampi.

Did you know that prawns, are not just large shrimp? They are a bright pink European species that the Italians call, scampii. (So scampi now means both a species of shrimp, as well as a way of preparing it.)

When buying shrimp, check to make sure they are still firm to the touch and have to offensive ammonia smell. They should smell sweet.

To Peel Shrimp

Hold the shrimp between your thumb and forefinger and with the other had pull off the feelers and then the entire shell. Remove the tail end with your fingers. Use a small sharp knife to make a shallow cut along the back (outer curved side) of the shrimp to expose the dark vein. While holding the shrimp under running water, scrape away and discard the vein. Place the shrimp on paper towels and pat dry before using.

Simple Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi Sauce

If you have ever wondered how to make shrimp scampi sauce, you’ll be happy to know that there is no one way. At its most pure and simple, shrimp scampi sauce is simply a combination of olive oil and garlic, used to marinate and then baste the shrimp as they are broiled.

Other shrimp scampi sauce recipes include optional additions such as wine, vermouth, green onions, butter, lemon juice and sometimes even grated cheese (something the Italians would never do.)

The best thing to do is find an easy shrimp scampi recipe and then adjust it to suit your tastes. You can serve it with good bread for mopping up the sauce or over rice or pasta.
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Simple Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This is the classic preparation – shrimp that have been marinated in olive oil and garlic and then are basted with the marinade as they are broiled.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Yield: 2 generous servings

Ingredients

1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons dry vermouth (optional)
2 tablespoons, minced fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place them in a small shallow bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour the mixture over the shrimp. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator, turning every once in a while to make sure they marinate evenly.

When ready to serve, preheat the broiler and position an oven rack 6 inches away from the heat. Place the shrimp on a foil lined broiler pan and brush generously with the marinade. Broil 5 to 6-inches from the heat, 3 minutes on each side, basting often with the marinade.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Another great easy shrimp scampi with just a few more ingredients that add a bit of fresh bright flavor and a lot less oil making it a healthy shrimp scampi recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 green onions, finely chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 pounds large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Lemon wedges for serving

Preparation

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat the broiler. In a foil lined broiler pan, combine the scallions, garlic, parsley, butter, oil, lemon juice and salt. Place the shrimp in the pan, turning to coat with the mixture on all sides. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the pan. Broil, about 5 to 6 inches away from the heat, turning once, until the shrimp are opaque and curled, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with the pan juices and garnish with lemon wedges.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe Made Easy

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

This easy shrimp scampi is sauteed in a pan instead of broiled and designed to serve 6. Serve it over a bed of hot fettucini or angel hair pasta and sprinkle with parsley or simply with good bread for mopping up the sauce.

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds uncooked, medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled and deveined and tails removed and patted dry with paper towels.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium green onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

Preparation

In a 10 inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp and remaining ingredients, except cheese, and cook stirring often, until the shrimp are firm and pink, about 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with cheese if desired.

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1-1/2 pounds medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the tomatoes in a large baking dish. Spoon the olive oil and garlic over the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove baking dish from the oven and stir in the shrimp, parsley and lemon juice, being sure to snuggle the shrimp down into the hot tomatoes. Sprinkle with the feta cheese and place back in the oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and cooked, another 10 to 15 minutes, depending on their size. Serve with a simple green salad and warm crusty bread.

More Shrimp Scampi Recipes from Around the Web

Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Elise from Simply Recipes Shrimp Scampi
Martha Stewart Recipe for Shrimp Scampi with video
The Best Shrimp Scampi from Allrecipes

More Easy Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp Pasta Recipes Easy & Delicious – a great collection of favorite easy shrimp pasta recipes including spicy shrimp and linguini and easy Alfredo shrimp primavera
Shrimp Salad Recipes Easy & Delicious - several favorite ways to make shrimp salad
Healthy Shrimp Recipes – several easy healthy recipes with shrimp including a simple shrimp stir-fry, easy shrimp creole and garlic shrimp and spinach
How to Make Shrimp Cocktail – along with several great recipes for homemade cocktail sauces
Shrimp Creole Recipe Easy & Delicious - a great easy shrimp recipe with the flavors of Louisiana

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