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Simple Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi. Honestly I’ve never been a fan of the stuff. The shrimp scampi I’ve had at some chain restaurants was just overcooked shrimp swimming in oil and butter. Yuck! Nothing special right? But I thought if made the right way, it could be pretty good. So there I went searching my cookbook collection for something shrimp scampi like. And what did I find? Simple Shrimp Scampi, one that’s not drowning in butter and oil and where you can actually taste the flavor of the shrimp.

Simple Shrimp Scampi

Simple Shrimp Scampi

Simple Shrimp Scampi

Yield: 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add 1 pound of shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until just opaque, about 1 minute and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Repeat with the remaining 1 pound of shrimp, transferring shrimp to the bowl with the first batch.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the now empty skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Off the heat and add the lemon juice and vermouth. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, add parsley and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Return the shrimp and accumulated juices to the skillet. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 375mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 47g

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Adapted from Cooks Illustrated


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