Basic Shrimp Scampi, a simple yet Delicious Recipe

Shrimp Scampi
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Cook Time for Basic Shrimp Scampi

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4

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My Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This Shrimp Recipe is one of my favorite BASIC recipes from my Shoebox collection. When you cook, and you want to serve something special, either at home or to some friends, one of the things that I recommend to others is that they go back to the basics.

When looking for recipes, I recommend that everyone first pick a food that interests them.

And if you aren’t sure of the appropriate process to follow, then find one of the BASIC recipes for the dish, and use it.

You don’t have to serve a complex and time consuming dish, to prove that you can cook. You just have to serve a good dish.

My reasoning for going back to basics is that, if you like to cook, then, by using a basic recipe for the process, you leave yourself free to make the recipe your own.

Then, with the addition of other Spices and Herbs that you have on hand and that happen to suit your tastes, at the moment, you end up with a dish that reflects you and your tastes.

Shrimp Scampi, as a dish, is really just your favorite Pasta, covered in Shrimp that are sautéed in Oil, Garlic and Butter. Here is my Basic Shrimp Scampi recipe. Use and modify it to your heart’s content.

Check out my profile page where you will see links to several of my Blogs, including: A FRUGAL CHEF It includes numerous great recipes that are simple to make and easy on your wallet.

Ingredients for Shrimp Scampi

  • 2 lbs Shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and rinsed
  • 1/4 Cup EVOO (Olive Oil), or more to suit your taste
  • 4 each Large Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
  • 3 tbs. Butter, melted
  • 1/2 medium Lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp. Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Instructions for Shrimp Scampi

  1. Make your favorite Pasta. Make enough for four people, and time it to be ready at the same time that you will finish the Shrimp
  2. Heat the EVOO in a large Skillet over a Low to Medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the Garlic and heat until it starts to turn a light golden color, but do not burn it.
  4. Add the Shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes, turn the Shrimp and cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Once the Shrimp is a nice Pink in color add the Butter, Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice and the Hot Sauce, to the mixture and continue to cook, stirring, for around 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the mixture from the heat.
  7. Pour your cooked Pasta into a large serving bowl, and then pour the Shrimp and the sauce over the pasta.
  8. Toss the mixture together until blended well and all of the Pasta is wet with the sauce.
  9. Serve HOT!

Nutritional Content of Shrimp Scampi (1-serving)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 261
Calories from Fat207
% Daily Value *
Fat 23 g35%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 135 mg45%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

NOTES:

NOTE: This dish is great just like it is listed. Pasta with Shrimp and a great Garlic and Butter flavor!

NOTE: A Shrimp Scampi dish like this has a flavor that can stand on its own two feet, it is a robust dish.

But, if you want to customize it, many Herbs and Spices can be used to customize the flavor of your dish even more.

Some suggestions of mine are; Cilantro, Thyme, Rosemary, Orange Zest, even Sage works. It’s your dish anyway, isn’t it?


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mvillecat 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

Yum! I voted up!


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Mvillecat, Thanks for the Read and the Vote UP!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

So simple, but so delicious looking! I love pasta dishes, and I love scampi - I will try this soon!


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks Marcy for the comment. This recipe is a favorite of ours and the great Garlic flavor? MMMMMMM!


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puter_dr 4 years ago from Midwest USA

Love that recipe. That is how they should be made. Recently my wife and I went to a new Italian place, and the menu listed shrimp scampi, and described a dish like yours served with crusty bread to sop up the garlic sauce.

Imagine out dismay when they brought out shrimp swimming in tomato sauce! I think I just decided what I am making for dinner tonight.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the great comment puter_dr. And I hope your dinner is as good as I expect that it will be.

Good Luck.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I can't believe how simple this looks and the cooking / prep time is so short. Thanks for the recipe...I'll be trying that one next with my shrimp. :)


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the comment Denise. Try this one, and I am sure that it will be come a recipe that you make regularly.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

So simple, yet so tasty! I love shrimp almost anyway your can cook it! Scampi has always been one of my favorites! I cook my scampi the same, except for the hot sauce. Hot sauce doesn't like me much. LOL Great recipe! Voting up and useful! :)


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Wow, that looks so easy and yummy. I also like the fact that you posted the nutritional info. Sounds perfect for me.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

sgbrown- Thanks for the read and for the kind words. This one is just your basic Shrimp Scampi that you will find in restaurants around the world. But, Boy is it good!

Thanks again,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Joanne- Thank you for checking out my recipe Hub.

I love this dish and sad to say (according to my growing waistline,sic. ) I eat it and a few others far toooften.

But, a man has to enjoy life where he can find it, I heard somewhere. LOL!

Thanksagain,

DON


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Wow.. This looks so delicious. I love shrimp and this recipe is simply awesome. Thanks for sharing.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Vacation Trip- Thanks for the kind words and I hope that you enjoy the recipe. This recipe is an old standard, made around the world probably because it is so simple to make.

DON


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pstraubie48 3 months ago from sunny Florida

I probably commented on this before but I love "me" some shrimp scampi...my mouth is watering. YUM..

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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