Friday, July 23, 2010

Everyone's Basic Shrimp Scampi

Everyone makes their Scampi Sauce a little bit different, except that it all starts out the same, with a few simple, basic ingredients. Mark Bittman's Shrimp Scampi is very basic. So for this weeks IHCC's Potluck, I made a simple Shrimp Scampi. The exception to the rule, I made it my way.  

I added to the mix (as I always make mine), a dash of red pepper flakes, shallots, and a couple of tablespoons of butter in the end to "finish" the sauce. I also forgot to put the garlic cloves and shallot into the picture. Rest assured there's plenty of garlic in this.

Shrimp simmering in oil, shallot, garlic and red pepper.

Shrimp Scampi
Adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more as needed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 shallot, minced
3 or 4 big cloves of garlic
About 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, 20 to 30 per pound, peeled, rinsed, and dried
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, Yeah, I used the dried, (mine is withering in the heat we're having)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup white wine
3 tablespoons butter
Chopped parsley for garnish


Warm the olive oil in a large, skillet over low heat. There should be enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook until just golden, a few minutes. Raise the heat to medium high and add the shrimp and salt and pepper. When the shrimp turn pink on one side, turn them over and add 1/4 cup parsley. Raise the heat slightly and cook until the shrimp are done, about 2 minutes more. Stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and white wine, and cook for anothr 30 seconds. Stir in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until each is incorporated before adding the next. Pour over pasta if desired and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

We had this served over pappardelle, a wide flat pasta. Simple, classic, yet always delicious and satisfying.

This is my offering to our IHCC Potluck this week.


Everyone's Shrimp Scampi

Simple, classic, yet always delicious and satisfying. Perfect served over pasta with good, crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

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 I hope everyone of you are having a fantastic summer. I know we are as we are moving into a much larger home on the 1st. of August. I hope to get back to posting more often in the beginning of the month. I'll post what I can, when I can until then. Stay close, my next post is from Trisha Yearwood's newest cookbook.
Until then, stay safe.
Carla and Michael


  1. Can't wait to see what you post from Trisha Yearwood's book! I love that book!
    I have been craving shrimp in the worst way possible and your shrimp scampi is making me SO HUNGRY!!
    Looks delicious!

  2. Good luck on the move - a larger house means a larger kicthen?! Looking forward to hearing all about it.
    The scampi is one of my favorite ways to eat shrimp. Great post, love the photos.

  3. This is a favorite and I think your recipe sounds delicious! Hope your move goes well.


  4. I wish you lots of love, health, and happiness in your new home. Your shrimp sounds wonderful. I like your additions. I am looking forward to tasting this:)

  5. How can you go wrong...butter, garlic, pepper flakes. MMM MMM GOOOD!

    Hope you have a good move!

  6. This is one of my favorites Carla! And yours looks delicious and has awoken a craving in me. Hope your move goes well!

  7. Gotta love shrimps! Looks really delicious from here.. Good luck by the way :-) Wish everything goes well. Cheers, Amy @ Foodista

  8. Yum! Shrimp scampi is definitel a favorite over mine...I love scooping all the juices and chunks up with a toasted baguette...I like your version over pasta, too! Good luck with your move...and I can't wait to see what you bring from Trisha (I LOVE that book!)... =)

  9. Love shrimp scampi--a great pick! Congrats and best wishes on the move--it will be great once you get settled in. ;-)


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