Although different chefs have various interpretations of what exactly “shrimp scampi” is, the generally accepted definition is shrimp cooked in butter and garlic, which is sometimes served over pasta. Adding white wine to this concoction helps draw out the flavors of the shrimp and the garlic.
Easy Shrimp Scampi
This shrimp scampi recipe adapted from Tyler Florence is simple and only takes about 10 minutes to cook, making it ideal for a delicious weeknight meal.
- 1 pound dried pasta (linguine or spaghetti work best)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 shallot, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, sliced
- 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (try pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Red pepper flakes (optional).
Heat a large pot of water over high heat. When it boils, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water for the scampi sauce before draining it.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and saut