Shrimp scampi, it's the dish so nice, they named it twice. Well, sort of. The word "scampi" is Italian for the meaty tail portion of a prawn. Specifically, the large Dublin Bay prawn, a.k.a., lobsterette, or langoustine if you prefer. They're not exactly what we'd call shrimpy.
OK, so the term "shrimp scampi" is kind of redundant. But, really, it's more like saying "shrimp done in the style of prawns." In other words, with yummy garlic butter.
At its most basic, shrimp scampi is shrimp bathed in garlicky butter and blasted under the broiler. So easy, so perfect. No wonder it's a go-to recipe for busy weeknight meals. And yet, as with most things, there's room for a little tinkering. And here, we've gathered some simple, 5-star takes on the simple shrimp scampi theme. These are 9 ways to make shrimp scampi the perfect weeknight meal.
1.) Start with the Basics
Shrimp, butter, olive oil, and garlic hit the oven. Deliciousness ensues. Serve your shrimp scampi with linguine and you have a classic on your hands. Ready in 45 minutes.
2.) Add Wine and Shallots...and Maybe Mushrooms
Some cooks have sautéed mushrooms along with the shallots and garlic. They were not disappointed. Ready in 40 minutes.
3.) Do It with Dijon
Dijon mustard adds serious zing, zang, zip to an easy shrimp scampi recipe. Ready in 45 minutes.
4.) Toss 'em on the Grill
This healthy shrimp scampi recipe does away with the butter. But adds some lemon juice and parsley. It's a light shrimp scampi. Ready in 35 minutes.
5.) Add Spinach
This recipe is done in the style of Florence. Typically, that means "spinach." And here it also means pesto and tomatoes. This also qualifies as a healthy shrimp scampi recipe if you drop the butter and go with healthy olive oil. Ready in 40 minutes.
6.) Dredge 'em
Dredged in a little flour and quickly fried in olive oil with garlic, red bell pepper, and diced tomato, the shrimp are finished with a white wine and butter sauce. Ready in 50 minutes.
7.) Bring Some Heat
This baked shrimp scampi gets it done with cayenne pepper...and Italian bread crumbs. Ready in 35 minutes.
8.) Replace Shrimp with Tilapia
A no-shrimp version of scampi. Ready in 55 minutes.
9.) Replace the Seafood Entirely...Add Chicken
And finally, a scampi that steps completely outside the seafood family...and adds chicken. How's that work out? The many, many 5-star reviews say just fine. Ready in about 30 minutes.
Related: See Our Collection of Shrimp Scampi Recipes.
VIDEO: See How to Make Shrimp Scampi
This short video shows you how to make a basic, easy shrimp scampi sauce with pasta.
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