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9 Ways To Make Shrimp Scampi Your Favorite Weeknight Meal

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

Sexy Shrimp Scampi

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.

Sexy Shrimp Scampi

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

2.) Add Wine and Shallots...and Maybe Mushrooms

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Some cooks have sautéed mushrooms along with the shallots and garlic. They were not disappointed. Ready in 40 minutes.

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Photo by Jason

3.) Do It with Dijon

Shrimp Scampi Bake

Dijon mustard adds serious zing, zang, zip to an easy shrimp scampi recipe. Ready in 45 minutes.

Shrimp Scampi Bake

Photo by LatinaCook

4.) Toss 'em on the Grill

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

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.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Photo by The LogHomeKitchen

5.) Add Spinach

My Special Shrimp Scampi Florentine

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.

My Special Shrimp Scampi Florentine

Photo by Sherri

6.) Dredge 'em

Shrimp Scampi ala Norelllaura

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.

Shrimp Scampi ala Norellaura

Photo by naples 34102

7.) Bring Some Heat

Baked Shrimp Scampi

This baked shrimp scampi gets it done with cayenne pepper...and Italian bread crumbs. Ready in 35 minutes.

Baked Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini

Photo by naples34102

8.) Replace Shrimp with Tilapia

Tilapia Scampi

A no-shrimp version of scampi. Ready in 55 minutes.

Tilapia Scampi

Photo by naples 34102

9.) Replace the Seafood Entirely...Add Chicken

Chicken Scampi

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.

Chicken Scampi

Photo by sanzoe


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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