I adore Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi. Like, I’m addicted to it. I would buy that stuff in buckets if I could. So when my mom mentioned “shrimp scampi” the other day, I was like “hmm. That sounds pretty darned good” so, in the end we wound up buying the ingredients to make it. The only ingredient I was hesitant about adding was the white wine. I’m not a big wine person, weather its drinking it or cooking with it. About the most I’ve done with it is put some steaks in some red wine to marinade (And it makes the best marinade let me tell you what)
Back to the Scampi though. The first step is to peel and devain the shrimp. I personally prefer using raw shrimp, since thats what they do in the restaurant, but I don’t see why precooked shrimp wouldn’t work. Just be careful not to overcook them. Nobody wants or deserves rubbery shrimp. Accept for maybe your enemy. Here is the recipe I used:
1lb of shrimp
1Tbs Olive Oil
2tbs Garlic, Chopped
1 ½ cups White Wine ( I used Chardonnay)
½ fresh lemon
1 tsp italian seasoning
½ Parmesan Cheese (refrain from eating it as best as you can)
Add Olive oil and cook shrimp. Remove shrimp and set aside. Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. If garlic starts to turn brown you cooked it too much. If it cooks too long it gets better. We don’t want that. Add wine and lemon and cook until wine is reduced by half. Add Italian Seasoning and reduce to low and add butter. Add shrimp again and sprinkle with cheese.
Now, changes I will be making for my batch with my family, is I’m going to reduce the amount of wine, and I will not be adding the Italian seasoning. We also like adding noodles to our scampi. I just like the way it tastes.
And thats it! Its really that simple, and so delicious. Normally with pasta I have a crap ton left over, but not this time! I had enough for lunch the next day for my daughter.