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Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Recipe

The origins of Shrimp Scampi can be traced back to Italian cuisine. The term "scampi" actually refers to a type of small lobster-like crustacean found in the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed to have its roots in Italian-American cuisine, which developed in the early 20th century when Italian immigrants brought their traditional recipes to the United States and adapted them using local ingredients.
The dish typically consists of large shrimp sautéed in butter or olive oil along with garlic, white wine, and lemon juice. Sometimes, additional ingredients like parsley, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese are added for extra flavor. The shrimp is cooked until it becomes tender and flavorful, and the sauce is reduced to a rich and aromatic consistency.
Shrimp Scampi gained popularity in the United States during the mid-20th century and has since become a classic seafood dish enjoyed in many Italian-American restaurants. Today, variations of Shrimp Scampi can be found in various cuisines around the world, but its Italian-American roots remain a significant part of its history.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Here's a delicious recipe for Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi:


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4-5 large garlic cloves, minced
1 ¼ pounds (600 grams) large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails on or off, your preference)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
¼ cup dry white wine or broth
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


1. The first step is to heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. After that, you will add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
3. The next step is to add the shrimp scampi and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 1-2 minutes per side, or until just beginning to turn pink.
4. Now you must pour in the white wine or broth and add red pepper flakes (if using). Bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until the liquid reduces by about half and the shrimp are cooked through (be careful not to overcook the shrimp).
5. Stir in the remaining butter, lemon juice, and parsley. It is important now to remove from heat immediately.
6. Serve over your favorite pasta, rice, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables.


1. For a richer flavor, you must use browned butter. To brown butter, melt it in a pan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until it turns golden brown and releases a nutty aroma.
2. If you don't have white wine, you can substitute chicken broth or even water.
3. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a bright acidity that complements the richness of the butter and garlic.
4. Don't overcook the shrimp! They will become tough and rubbery. Shrimp cook quickly, so watch them closely.
5. Bon Appetite!

Nutritional Estimate Value for Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Here's an approximate nutritional breakdown for a serving (136 g ) of Shrimp Scampi, using the classic recipe provided:
Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes:
Calories: 239 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Carbohydrates: 5 grams
Fiber: 0,2 gram
Sugar: 1,5 gram
Sodium: 600-900 milligrams

The nutritional values can change depending on the ingredients and cooking methods used. Additionally, serving the Shrimp Scampi with pasta or bread will add additional calories, carbohydrates, and other nutrients.
If you have specific dietary concerns or requirements, it's always a good idea to calculate the nutritional information based on the specific ingredients and quantities you use.

Thank you and enjoy the meal. Bon Appetite, Alex B.

Please Check also Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe here: Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Scampi served
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