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Basic Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Basic Shrimp Scampi
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 15 mins | Makes: 2 to 3 servings

Shrimp scampi is a simple mix of garlic, shrimp, butter, and wine. It’s a 15-minute meal that can be served over pasta or as a first course with crusty bread and a Caesar Salad.

To see this recipe with illustrated steps, check out The Basics: How to Make Shrimp Scampi.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1 pound raw, peeled, deveined shrimp with tails on (thawed, if frozen)
  • Pasta, crusty bread, or rice, for serving (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped Italian parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the wine or vermouth and cook until the alcohol smell has cooked off, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook, turning occasionally, until pink and opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Serve over pasta, crusty bread, or rice, if desired, and garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.