Jumbo Shrimp Scampi – Or Whatever You Do

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Jumbo Shrimp Scampi is easy to make and one of the easiest ways to put something that feels stylish on the table in less than an hour I’ve seen. The whole family will love this, and you’ll love how fast it goes from freezer to table.

Jumbo Shrimp Scampi

Are you hungry for a quick and easy, yet elegant, delicious dish that will please everyone? Perfect for an intimate table for two or a group of eight or more.

This Jumbo Shrimp Scampi is just that and more. Tender and juicy jumbo shrimp, bathed in a delicate sauce of garlic and buttery and tasty wine.

This special dinner takes nothing more than a trip to buy the shrimp and a little time.

Don’t let this dish scare you! If you can order it at a restaurant, you can do it at home!

Trust me.

Let’s start with shrimp.

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Where do I buy shrimp and what type should I buy for scampi?

Fresh Fresh

Fresh is the best! For Shrimp Scampi, the bigger, the better my opinion. You can get away with using medium to large sized shrimp, but jumbo shrimp or tiger prawns are best for this dish.

Let’s first talk about raw versus precooked options and the differences.

Raw shrimp are bluish-gray. Shrimp don’t turn pink until you cook them. So that’s why there’s a difference in color.

The pre-cooked shrimp are already pink. These will be a bit harder, or “rubbery” if recooked, so it’s best to avoid this variety when preparing Scampi. The precooked ones are excellent to serve cold as an appetizer with cocktail sauce or in cold salads. Basically anything where they don’t need to be re-cooked.

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Fresh seafood should smell clean and brackish and NOT fishy. If you detect an ammonia or bleach odor, stay away. That could indicate the growth of bacteria. Use your nose and when in doubt, throw it away!

Buy fresh if you have that option where you live, otherwise go to your grocery store’s meat counter or butcher and order raw, deveined, cola shrimp or prawns.

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What is the difference between shrimp and prawns?

Shrimp and prawns are, in fact, different species, but the taste is basically the same. Shrimp are larger in size and typically live in fresh water, while shrimp are usually smaller in size and typically live in salt water. Because they are basically interchangeable in the kitchen, you can use any of the species with the same result.

The taste depends on their diet, or how these crustaceans were raised. Try to buy fresh whenever you can, but if that’s not an option for you, choose shrimp that have been caught or raised in an environmentally responsible manner.

Ask him butcher, or read labels to be sure.

I like to buy my shrimp with the shell on, as I use the shells at the base of my sauce. You don’t have to do this if you’re not comfortable with this option, but the extra effort is worth it in the flavor it achieves in your sauce.

Ok, that’s enough about shrimp to get you started.

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How do I prepare my shrimp for cooking?

After buying your shrimp, rinse with cold water and remove the shells, and then desvene if this has not been done for you, but leave the tail on. Do not throw away your shells, you will use them when you start your sauce.

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Place your clean shrimp on paper towels to drain.

If you choose not to buy shell-on, simply skip that part of the recipe.

Prepare your other ingredients now, as this recipe is quick, as it doesn’t take time to cook your shrimp. Usually 4-5 minutes maximum. You know that shrimp are made correctly when the flesh is dull and pink with no remaining gray.

Use a good stainless steel or cast iron skillet. Anything with a heavy bottom that distributes heat evenly is best for sautéing.

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Can I bake prawns in the oven?

You can bake this dish in the oven if you prefer, but be careful not to overcook your shrimp. Place your shrimp in a single layer on a 14-inch au gratin plate, pour the marinade over the shrimp. Watch carefully. In a 425-degree oven, this should only take 10 to 12 minutes.

Ok, you’re ready to cook!

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What should I serve with this shrimp Scampi?

The good thing about seafood is that almost anything pairs well with them, so your options are endless for side dishes. Anything from fresh bread to salads, pasta, vegetables and potatoes will work.

If you’re preparing a dinner for two, serve a fresh salad with vegetables from your garden, tomatoes, radishes, green onion, and thin slices of cucumber with a light, salty dressing like my Greek Freak Dressing, or a simple vinaigrette.

Prepare some of my Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits aka Cheddar Bay Biscuits, the best imitation recipe to date if you’re like me and LOVE these little things. I could make a meal with them! Perfect accompaniment to seafood for sure.

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Looking for a side to please a crowd? Any of my side dishes recipes would be great with this. Here are some examples to choose from.

  • Summer pasta salad Caprese Florentine Salad
  • with

  • Balsamic Reduction
  • Traeger Grilled zucchini and yellow pumpkin
  • Parmesan noodles from a pot with asparagus
  • Extra creamy roasted garlic puree Mashed potatoes

Choose your menu options and prepare your side dishes First, shrimp should be the latest plated, hot and delicious.

Once you’ve tried this Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, you’ll want to prepare it again and again for friends and family. They will thank you every time.

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