Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy National Garlic Day- Shrimp Scampi

     Happy National Garlic  Day!  It is an exciting day I know.  How do you use garlic in your cooking, I would love any suggestions as I love cooking with garlic, it adds such a dimension to my cooking.  I love the smell of it roasting on the skillet and the nutty flavor that can come from it.  There are so many different ways to use garlic, but one of my favorite recipes with garlic is nothing more than a simple shrimp scampi, but everyone loves a good shrimp scampi, and it comes all together in a breeze.  It is one of those meals that you can make on even your most chaotic of days and is always going to be a crowd pleaser.  This recipe really shows how sometimes something simple can be simply amazing.  Fix yourself some and enjoy National Garlic Day!

Simple Shrimp Scampi


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Red pepper flakes
1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


Preheat the broiler. Heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the red pepper flakes and cook 1 to 2 minutes; add the shrimp and toss to coat, then stir in the wine and lemon zest and juice. Transfer to the broiler and cook until the shrimp are pink, about 3 minutes.

Return the skillet to high heat and boil the cooking liquid until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and simmer 1 to 2 more minutes; pour over the shrimp.

Serve with angel hair pasta

1 comment:

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

Your pasta with shrimp looks really appertizing. To answer your question ... I almost always crush my garlic with a little garlic crusher (you will probably need to add fewer cloves when crushed)... that way no one ends up with surprise garlic pieces and the dish gets a nice even flavor.