Shrimp Scampi Recipes
typical shrimp scampi recipe
If you want Shrimp Scampi recipes it may help to clarify whether you're looking for the real thing, or what most people think is scampi.
You see, in North America "scampi" has been widely known as a particular way of preparing shrimp -- usually the way it is served in an Italian restaurant.
The real thing
In Italy, however, scampi is the plural for scampo, and loosely translated this means shrimp. Originally it was the term used for Norwegian Lobster, or Dublin Bay Prawns.
Since, shrimp and prawns can be easily substituted back and forth in virtually every recipe, you can basically pick any recipe on this website, and technically be preparing "scampi." If that's OK with you, take your pick from the following drop down list:
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The other Scampi
If it's the other Scampi you're hankering for, then here's some suggestions:
An extremely popular and simple dish, typical
of Italian shrimp cookery.
- Shrimp Pil
Pil is a very simple and tasty Chilean
variation on Garlic Shrimp. Eat it with your
bare hands and you can't avoid licking your
fingers. Compare both the preparation and the results
of this and you'll find it almost identical to the
most typical of scampi.
Scampi Pasta is a combination that is hard
to beat--try this magical invention of chef
Apart from the above, one of my key resources The Ultimate Shrimp Book suggests several variations on a basic Scampi recipe. These include:
Garlic Lovers' Scampi in which you double the
amount of garlic in the recipe.
Grilled Scampi in which you marinate the shrimp in
all the spices and oils then grill them and pour the
marinade over the cooked shrimp just before serving.
Heart-Healthy Scampi in which you substitute any
butter in the recipe for pure olive oil.
Martini Scampi in which you add a 1/4 cup of gin
and some juniper berries to the marinade, and garnish the
dish with green olives.
- Spicy Scampi in which you add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, or more it you like it, to your marinade.