April 21

So the other day, the boy and I were talking about food, and he said that he had been wanting to make Shrimp Scampi. Who am I to refuse???

When I think of Shrimp Scampi, it is the shrimp swimming in butter with crumbs on top like you get at Red Lobster. That is made the quick, assembly line way. The classic way gives it a much better flavor and texture.

First you need to get yourself a pound of shrimp. The boy purchased 35/40 shrimp, meaning that there are 35-40 shrimp to a pound. Don’t look for “jumbo” or “medium”. That is not standardized. It’s all about the numbers.

Peel them, de-tail them, and place them on a baking sheet.

Drizzle these little guys with olive oil.

Season them with salt, pepper, old bay, and minced garlic (of which we had none, and used garlic powder).

Broil for 2 minutes or until they turn pink.

Take them out, and pour over lemon juice. This recipe calls for Ā¼ cup, but that was waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy to much lemon juice. I am thinking a tablespoon would have been perfect.

Sprinkle on parsley and Ā¼ cup Panko.

What is Panko you ask? It is a Japanese bread crumb. They are large, sharpish, bread crumbs that totally rock. These make whatever you are breading tons crispier than anything else I have ever used. I am almost out, and must get me some more. The only place I can find them is at King Arthur Flour. I totally love this stuff.

Toss to coat.

Broil again till bread crumbs are brown.

The fun thing about this recipe is that it is more of a basic application or guidelines. Can’t have salt, then don’t use any. Like more lemon juice, use a whole cup. Make it yours. Add more Old Bay, less parsley, or even add some onion powder. It is totally up to you.

Make it today, or tomorrow, or next week, but make it.

It is way better than any sea food restaurant.

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10 thoughts on “April 21”

  1. Yum!! How easy and my hubby would LOVE this!! We all would really, but my hubby just LOVES anything with shrimp!! Thanks for the recipe! šŸ™‚

  2. I think I’m going to get some shrimp this afternoon. How did you season your pasta?

    Butter. If I were making it I would have sprinkled on a bit of parm too.

  3. Oh my!!!

    I love shrimp and will eat almost anything that has shrimp in it!! That looks so very good, I’m hungry right now and I just finished breakfast 30 min ago.

    Being in a strange place I’m not sure of the best place to get shrimp around here. Maybe I’ll plan to make this for hubby’s last night home before going back to work.

  4. I make shrimp scampi often. We love it. The last time I made it I used Linguini. Jarrod likes it with just about any kind of pasta. I just love SHRIMP!!!

  5. Dear Chic,
    I buy Panko at any oriental food market & even at Food Lion. You might check Walmart or Giant Eagle. You could probably even ask the store manager if he could get it in.

    Yes, my dear sweet aunt, but remember I live in Pothole, Ohio. We hardly get anything close to ethnic. I will look at Stuffmart though. It might be tons cheaper.

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