This Shrimp scampi without wine is made with shrimp, butter, broth, lemon juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes, parmesan and parsley.
The word scampi is just another species of crustaceans, like shrimp. This is how this dish got its name. It is an Italian American staple. This dish deserves room in your stomach because of the amazing buttery lemon taste. The combination of the butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine is absolutely phenomenal.
The actual scampi dish in Italy is served alone without the pasta, although the Italian Americans combined the dish with pasta and named the dish Shrimp Scampi. Truth is, the best shrimp scampi made from scratch couldn’t be simpler and literally takes minutes to prepare.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Olive oil
- White wine
- Red pepper flakes
See recipe card for Shrimp Scampi without Wine quantities.
Bring large pot to a boil and add salt. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.
On medium heat, start by adding the Olive oil, garlic and butter on a large pan. Once the butter melts and the garlic browns, pour in the wine and wait for the wine to evaporate by half, about 6 minutes. (Skip this step if you aren't using white wine).
Pour in the cup of chicken broth, salt, lemon and red peppers.
Let the mixture sizzle for about 2 minutes.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and then add to the pan. Each side should cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink!
Use tongs to help flip the shrimp over. Combine the pasta and the shrimp, with the sauce, together. Finally, garnish with parmesan and parsley!
Hint: Shrimp cooks fast to make sure not to overcook the shrimp.
Shrimp: For best quality shrimp, go to your local fish market. You can use previously frozen shrimp, although for best taste, use fresh shrimp.
Garlic: For best results, use fresh garlic.
Red pepper flakes: The red pepper flakes are totally optional, but for those who need a spicy kick, it complements the dish perfectly.
Olive Oil: Use extra virgin olive oil for good quality scampi.
Chicken broth: I love using chicken broth but you could also use vegetable broth.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add extra chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish.
- Deluxe - top with pepper, parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs.
- Kid friendly - add extra butter.
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Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
The shrimp cooks very quickly so watch closely when you add it. It should not need more than 1-2 minutes on each side.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove