Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe – How to Make Shrimp Scampi
The Shrimp Scampi reminds me of khaki shorts.
Small silver hair clips are tied with a thin satin ribbon, and finished with an elegant little bow at the end.
I had red, pink, purple and white. What colors did you have?
Shrimp Scampi also reminds me of foreign. The old foreigner, not the “I want to know what love is” foreigner. I know they are probably the same, but they are not in my heart.
seriously. Let’s go. Listen to the song “Waiting for a Girl Like You”. Eat it. I feel it. Remember slow dancing with Stevo at the youth group dance. You’re wearing a Gunne Sax dress and he’s in love with Carrie, not you. This dance is a dance of empathy. Stevo loves you as a friend, nothing more. Your red bangs are frizzy. Carrie tan.
Listen now to “I Want to Know What Love Is”. close your eyes. It’s 1984. Stevo was like that yesterday. I passed him by two inches and now moved on to Simone Le Bon. You don’t want a foreigner singing love songs in 1984. You want them singing love songs in 1981. Or even better: “Head Games” or “Cold as Ice.” Not “I want to know what love is.”
Anyway, the whole thing reminds me of Shrimp Scampi, the classic meal made in the late 70s/early 80s that consisted of shrimp, butter, garlic, and lemon. I add wine (of course) and a dollop or two of hot sauce in an attempt to be exotic, but it’s hard to do much to improve on the original.
I use angel hair because it’s nice with a very light sauce, but thin spaghetti or linguine works well too. I wouldn’t make penne or short rigatoni. Lots of pasta, man.
And about the shrimp scampi: I think I ate it with Stevo once. Maybe at Carrie’s house.
(See you in July, Carroms! I love you and I love your tan. Love you always.)
(So did Stevo.)
Finely chop some onions.
Then bring three or four cloves of garlic (depending on their size)…
And chop it well.
In a large frying pan, melt some butter with a little olive oil. (I took some of this, stay tuned.)
Don’t be like me and step away from the pan long enough for the butter to brown. Then add onions and garlic.
Sauté the onion and garlic for 2 minutes, or until translucent.
Inhale. Exhale. Sing songs of praise for aromas like this.
After that, continue cooking.
Add 1 pound of peeled and cleaned shrimp.
Pour in half a cup of dry white wine. Give or take.
Use the weirdest, weirdest pink alien claw you’ve ever imagined to squeeze some lemon juice into your shrimp. Close your eyes briefly and imagine what life would be like if your hands were in high demand for taking pictures. Then slap yourself, but not because you hate your hands. Because you need to open your eyes and keep cooking.
Add a few drops of hot sauce to the pan. It just adds a little kick.
Finally, sprinkle a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Let this bubble up for a few minutes.
Last minute, throw in the angel hair because it only takes a few minutes to cook.
Add the cooked angel hair and add to the sauce.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the pasta is covered in delicious butter/garlic/lemon/shrimp juices. Add the pasta in two batches. Stop adding it if there doesn’t seem to be enough juices to keep it moist and coated.
Finish off with some chopped herbs (parsley and basil are good)…
And some grated parmesan.
Dinner is served!
Enjoy this easy weeknight meal, guys.
Here’s the printable recipe:
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