Best 5 Shrimp Scampi Recipes
While shrimp cocktail may be the centerpiece on appetizer tables everywhere, there are indeed more ways to prepare these two-bite beauties than simply boiling them and serving them with cocktail sauce. For something a bit more dressed up but still deliciously easy to prepare, look to shrimp scampi, a quick-fix classic that pairs garlic, lemon and often a splash of white wine with the tender shellfish.
Most traditional scampi recipes call for relatively petite shrimp, but even the larger varieties don't take more than a few minutes to cook, so it's a must-try preparation when you're pressed for time in the kitchen. Check out Food Network's top-five shrimp scampi recipes below to find tried-and-true as well as creative takes on this favorite dish from Giada, Bobby, Ina and more Food Network chefs.
Make sure these top-rated shrimp turn out tender every time rather than overcooked by quickly searing them in a mixture of garlic and butter. Remove them from the pan as you finish making the lemon-vermouth sauce.
Giada sears the shrimp with shallots for mild flavor, then mixes them with peppery arugula, orzo pasta and a simple lemon vinaigrette for refreshing, vibrant results.
Ready to enjoy in only 15 minutes, Bobby's sweet and savory shrimp are brushed with a bold blend of soy sauce, honey, lime juice and garlic before they're grilled.
The star of Ina's flavor-packed scampi is a buttery topping for the shrimp featuring red pepper flakes, herbs and lemon zest, plus panko for a crispy texture.
Boasting a bright, lemony sauce featuring both spicy and sweet flavors from the red pepper flakes and shallots, Tyler's impressive scampi is served on a bed of pasta to round out the meal.