I’ve been craving light and fresh recipes as of late. When I think light and fresh, I usually think salads or seafood. I normally can only eat salads for lunch, however, because they just don’t seem to keep me satisfied for long. For dinner, I crave something with more substance, or I’ll be looking for a snack come 9:00 pm. Not good.
This shrimp scampi is SO simple and fast. I actually use frozen, cooked shrimp. Get this. . .I don’t even thaw it all the way. Who has time for that? The shrimp actually turns out perfect when doing it this way because it doesn’t overcook.
The recipe calls for heating the ingredients in a skillet and then transferring to a baking pan to broil for the last 2-3 minutes. The parmesan cheese and seasoned bread crumbs are the magic to this dish.
That photo below? That’s me eating this wonderful shrimp scampi. Yep, that’s right, dirty fork and all. This is the real world, people, and I eat the food I make on this blog. While at times I may pause to snap a few photos, I try not to let the food get too cold before I dig in. This scampi is a winner. It’s delicious, light, fresh, fast and EASY!
You can literally throw this together in 20 minutes from start to finish. . .if that. However, it’s SO beautiful that those you serve it to will think you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. I won’t tell if you don’t. It’s our little secret. Let’s get to eating!
Shrimp Scampi (Yield: 4 servings)
- 1 stick of butter, divided
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 pound frozen, cooked shrimp (peeled and deveined), almost thawed
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
- 1/4 cup Progresso Herb & Garlic bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup parsley (dried or fresh, minced)
- 1 pound linguine pasta
- Turn your oven broiler on low.
- Cook the linguine according to directions; drain, mix with 1/4 cup of butter and set aside.
- In a skillet, heat the minced garlic together with the rest of the butter and olive oil.
- Add the shrimp, lemon juice, garlic pepper and oregano. Cook and stir until the shrimp are warm and cooked through.
- Transfer the shrimp and sauce to a baking pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs, cheese and parsley.
- Broil on low for 2-3 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
- Add the linguine to the baking pan and toss or just top the linguine with the shrimp and sauce. Serve immediately.